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8 Foods For a Flatter Tummy

8 Foods For a Flatter Tummy

In order to get a flatter tummy, you have to lose weight. In order to lose weight, you need to consume fewer calories than you burn. There are many low-calorie foods out there that can help you accomplish this. Here are 10 of my favorites.

1. Strawberries

strawberries

    Berries of any sort are way lower calorie than you would expect for the sweetness and volume. Strawberries are just my favorite — blackberries too. A full 100g serving of berries yields 30-40 calories, tons of fiber, and antioxidants. You could eat a full pound of berries for less than 150 calories. They’ll curb your sweet tooth too.

    2. Popcorn (unbuttered)

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    popcorn

      Movie theater popcorn is one of the worst possible things you could eat while dieting. A large bag of popcorn at your average theater puts you down upwards of 1000 calories. The problem is the butter. Getting completely unbuttered popcorn is ridiculously low-calorie in comparison and very high volume to keep you full. It’s an excellent salty snack to kick yet another craving while trying to lose the belly fluff.

      3. Zucchini

      zucchini

        Zucchini is actually quite versatile when it comes to dieting. Boasting only about half the calories of the same amount of berries (only about 17 calories per 100g), it will keep you ridiculously full. It’s an excellent tool for big eaters. You can split your zucchini down the middle and use it as pizza crust for low-carb zucchizza. You can even grate up your zucchini and throw it into your oats to double (or even triple) the volume. Trust me, you won’t taste them. I was skeptical at first too. I’ve come to find it’s one of the most awesome tricks to help you eat more food while consuming fewer calories.

        4. Greek Yogurt

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          Greek yogurt is another versatile, high-volume food for fewer calories. It has the added benefit of being extra high protein too. In comparison to carbs and fats, protein burns the most calories while digesting so you get an extra metabolic boost. Throw some berries into your greek yogurt for a low-cal, high-protein, extremely filling, sweet snack.

          5. Egg Whites

          egg whites

            Remember what I just said about protein having the highest metabolic calorie-burn? Well, egg whites are one of the few foods out there that is almost 100% protein. Lean meats are close, but they typically have more fat than egg whites. It’s important to eat enough protein so that your muscles don’t shrink. This helps you decrease your body fat percentage as you lose weight and will make your stomach appear flatter and more defined. I like my egg whites with a little garlic and hot sauce.

            6. Oatmeal

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              Yes, carbs are on the list. You need carbs to fuel your workouts and you should definitely be working out if you want to see the best results. Oats are one of the best options because they are slow-digesting and contain B-vitamins to give you prolonged energy throughout the day. I usually eat my oats about an hour before my workouts. If you need an extra protein kick, try mixing in a scoop of protein powder into them! For extra volume, throw in some grated zucchini to make zoats!

              7. Grilled Chicken

              grilled chicken

                Grilled chicken is a staple in most bodybuilding diets. That’s because it is one of the leanest meats out there and provides a whopping 25-30g of protein per 4 oz piece. Sure, it’s not as good as fried chicken — just remember the goal you’ve set for yourself. Fried chicken sandwiches are great, but grilled chicken sandwiches are pretty darn good too. Throw on some honey mustard and you’re golden.

                8. Unsweetened Almond Milk

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                  Almond milk is an excellent low-calorie, low-carb alternative to regular dairy milk. I prefer skim milk myself, but almond milk boasts only about 1/3 of the calories skim milk does. For those looking to cut back on the calories, almond milk is definitely a good option for your cereals and even as a mix in for some tasty drinks. Some people even use it for baking.

                  In order to see the best results, you should also implement an exercise routine. You can find a list of over 100 5-minute core workouts you can do at home without a gym membership here.

                  Cardio is also important to increase calorie burn and see results faster. Implement 2 or 3 20-30 minute cardio sessions weekly to speed up your results.

                  That said, stay consistent and be patient. Change takes time. If you stick to your guns with the proper nutrition and exercise, your results will be amazing.

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                  Last Updated on August 20, 2019

                  10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                  10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

                  Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

                  In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

                  These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

                  1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

                  Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

                  But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

                  Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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                  2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

                  You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

                  The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

                  3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

                  If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

                  Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

                  If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

                  4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

                  Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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                  To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

                  In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

                  5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

                  We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

                  If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

                  Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

                  “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

                  6. Give for the Joy of Giving

                  When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

                  One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

                  So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

                  7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

                  Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

                  Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

                  8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

                  When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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                  So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

                  9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

                  Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

                  It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

                  It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

                  10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

                  There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

                  But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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                  Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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