Awesome Ways To Flatten Your Belly


A toned, flat tummy is a goal many of us strive to achieve, but endless crunches and ditching all your favorite foods isn't the right way to do it (and let's be honest; really has no chance of working—who wants to live like that?). Fortunately, a flat belly can be attained just by incorporating small changes into your day. Here are 25 simple ways to flatten your belly.

Take your gossip session on a walk.
Instead of catching up with friends over food and drinks, suggest a reunion on the move—you're likely to work out 104% harder if you have an exercise buddy. Suggest a weekly walk-and-talk session, form a friendly fitness club, or take advantage of gym specials together. You'll motivate everyone to get moving while you grow even closer.


Fry fat with The Boat Move.
Target your deepest ab muscles with The Boat: Lie face up on a mat with arms straight up over chest. Lift your upper body off the ground by rolling through the spine. At the same time, raise your legs so that you're balancing on your butt, knees bent and shins parallel to the ground. Slowly roll back down onto the mat, lowering legs. That’s 1 rep. Do 5 reps per set, resting 30 to 60 seconds between sets.


Skip your daily soda habit.
Where do you think all those bubbles from carbonated drinks end up? They gang up in your belly! (Yes, even diet: Check out all 7 Nasty Side Effects of Drinking Diet Soda.) Swap soda, diet soda, and seltzer for Sassy Water, our slimming staple beverage. 


Sleep away belly fat.
Research from the University of Chicago shows that those who sleep 7 hours or more a night lose twice as much fat and are less hungry than those who get less than 7 hours of shut-eye. If sleeping's a struggle for you, these 20 ways to sleep better every night can help.

 Keep peanut butter in your diet.
One serving of peanut butter has 2 g of fiber and 8 g of protein, on top of belly-busting MUFAs. Try this easy recipe to add a flat belly punch to dinner: Toss a ½-cup of whole grain noodles with 3 ounces cooked shrimp, minced scallions, and ¼ cup sliced red bell pepper. Dress with a mixture of 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 tablespoons warm water, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.