Skip the Crunches—Science Says These 3 Foods Are the Answer to a Flatter Stomach

Updated 04/30/18

It only takes one glance at Zara's or Reformation's summer campaigns to realize that the latest fashion trends put one part of our body on show: the stomach. If the thought of a cut-out swimsuit or crop top sends shivers down your spine, studies suggest there's another way to get a flatter stomach that doesn't involve the gym. 

Julie Meyer, RD, tells Fitness that the foods you eat can have a big impact on your stomach. She points out that certain nuts, fruit, vegetables, and meats can "boost your abs routine's effectiveness, control belly bloat, and maintain a healthy metabolism"—all aspects that contribute to a flatter stomach. Likewise, our sister site Byrdie found that some foods, like white bread and processed meat, can cause unwanted bloat and should be avoided if you want to see quicker results. 

Turns out, these are the best foods to eat (and avoid) to beat bloating.

Foods to Try

Almonds: These nuts contain protein and fiber to help you feel fuller for longer, reports Fitness

Eggs: A study by Pennington Biomedical Research Center found that people who start their day with eggs feel less hungry throughout the day than those who opt for a carb-heavy meal like bagels. 

Apples: A 2003 study found that overweight women who ate three apples a day for three months lost more weight than those who snacked on oat cookies, instead. 

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Foods to Avoid

Processed meat: Swap your serving of bacon and ham for healthier options like grilled chicken and fish, suggests Byrdie

White bread: One study found that diets high in "dense acellular carbohydrates," like processed white bread promote inflammation and weight gain. 

Salty snacks: Saltly foods like fries and pretzels can cause bloating.

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