Stand up straight
That old trick of sucking your stomach in might actually work but you need to keep at it. Standing up straight with your shoulders, hips and ankles in a line and sucking your belly button towards your spine will tone and lengthen your abs area – try doing it as you brush your teeth every morning.
Ditch the gum
Chewing gum can trap air causing a bloated feeling. Switch it for mints (ones with peppermint oil) for fresh breath and to relax your stomach.
Mum was right all along when she said, “Don’t rush your food”. Wolfing it down means you swallow air causing you to bloat, plus taking your time will make you feel fuller quicker, meaning you can eat smaller portions and lose weight without missing a meal.
Go for a spin
What links Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Liv Tyler? No, it’s not the start of a joke, they all hula-hoop to keep themselves in shape. Pinch the kids’ hoops when they’re not looking or buy a weighted version for faster results.
Hold a plank
Tighten up your abs with a plank: Lie face down, supporting yourself with your forearms, elbows under shoulders. Keeping your toes on the floor, suck in your belly and lift your legs so you’re in a straight line – a plank – from head to heels. Hold for as long as you can – or start with 15 seconds if it’s your first go.
Switch to herbal tea
If your rounded tum is due to a big meal or water retention, sip a herbal tea. Look out for stomach-soothing peppermint, chamomile, ginger and liquorice and cleansing fenugreek seeds, fennel and cloves. Gentle enough to be taken during pregnancy, herbal teas can also help ease colic in children and toddlers.
Try to stress less
Cortisol, the hormone that is released when we are stressed, directs your body to store fat round your middle. It also slows down your digestion, causing food to hang around in your gut, which can lead to bloating. Try to relax and unwind by going for a daily walk, having a bath or curling up with a good book.
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