Dr. Mehmet Oz, the popular television personality known for his advice and tips on medical issues and personal health, has looked at various scientific strategies to reduce your body’s fat cells, kill your hunger, and tighten your core, resulting in an amazing flat tummy of your dreams. In this article we will share some of insights from Dr. Oz that will help you get a flat tummy. You can find more Dr. Oz tips for a flatter stomach in this Huffington Post article.
1. Hot Pepper Jelly Can Rev Your Metabolism
The first thing you can do to targeting and destroying your belly fat is to rev the metabolism in your body. Ignite the fat-burning engines in your body by eating hot pepper jelly. Hot pepper jelly is packed with capsaicin, which is a chemical that puts the kick in the peppers we eat and speeds up metabolism to as high as 20 percent for about 30 minutes after you consumed it. Take good advantage of these benefits even early in the day by consuming 2 tablespoons of this hot pepper jelly each morning. It does not cost very much and you can get it online and at most supermarkets.
2. Kill Your Hunger Pangs with Acacia Powder
The acacia powder comes actually from the bark of the acacia tree. It is a shakable fiber. Sprinkle the acacia powder on your meals and in no time, it will fill you up and make you eat less. Just make sure you drink a big glass of water as you eat your meal.
3. Use Pickles to Try to Detox Your Digestive Track
In your stomach, there are many various types of bacteria. While some types are actually good and help you with your digestion, there are those that are bad and can unfortunately build up in the digestive track. The amount of bad bacteria and good bacteria in your gut depends on what you consume. The wrong kinds of food may allow the overgrowth of bad bacteria in your colon, making the lining of the gut inflamed and leaky. This in turn causes bloating and sadly, expands your waistline. This is also supported by new research, which shows that bad bacteria could result in the increase of your belly fat.
Fight the bad bacteria by eating pickles. Snacking on pickles is packed with probiotics that can help to prevent the harmful build-up of bacteria and reduce inflammation in the gut. Just make sure you select a low-sodium one. If you are person who is not into pickles, you can actually get the same good ol’d benefits from kimchi, sauerkraut, or any fermented food.
4. Red Wine to Reduce Stress
One of the responses of your body when under stress is to try and store extra calories, particularly in your belly. Reduce the stress hormone, also known as cortisol, by drinking four ounces of red wine every day. Research studies indicate that a glass of red wine at the end of the day can dramatically reduce the stress levels you have by helping you unwind. Plus, red wine is full of antioxidants that can reduce inflammation.
5. Eat Wet Foods to Have a Flatter Belly
When your body is dehydrated, then tendency of your body is to hold onto water in all the wrong places, making you look and feel as if you are bloated. Foods that are full of water (wet foods) can flush out your body system and resist inflammation. There are two main characteristics of wet foods—a water content of about 70 percent or even higher and about five grams of fiber or even more per serving. These foods are usually whole foods that have low salt content. Since many food labels do not show water content, you can identify wet foods by determining if they match into either of the two criteria below:
- Wet vegetables and fruits should juice if you cut or bite into them. For example, avocado and banana are not wet foods.
- If the food requires liquid or water to be prepared or swell, you can also consider it a wet food. For instance, chia seeds swell when wet. Another example is when you prepare dry beans and oats, which need water.
6. Shrink Fat Cells
A recent research study found that people who ate three yogurts every day while dieting have actually lost 81 percent more belly fat than those who did not eat yogurt. All the participants in the study were asked to eat 500 calories less every day. The reason: it is thought that the calcium in yogurt can help stop the fat from entering the cells, improve the body’s ability to break down the fat and help the body carry out the fat through bowel movements.
7. Shed Your Excess Fat With MUFAs
Monounsaturated fatty acids or MUFAs are healthy fats that do not come from animal sources, such as nuts, seeds, avocados, oils, and olives. A research study conducted by the American Diabetic Association showed that a diet that is rich in MUFAs actually worked to reduce belly fat.
8. Beat Bloat
To reduce bloat, you can drink ginger iced tea that has mint and lemon. Ginger naturally aids in your digestion, mint helps to reduce the gas in your body, and lemon juice is full of antioxidants.
9. Reduce the Inflammation
Soothe inflammation in your body by eating an anti-inflammatory snack during your breaks. Flavonoids are not only good antioxidants, they are also anti-inflammatory. Look for foods that are quite rich in inflammation-reducing flavonoids. These include very colorful vegetables and fruits such as berries and bell peppers.
10. Single Crunch
Core exercises can strengthen the abs, but they won’t remove the fat that lurks beneath them. To do that, you really have to increase your overall calorie burn with cardio (such as walking, biking, and running). A Duke University study showed that people who performed moderate cardio for close to three hours per week (about 30 minutes of exercise for six days per week) hardly gained any visceral fat over the span of eight months. Participants who performed at a higher intensity (such as jogging) for a similar length of time saw even greater results: reducing their stomach fat by almost 7 percent. To maximize the workout, try interval training, alternating between low- and high-intensity cardio.