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Abs are made in the kitchen! 7 flat tummy foods to add to your diet

Evoke.ie logoEvoke.ie 1/04/2017 Yolanda Zaw

Stop sweating it out doing ab crunches and listen up here!

Abs are not made in the gym…they’re sculpted in the kitchen. 

Motivation Weight Management’s Claire Jackson reveals what foods to eat to help you get that trim tummy so you can look fab going into the festive season. 

7 Flat Tummy Foods

1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon can help speed up metabolism as it takes a little extra energy to metabolise. This boost in metabolism will allow you to burn more calories and assists with flattening the tum.

2. Chicken

Similar to cinnamon, your body uses more energy to break down protein than carbohydrates, or fats. The more clean protein you eat they better for your mid-drift. 

3. Green tea 

Studies have shown that drinking down two to four cups of green tea a day can increase metabolism by 4 to 10 percent, thanks to a powerful antioxidant called EGCG.

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4. Cucumber

Tasty and satisfying, cucumbers are great at filling you up without filling you with calories. Add to your water bottle or chop up in your lunch salad. 

5. Legumes

Legumes otherwise know as beans, peas and lentils are among one of the most nutritious plant foods there are.

They’re high in fibre and if you’re trying to flatten your mid-section, the fibre will help you with bowel movements and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.

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6. Turmeric

Recent years have seen an explosion of research into curcumin, an antioxidant found in turmeric.

Studies have shown it has anti-inflammatory affect so it may help reduce stomach bloating.

7. Chili

Recent research has revealed that a certain compound found in chili peppers called capsaicin boosts your metabolism.

Therefore the higher your metabolic rate, the faster you’ll burn belly fat.

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