6 Foods to Help Get a Slimmer Belly

It's not just for gym rats! Protein powder contains amino acids that burn fat and build muscle. Add two teaspoons to a smoothie for a fat-busting drink. Find it at health food stores.
Watch out: Make that smoothie with fruit, yogurt, and low-fat milk — adding protein powder to a chocolate shake doesn't make it health food (we wish).
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Berries stuff a lot of filling fiber into a tiny package: Just one cup of raspberries has six grams. 
Watch out: Jelly is the junk food of the fruit world. It has almost no fiber and contains added sugar.

  1. Almonds and  Other Nuts
    • Go nuts! They slim your tummy by keeping it full. Stick to 24 almonds a day to satisfy your hunger  without overloading on calories. Watch out for salted nuts
  2. Protein Shakes
    • It’s not just for gym rats! Protein powder contains amino acids that burn fat and build muscle. Add two teaspoons to a smoothie for a fat-busting drink. Make that smoothie with fruit, yogurt, and low-fat milk( Almond milk is amazing).
  3. Fresh Berries

  4. Beans and Legumes
    • Beans are low-calorie and packed with protein and fiber. You could make a bean burrito dish (or any bean dish) once a week. It would help cut out the sat fat and replace with fiber. Beans help you to tone up and lose weight.
  5. Green Vegetables
    • Green veggies are packed with vitamins and minerals. Spinach and broccoli are loaded with fiber and very few calories. Iceberg lettuce has almost no fiber, so use spinach, arugula, or romaine instead.
  6. Avocados
    • They contain a lot of heart-healthy fats. Avocados are a great source of filling fiber (11 to 17 grams per avocado). They are great just sliced on top of a green salad.



Instant Energy Anyone?

Everyone is always looking for ways to get instant energy. Here are 5 ways for you to get fired up fast.

  1. Get up and move
    • Exercise helps increase your circulation, relieves muscle tension (which can wear you down physically), and causes your brain to release endorphins. That’s not all — it also helps you take in more oxygen and fires up your metabolism. While you should aim for a 30-minute workout several days a week, try for five or ten minutes anytime you need energy. Here are five quick pick-me-ups.
      1. March in place
      2. Jump rope
      3. Power walk
      4. Climb stairs
      5. Do lunges and squats
  2.  Add Scents to the Room
    • Certain scents may increase your attention span and help you focus. To recharge fast, inhale deeply as you cut into or squeeze a lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit. If you’re in the mood for something more exotic, try breaking off a fresh leaf of mint or rosemary, or sipping a cup of peppermint tea — these aromas can also invigorate the senses.
  3. Stay Hydrated
    • Surprise — the most common reason people feel tired is because they’re dehydrated. Why? The less water there is in your system, the less oxygen is circulating in your bloodstream. The cure: Drink eight glasses of water throughout the day — or chug a glass of the refreshing stuff whenever your energy lags.
  4. Healthy Snacking
    • Noshing on a healthy mix of carbohydrates and protein can provide a prolonged boost to your blood-sugar level, giving you energy for hours.
      1. Half a bagel with peanut butter
      2. One cup of whole-grain cereal with skim milk and fresh fruit
      3. Half a cup of trail mix containing nuts and dried fruit
  5. Cut on the Tunes
    • One of the easiest ways to bust out of a slump is to listen to music you like. The beat and rhythm of the song stimulates your brain, making you feel more alert. I suggest picking tunes that start off slow and gradually build in speed. A bonus: Bouncing to the beat — even if it’s just tapping your toes — revs up your circulation.