How To Keep That Belly Flat: Follow These Tips From Chris Powell And Other Experts

Jessica Dafoe

In the middle of summer it often hits us when donning that swimsuit or wearing that form-fitting tank, that our mid-section is perhaps not exactly as flat and fit as we would like. Health and fitness experts have the secret to ensure that you attain or maintain the desired flab-free belly.

Chris Powell of ABC's hit show Extreme Weight Loss shares that "Whether you have ten pounds to lose or 100, the first thing you should do is create an environment for success." Additionally, studies have proven that hiding any vices, those being the tempting calorie-infested treats you are inclined to snack on, is a proven way to cut unwanted calories.

— Muscle & Fitness (@muscle_fitness) July 23, 2016

"Out of sight, out of mouth? Simply reorganizing your pantry's 'top hits' could translate into serious calorie savings, according to researchers at Google. A study, conducted at the search engine's New York office dubbed 'Project M&M' found that placing chocolate candies in opaque containers as opposed to glass ones, and giving healthier snacks more prominent shelf space, curbed M&M consumption by 3.1 million calories in just seven weeks."

A tip has already been offered about keeping junk food out of sight. Another bit of advice involves keeping healthy produce in plain sight. The dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies and Flyers, Katie Cavuto, shares that you are more likely to nab fruits and veggies over junk food if they are readily available to snack on. She suggests preparing veggies such as cucumbers, peppers, snap peas and carrots and setting them in the front of the fridge so that they are a go-to over less healthful items. Additionally, bananas, apples, pears and oranges are great sweet snacks to leave out on the counter.

One item that definitely needs to vacate all homes is soda. Gina Consalvo, registered dietitian, shares that both diet and regular soda have zero benefit to the consumer and may even negatively impact health.

"Not only are they loaded with empty calories, harmful preservatives, sugar or artificial sweeteners, they also have dangerous artificial coloring derived from coal tar. The coloring has been linked to allergic reactions, fatigue, asthma, skin rashes, hyperactivity, headaches and even cancer."
"Made with enriched flour instead of healthy whole grains, they are void of the belly-filling fiber that boosts satiety and keeps blood sugar stable. What's worse, refined white-flour foods like these are linked to heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Plus, they lead to weight gain and make it more difficult to lose weight, too."

— Senior Correspondent (@srcorrespondent) July 30, 2016

For many more tips as to how to blast unwanted belly fat, visit Eat This Not That.

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