Chewing might trim belly fat.
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Taking time to chew your food makes me, your stomach, happy—and it’s essential for proper digestion. Chewing breaks food into small enough pieces for the rest of your GI tract to handle and signals that it’s time for me to begin producing acid. Bonus for you: Chewing may keep you slim. One study of 450 Japanese women found that those who ate foods that required the most chewing trimmed more than an inch from their bellies, compared to those who ate the softest foods. Try for at least 40 chews per bite; it’s not only good for digestion, but also helps people eat less.
Certain spices help keep us slim.
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Because fat is challenging to digest, it makes me bloated. Spices, especially ginger and curcumin, help you digest fat, which makes my job a little easier. A 2011 study showed that spices stimulate the body to secrete more bile and also promote activity in the pancreas, both of which are required for breaking down fat.