Straighten up and your figure look better right away, advisesThe Biggest Losertrainer Kim Lyons. "When your posture is good, you're automatically engaging and toning your stomach muscles," she says. If you need to remind yourself to stand tall, a few strategically-placedsticky notes should do the trick.
Keep those fluids coming! "Being dehydrated causes the body to hoard water," Lyon says, leading you to carry up to four excess pounds around your midsection. Aim forat least eight cups of wateror other fluids daily.
Researchhas linkedsnacking on nutswith having a lower waist circumference. Nuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, making them a more satisfying pick than pretzels. Make sure you stick to theunsalted versionsto stave off sodium-induced puff, and keep in mind one serving is about a small handful.
Brew Some Coffee
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, London says. The regular bowel movements help with a flatter belly.
Power Up Your Breakfast
Add low-fat milk to yourmorning cerealand you may have a belly-busting win. Diets high in calcium-containing foods have beenlinked with healthier body weight. Plus, the minerals found in dairy products — calcium, potassium and magnesium — can help to counterbalance bloat-inducing sodium.
Have a Seat
"Most women don't want to talk about it, but you really have to set aside a specific time each day touse the bathroom," notes Judith Reichman, M.D., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles. If you don't, it's too easy to give into feeling rushed, and ignore the urge to go." Once you've trained your brain to dismiss your body's signals, you set the stage for bloat-inducing
Rather than scarfing down meals, of chewing each bite at least 10 times before swallowing. "The body has to work overtime to break down food in the stomach and intestines, which can lead to major gas and indigestion," Dr. Reichman says. Plus, when you eat fast, you're more prone to swallowing air, which can ratchet up your risk of developing a potbelly.