Foods for Flatter Abs

It’s that time of the year when we all promise to “Have the best body this summer”. Here are a few tricks that work to flatten your abs in conjunction with exercise.

1.    Plain or Greek yogurt: We all know that yogurt is good for us, but did you know it’s also good for maintaining your flat abs? For a nice mid-section, reach for the kind that’s plain flavored or Greek. “The probiotic bacteria in most yogurts help keep your digestive system healthy, which translates into a lower incidence of gas, bloating, and constipation, which can keep your tummy looking flat.”

2.    Whole grains: Set aside the white bread and rice and swap them(or Half & Half) in for whole grains such as 100-percent whole wheat bread, lentils, and brown rice. “A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that a calorie-controlled diet rich in whole grains trimmed extra fat from the waistline of obese subjects,” Palinski says. “This may be due to the decreased insulin response to whole grains versus refined carbohydrates, making it easier to mobilize fat storage.”

3.    Cruciferous vegetables: That means, broccoli, brussels sprouts, asparagus, peppers, and yellow beans, which contain vitamins A, C, and K, as well as folate, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, and fiber, Batayneh says.

4.    Monounsaturated fats: New research indicates that a diet high in monounsaturated fats like olive oil can help us lose some of that belly fat, even without changing calorie intake or adding in additional exercise, Palinski says.

5.    Vinegar: A Japanese study found that the substance that gives vinegar its sour taste and strong odor might fight fat. “The study found that in overweight individuals who consumed 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily for 12 weeks had significantly lower body weight, BMI, visceral (belly) fat, and waist circumference than the control group that didn’t consume any vinegar,” Palinski says. “Researchers feel this may be due to vinegar’s acetic acid, which may switch on genes that pump out proteins that break down fat.”

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By |July 10th, 2012|15 Comments


  1. Stephnie Ihebinandu October 23, 2017 at 3:22 am - Reply

    Pls I just want to lose belly fat, i’m 5ft11 and my average weight is 66kg so I don’t really want to lose weight, is the belly blast plan OK for me?

  2. Bridget April 21, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Hello I live in france I really want to come down I have been taken vinegar apple for 3 weeks now.pls want can I do more specially on my belle fat .pls I need your help

  3. winnie October 28, 2014 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Is heinz apple cider vinegar good?

  4. Olufunke June 24, 2014 at 6:37 am - Reply

    is the heinz apple cider vinegar good too? i

  5. Chinenye June 2, 2014 at 9:34 am - Reply

    could you assist me on where i can find Greek yogurt in Nigeria

  6. Emass June 17, 2013 at 8:24 am - Reply


  7. Kemi Oluboro June 16, 2013 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    If you are buying Apple Cider Vinegar be sure you buy the brand with “mother” like Braggs brand.

  8. abebi June 7, 2013 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Could you pls assist me on where to get this Greek yogurt? being looking for it for sometime now. Tx

  9. abebi June 7, 2013 at 10:13 am - Reply

    waowwww, you guys are really wonderful!!!! Reading for the first time that one could drink apple vinegar. Thanks for this piece.

  10. Obi November 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Nne thank you. It’s been a while since I was on your page. But you never cease to educate and induce salivation (ur recipes are gbam). I’ve been making my own version of vinaigrette (black pepper, salt, honey, lime juice, oil, and vinegar) and its been great with chopped cabbage and nuts (not much of a salad person, so have to make my own recipe that I will actually like) … next trial is to add plain greek yogurt to the vini. mix for my very own salad dressing … any tips?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 26, 2012 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      sounds like you are already a master, maybe try some flavored healthy oil.

  11. Relentless Builder August 28, 2012 at 10:10 am - Reply

    What an apt title! I am yet to meet any body just dying to grow a one-pack (i.e. pot belly).

    The vinegar bit was the ‘surprise’ entry for me. That smell sha …

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      You don’t like the smell of Vinegar? lol

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