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15 Foods to Eat for a Flatter Stomach

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Damn you, digestion. You had one carbonated drink (or plateful of spaghetti carbonara) too many and now your belly is bloat city. Here, 15 foods to eat for a tauter tummy.

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Green Tea

The antioxidants in a single cup help prevent the absorption of fat, but that’s not all. Drinking it regularly can help speed up your metabolism and accelerate weight loss.

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Lemon

Squeezing a teaspoon of lemon juice into a glass of water—especially if it’s warm—can help jump-start your gastrointestinal tract so that food has an easier time moving through your system. Bye-bye, bloat.

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Bananas

Potassium—like the amount found in a medium-size banana—works wonders when it comes to helping your body get rid of excess water weight. Score.

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Potatoes

Yep, potatoes are another potassium-rich, good-for-you food...as long as you don’t pile on the butter and sour cream. Consumed in moderation (and with the skin on), they’ll aid digestion and help beat belly bloat.

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High-Fiber Cereal

A bowl of Shredded Wheat or All-Bran is all you need to ward off constipation, a major (and OK, gross) cause of a protruding stomach.

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Olive Oil

This anti-inflammatory ingredient will flatten your belly and protect against high cholesterol. But heads up: It’s more effective if you use it for things like salad dressing or sautéing vegetables versus bread dipping.

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Yogurt with Probiotics

Plain yogurt is not only packed with protein but its healthy bacteria aids in digestion and helps fight off stress. (A biology refresher: When you’re stressed, your body releases cortisol. Cortisol causes fat to go straight to your midsection. Not good.)

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Cucumbers

This hydrating veggie is a natural diuretic, which makes it great for removing water weight, a factor in belly bloat.

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Quinoa

The ultimate white flour alternative, this gluten-free food is actually a high-fiber seed, which aids digestion. Huzzah!

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Dark Chocolate

Good news: In moderation, it’s a natural appetite suppressant that can also stimulate your metabolism and reduces stress. (Remember the cortisol?)

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Blueberries

Studies have linked the antioxidants in this tasty fruit to a major reduction in belly fat.

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Asparagus

Same deal as cucumbers. This vegetable works as a diuretic, clearing your belly of excess water weight, stat. (Psst... here are 23 ways to cook with asparagus.)

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Salmon

All hail omega-3s. The fatty acid—found in this fish—is packed with bloat-beating benefits, including speeding up your metabolism and reducing inflammation. Extra bonus? It's one of the most versatile ingredients out there. 

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Spinach

A healthy diet is all about the leafy greens, but spinach in particular has so many antioxidants—like vitamins A, C, E and K,all of which target belly fat.

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Avocados

The good-for-you fats in this fruit help reduce inflammation and prevent the blood sugar spikes that cause your body to store calories at your waistline. Yessss.