Ever since I had an appendicitis operation I’ve not been able to lose belly fat. I have always had a flat tummy, and now it has flab.

Removal of appendix does not lead to weight gain. You should start with revising your diet and physical activity as that might be the main reason for flabby stomach. Below are a few tips you should follow:

• Practice yoga. There are a few postures that could help you improve your condition. Consult an experienced yoga practitioner who can suggest the right postures.

• Reduce consumption of refined carbohydrates; include brown rice, brown bread, whole grains, oats and quinoa in your diet. Stay away from sweets, sweetened drinks and foods rich in oil.

• Consume fine powder of roasted fenugreek (methi) seeds with water in the morning on an empty stomach. You can also soak fenugreek seeds overnight and consume them in the morning on an empty stomach.

• Take a teaspoon of Thriphala choornam with hot water, two hours after dinner.

• Include Garcinia (Malabar tamarind) and cinnamon in your diet. These are known to keep fat levels in check.

• Ayurveda herbs when combined with appropriate diet and exercise can help in fat reduction. A practitioner would be able to suggest the right preparations for you.

• Drinking warm water is a good remedy for getting a flat belly; drink water boiled with dried ginger.

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• Eat 50 per cent of your daily calories at lunch as your digestive power is the strongest at that time. Eat the least number of calories at dinner, which should be before 7pm.

Dr VL Shyam is a Dubai-based Ayurveda practitioner. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.