Guyana Carnival 2018 is right around the corner and gyms and fitness centres countrywide are filled with individuals (including myself) looking to get a tighter physique or primed for the many pool parties, j’ouvert celebrations and the street parade.

However, the journey from flab or fat to flat belly is not an easy one but if you exercise and eat healthy foods then the task becomes a little easier. So here is a list of some flat belly foods that can help to get you bikini or shorts ready.

Eggs

Eggs are the perfect source of protein and contain an amazing balance of essential amino acids, which are the primary building blocks of our bodies. According to Pennington Biomedical Research Center study, eating eggs in the morning keeps you feeling full all day. So, do incorporate one egg daily (boiled or steamed) unless you have high blood cholesterol.

Avocado

Avocados are an excellent source of Monounsaturated fatty acids and contain the highest quantity of beta-sitosterol, a plant sterol and an effective cholesterol smasher. You can eat it in a variety of ways either by mashing it with lime juice, salt and pepper or jamming it up with salsa.

Apples

The Nutrition Journal revealed in its year 2003 study that consuming three apples or pears daily for three months can help overweight women get slimmer. Apples contain five grammes of fibre and 85% water. Therefore, apples make you feel full for longer. They also have a compound called quercetin that is said to protect from cancer and improve lung health.

Green leafy vegetables

These tend to be low on calories and excellent for shrinking your waistline. Also, leafy greens contain    cancer-preventing carotenoids and calcium. One cup of baby spinach contains just 40 calories, which is lower than broccoli. Mix green leafy vegetables into pastas, salads and sandwiches and reap their benefits.

Dark chocolate

Surprised? No need. Chocolate is actually very healthy if made from defatted cocoa beans. Dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate contain compounds that prevent heart disease, strokes, diabetes and cancer. It is a low-calorie food source. You can melt ¼ cup of dark chocolate and drizzle it over fresh strawberries, bananas, pineapple slices or orange segments to make a belly-flattening dessert.

Seafood

Omega-3 fatty acids are in abundance in seafood especially wild salmon, tuna and mackerel. These promote fat burning by improving metabolism. Overweight people must eat fish daily to augment their glucose-insulin response. Seafood prevents hunger pangs and is an excellent abs-friendly protein source.

Berries

Eating half a cup of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or blackberries is a better idea than those fattening cookies because berries are full of fibre. Fibre intake is very important for a flatter belly. Fibre captures food particles and expels them from your system immediately. Berries also contain antioxidants that improve blood flow and prevent chronic diseases.