You can crunch yourself into a coma and still have ab flab. If you really want a sleek, sexy midriff, you’ve got to tweak your diet.

All of the best waist-whittling foods contain fiber to banish bloat, antioxidants to boost your abs routine effectiveness, and protein to help maintain a healthy metabolism.

Here are some of my favorite and effective food choices you can include in your diet:


These delicious and versatile nuts contain filling protein and fiber, not to mention vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. They’re also a good source of magnesium, a mineral your body must have in order to produce energy, build and maintain muscle tissue, and regulate blood sugar. “A stable blood-sugar level helps prevent cravings that can lead to overeating and weight gain,” says David Katz, MD, a professor at the Yale University School of Medicine. But what makes almonds most interesting is their ability to block calories. Research indicates that the composition of their cell walls may help reduce the absorption of all of their fat, making them an extra-lean nut.

Try for: An ounce a day (about 23 almonds), with approximately 160 calories. An empty Altoids tin will hold your daily dose perfectly.

Cucumbers are loaded with water and naturally low in sodium (salt). Bonus: They’re incredibly low in calories; one whole cucumber provides only 45 calories.

Grilled veggies

Load your grill with mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant and asparagus — you’ll fill up and be more apt to pass on the heavier sides like macaroni and potato salad. For an easy, low-cal prep, spray your veggies with nonstick cooking oil and lightly toss with preferred seasonings.

Frozen red/purple grapes
At only 80 calories per cup, frozen grapes are the perfect way to satisfy a sweet tooth without packing on the pounds. Plus, the red and purple varieties are brimming with antioxidants.

Loaded with water (which help fills you up, and flushes out extra water and salt), this vitamin C-rich summer fruit provides only 80 calories per cup or wedge.

For about 105 calories, bananas provide a hearty dose of potassium, which helps rid your body of extra sodium.

‘Nude’ air-popped popcorn
The perfect guilt-free munch food at only 30 calories and two grams of fiber per popped cup. But be sure to pass on the salt — or add drizzled flax oil!

Non fat plain yoghurt – my favorite is greek yoghurt!
Gas is a common cause of a bloated belly, but adding one cup of yogurt a day to your diet can help keep your digestive system working efficiently. Yogurt contains beneficial bacteria called probiotics that may help reduce stomach bloating and gas.

Egg whites
One egg white provides only 17 calories and four grams protein — prepare an egg-white omelet for breakfast and you’ve got 12 grams of protein for less than 60 calories! What’s more, studies show that people who eat a protein-rich breakfast every day are better able to maintain a healthy weight, and healthy weight can mean a flatter stomach. By starting your day off right, you’re less likely to feel starved by lunchtime and may actually consume fewer calories throughout the day.

Unsweetened tea and coffee
Calorie free and full of antioxidants, these refreshing, cool beverages fill you up and help flush out extra sodium. Add a shot of natural sweetness to cold tea by slicing in fresh fruit and refrigerating overnight. And stick with skim, one percent reduced-fat or soy milk for the coffee.

Adele Fridman is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Life and Health Coach, Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer and Sports Nutrition Teacher.  Adele overcame her own struggles with weight to become the founder of MetaBody, Inc. and is now recognized as North America’s Premier Transformation Coach.
Adele has turned countless women and men into “Before and After” weight loss success stories. Her success stories have been featured in magazine ads and TV commercials for North America’s leading supplement company. Adele has also worked with professional athletes and television personalities.
Adele is the lead diet and fitness coach for Crystal Andrus (star of the hit TV series X-Weighted and successful author), in which she provides one-on-one coaching to women across North America. Her empowering and life changing workshops can be seen in major cities such as Toronto, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami and Los Angeles.  Adele’s workshops provide clients with the tools and the knowledge they need to achieve their goals and sustain success.
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