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Flatten Your Belly With Fiber

If you have an issue with regularity, then you can do all the cardio and crunches in the world, and you'll still have a little belly pouch. That's because constipation can cause bloating, which will make your belly appear slightly swollen. It's normal to have issues with going to the bathroom every so often, but if you suffer from constipation daily, it can make your middle wider than it needs to be. The solution? Up your intake of soluble fiber. Include apples, pears, berries, oats, quinoa, beans, carrots, cucumbers, and celery in your diet every day. This type of fiber soaks up water and forms a gel-like substance that stimulates the muscles in your digestive system, and helps push things along. Eating enough fiber will not only make you feel better, but it'll help flatten your belly.

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Jessica-Di Jessica-Di 7 years
Fiber One bars do not mix with coffee. I gave my husband one and he ate it while drinking coffee, well he called from work and asked if I was trying to kill him! I prefer to ear Kellogg's Frosted Mini Wheats. They keep me regular without the bloat and have protein to keep me full until lunch.
cg130 cg130 8 years
Good advice - I'm definitely not 'regular' right now, and this was a good reminder of what I should be doing!
BalooB BalooB 8 years
The other thing that can help is psyllium husk. Its not a particularly nice texture, but if you have some in a bit of apple juice before bed, you'll go first thing in the morning.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I would add that drinking a lot of water helps too, especially since suddenly upping your fiber intake can make bloating worse without proper hydration.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
Lol. Fiberone bars. Yeah. Even though I do eat a lot of fiber, I still have a bloated look at times. Boo. I try to have at least one meal and snacks during my day have a good percentage of fiber in them. :)
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
I should try this
marisa99 marisa99 8 years
Zulkey, LOL @ the Fiber One bars comment. So v. true.
stargazer25 stargazer25 8 years
Yum fiber. I must have it everyday.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I agree about coffee. It has the same effect on me. I eat most of those fibrous foods everyday for health reasons (as opposed for a flat belly). I find that they naturally bloat my tummy, not flatten it. Of course, after I visit the bathroom, my belly flattens out, but up until then, my belly is a little bloated (I presume from gas).
livetolove livetolove 8 years
seriously! Or drink coffee :) works evvvvvery time
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
what NOT to do? buy a box of FiberOne bars and then eat the entire thing. oy.
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