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Here’s How to Have a Flatter Belly in 24 Hours

We repeat: overnight

By: Rebecca Jacobs

We’re all about those quick and simple hacks that work pretty much right away. We’re all so used to wanting results like yesterday, and we’re going to share our fav tips to help you literally get a solid night’s sleep only to wake up with a flatter belly in the AM.

Sounds good? Here’s what you need to know. 

5 Hacks to Get a Flatter Belly Overnight 

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#1 Ditch the Sugar 

You know that bowl of ice cream that may have become a staple midnight snack? While many of us may be burning the midnight oil trying to squeeze all of our to-do’s in, don’t make mindless midnight snacking a habit. Those sugary snacks may be causing more trouble than you think, and you may wake up with some pretty uncomfortable bloating. 

If you find yourself hungry before bed, try snacking on anti-bloating foods instead like papaya, cucumber, or even a handful of almonds to help keep you full. With the right snack choices at night, you may be more likely to wake up with that flatter belly overnight. 

#2 Take a Shower Before Bed 

If you’re more of a morning shower kinda gal, consider showering at night. Getting your shower in before bed may actually help activate your body’s thermostat. When you do that, you may find it easier to fall asleep, and with better sleep comes lower cortisol (aka, the stress hormone). Cortisol is notoriously known for putting on fat right where we don’t want it—our midsection. So, try this evening shower hack for a flatter belly overnight. Because over time, it may just help improve your sleep habits, which will be a domino effect for lower stress and less belly fat

#3 Sip on Ginger or Chamomile Tea 

Ditch the nightcap or that evening cup of coffee. Instead, brew a cup of ginger or chamomile tea. Not only is sipping on a mug of herbal tea a great way to relax and unwind for the day, but both are great for supporting a happy belly, and with better digestion comes a better chance of a flatter belly overnight. 

#4 Get Dinner in Early

If you don’t usually sit down to eat dinner until 9 PM, it’s time to make some changes. Eating dinner earlier will give your body plenty of time to digest before bed. This trick may also help prevent your body from storing more fat than it needs while you sleep. Plus, when your body isn’t working overtime digesting your food as you sleep, you can really get some restorative sleep and wake up feeling well-rested. 

The bottom line—try to eat at least three hours before bed. 

#5 Add a Probiotic at Night

If you tend to wake up bloated, try taking your daily probiotic supplement at night. For a flatter belly overnight, we have to make sure we are keeping all those healthy bacteria in our gut happy. Probiotics can also help promote a healthier balance of gut bacteria, keeping those fat-promoting bugs at bay. So, try taking your probiotic at night to see if it helps you wake up with a flatter belly in the AM. 

Get Your Beauty Rest & A Flatter Belly (Overnight) 

One of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to getting that flatter belly overnight we all want is to keep up with healthy eating and lifestyle habits. These are hacks you should aim to make a regular part of your lifestyle. Pair these with a regular exercise routine, a clean eating diet, and a plan to reduce stress. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to a flatter belly that lasts all day long.