Flat Tummy Tips For Women Who Love Junk Food

March 16, 2016  |  
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Do you live and breathe for junk food? Or have an acquired taste for anything that crunches, pops, leaves sprinkles of sugar everywhere and sizzles coming out of the deep fryer? Who can blame you? That stuff’s delicious! But, when you’re the type of person who stays up at night planning all the places they’ll get french fries that week, you might struggle to have a flat tummy. Look; there are certainly nutritionists and health nuts who will tell you, “If you want a flat tummy then you need to stop eating that crap!” But there are, in fact, ways to have your cake and eat it too and look good in a crop top. Here are flat tummy tips for women who love junk food.

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Eat your junk in the morning

If you eat your junk food in the morning you have a better chance of accurately assessing how many more calories you need throughout the day. Eating your junk food at night just means that you pass out, and aren’t awake to tell if you overate.

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Embrace popcorn

Popcorn (covered with sunflower seed oil or olive oile and NOT butter) is actually very low in calories. You can enjoy several cups for under 300 calories plus it has fiber, which fills you up.

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Mix nuts with chips

If you crave the salty and crunchy type of junk food, then next time you’re pouring yourself a bowl of chips, mix in nuts. The high protein content in the nuts will make you feel full before you get the chance eat a whole bag of chips, but you still get to indulge in your favorite snack.

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Try dried fruit instead of candy

Dried fruit can be just as good as Sour Patch Kids and the like, but it has less sugar and high fiber, so you don’t wake up hungry a few hours after eating it.

 

 

 

 

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Skip the dairy on nachos

The sour cream and cheese on your nachos are where your calories are coming from. One serving (about 14 chips) of tortilla chips is only around 170 calories, a cup of beans is around 150 to 200 calories, and then half an avocado’s worth of guacamole is barely another 200. Your salsa has hardly any calories. That meal is under 600 calories without the dairy.

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Load your grilled cheese

Remove half the amount of cheese you’d usually use in your grilled cheese and replace it with sauteed mushrooms and onions. These add an incredible amount of flavor, but they’re still soft so they don’t mess with the texture. But the best part is that their calories are negligible.

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Do not eat between meals

If you’re into junk food at your main meals, you cannot afford to be a snacker! You can have the nachos I described for lunch and the grilled cheese for dinner and remain slim, but you cannot snack in between (unless you crave celery for a snack, but you probably don’t since we already established that you love junk food!)

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Get enough fiber

Getting plenty of fiber keeps everything moving. The only way to accurately assess your hunger is to have an active digestive system. Being constipated can actually cause fake hunger pangs.

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Eat slowly

It takes a while for your stomach to understand that you are full. And you love your junk food, right? So savor it! Don’t scarf it down in your car or over the sink. Put on your favorite show or open your favorite book and enjoy every bite slowly. This will prevent overeating.

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Eat your junk right before your meal

If you lean towards snacks when it comes to junk food, then have them when you’re already hungry, at meal time, right before eating your actual meal. You might fill up slightly on them, and eat less of your meal. But it’s better to do that than to fill up on your regular meal, and overeat on the junk food. Because let’s face it: it’s much easier to pass on a chicken breast than a bowl of chips.

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Only eat it if you really love it

Don’t waste your time on junk food that you only sort of like. You know you’re still going to reach for your favorite type later, so skip the extra calories on the mediocre snacks.

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Buy cake, one slice at a time

This should be rule number one for junk food lovers: do not keep a full cake in your house! You will eat the whole thing at once. If you have serious restraint then maybe you’ll eat half tonight and half tomorrow, but that’s not great. Buy the individual cake slices from the grocery store.

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Embrace vegan “dairy”

Cashew cheese, tofu-based sour cream, coconut-milk ice cream—these have around half as many calories as their original dairy varieties, but they’re just as good.

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Eat chocolate with peanut butter

If you’re a chocolate fanatic, go for chocolate that contains peanut butter. Similar to with the chips and nuts bowl, the peanut butter will fill you up with protein so you don’t reach for as much chocolate.

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Put veggies in your mac ‘n cheese

If you dream of mac ‘n cheese, just try the same trick you do with the grilled cheese with this dish. Remove a third or a half of the noodles and replace with peas, corn and bacon bits. It’s delicious!

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