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 So you’ve been walking, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, cutting back on sweets and doing crunches during commercials and you still can’t seem to get that flat tummy. While all of your efforts are no doubt giving you a great start, there are 5 foods that can actually help give you a flatter tummy and really compliment the work you’re already doing.

Almonds
Almonds contain a high amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, the good fats that help reduce the accumulation of belly fat. Almonds are great to have around because they are easy to add to the dishes you’re already eating. Plus they help curb hunger between meals. Sprinkle them over salads or eat them as a snack at the office.

Soy
Soy contains isoflavones, which have been proven to prevent an accumulation of fat in the abdominal region. Researchers have found that this is especially true for postmenopausal women. Soy can be worked into your diet in so many ways. Switch out regular milk for soymilk, switch out your usual snack for edamamme, add silken tofu to your smoothies or snack on some roasted soybeans. Just be sure to by avoid products that say “isolated soy protein” as this type is not as effective.

Berries
Berries are great to help get that flat tummy bikini ready because not only are they high in fiber and packed with antioxidants, they’re also low in calories. Antioxidants can help improve blood flow, which helps your muscles work more efficiently, so you’ll be able to get more out of workouts.

Yogurt
The probiotic bacteria found in most yogurts help the digestive system work more efficiently, reducing irregularity, bloating, gas and constipation. Look for an unsweetened yogurt that contains live active cultures. You can add some fresh berries or almonds to add even more belly flattening power.

Fish
Fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These extra healthy fats help the metabolism work at its most efficient and effective level. As an added bonus, salmon is a great source of protein that will help you maximize your ab workouts.
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