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5 Foods for a Flatter Stomach

If there were foods that you could eat to get a flatter stomach, would you eat them? We would (and we do!)! Here are five foods that you should consider adding to your diet (if you don’t eat them already).

Yogurt

Yogurt contains probiotics, which are good-for-you bacteria that aid in digestion and fight against bloating and constipation. It also contains protein, which keeps you feeling satisfied so that you don’t end up diving into a bag of chips (or other foods that would lead to overstuffing and bloating your belly, as well as cause weight gain) soon after eating it.

Look for yogurt without a lot of added sugar; yogurt often is high in calories, which will backfire because excess sugar causes your body to retain water and look bloated and puffy.

To boost protein even more, go for Greek yogurt, which can contain as much as 17 grams of protein per 6-ounce serving, making it the perfect satisfying snack or accompaniment to oatmeal and berries at breakfast. Try Creamy Oats and Fruit Pudding or a Pomegranate Banana Protein Smoothie

Aim for one serving of yogurt per day.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain the magical combination of water and potassium, which brings on an instant flat stomach by flushing excess sodium, water and bloat from your body and belly. Plus, they’re fiber-packed (goodbye constipation and the puffiness that comes with it!) and super-low in calories, so you can eat a lot of them without gaining weight.

Snack on grape tomatoes. You can have two cups for less than 60 calories! They’ll fill you up with their fiber and water content and keep you lean.

Add tomatoes to your sandwiches, salads, omelets, soups and wraps.

Added bonus: Eat some tomatoes before you head to the beach; the lycopene in tomatoes acts as a natural sunblock.

Avocados

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats and research shows that dieters who ate foods containing monounsaturated fats lost more belly fat than those who ate less monounsaturated fat (even though they all ate the same number of calories). Monounsaturated fats stop blood-sugar spikes that lead to an accumulation of fat around the midsection.

One ounce (3 slices) of avocado is 50 calories.

Dip veggie slices into 1/4 cup of guacamole or mashed avocado.

Swap mayonnaise and other fatty condiments for

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