I know you’re saying “Right!!!!”
But some things that seem too good to be true, are in fact true. Below are eight ways to get a flat stomach without dieting and without exercising. Okay, so you’re probably not going to look like the woman in the picture, but if you follow these tips, you’ll be that much closer to a flatter tummy in no time.
1. Don’t slouch
“Straighten up,” advises The Biggest Loser trainer Kim Lyons, and your figure will look better. “When your posture is good, you’re automatically engaging and toning your stomach muscles.” If you need to remind yourself to stand tall, she says, a few strategically placed Post-it Notes should do the trick.
2. Drink up
Keep those fluids coming! “Being dehydrated causes the body to hoard water,” says Lyons, which can lead you to carry up to four excess pounds around your midsection. Try for at least six eight-ounce glasses of water or other fluids daily.
3. Sit on the throne
“Most women don’t want to talk about it, but you really have to set aside a specific time each day to use 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 in to 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 constipation.
4. Slow down
Rather than scarfing down meals, make a point 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.
5. Incorporate the “Pros”