Our express guide to the 3 tips to help you achieve that flat tummy you’ve always longed for. Short of a 12 week boot camp in the jungles of Thailand, we’ve rounded some simple tips that will not require you to lift a finger to see results in time for bikini season.
Keep those fluids coming! It sounds paradoxical but there is sound science behind this tip. Being dehydrated causes the body to hoard water, leading you to carry up to four excess pounds around your midsection. Aim for at least eight cups of water or other fluids daily.
Besides H20, high-water foods like fruits and veggies are also a good option to replenish your body’s water stores. These water-rich foods will also fill you up faster, curbing cravings and mid-day snacking. Start your meal with soup or salad. Be smart about timing your meals. Start with a pre-dinner sliced crudity and spicy hummus. The combo of caspsaicin (a spice in hot peppers) and the chickpeas’ soluble fibre can help curb hunger, allowing you to graze gracefully when the mains arrive.
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BREW A CUPPA
Another win for your cup of joe: Caffeinated coffee is a natural (mild) diuretic, which helps you de-puff by eliminating excess water in the body. Java’s stimulating effects also keep things moving in your gut. The regular bowel movements help with a flatter belly.
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Not a new technology, the fat-freezing procedure formally called cryolipolysis was first discovered after, rumor has it, doctors noticed that children who ate a lot of ice pops experienced fat degradation in their cheeks. “Fat is more temperature-sensitive than your skin,” explains Dr Low Chai Ling, founder of SW1 Clinic. “It goes through the cell death process before your skin does.”
Approved by the FDA in 2010, cryolipolysis has been used to diminish love handles and other unsightly body bulges without surgery. Every session results in about a 20% reduction of fat. And while results are not comparable to that of surgical liposuction, fans of this procedure say that they see good results after 4-5 sessions.