Beat the bloat and puffiness with these 7 tips
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I’m sure you’ve done everything during the past few months to look great and gorgeous when you arrive to your cousin’s garden party or hit to the beach in teeny tiny bikinis this summer. But sometimes you just wake up feeling blaah, and want to skip the whole day. Please, tell me that I’m not the only one? 😉 That feeling can be caused by water retention, or a heavy and salty meal the night before, or simply because you’ve slept poorly. Whatever the reason is, feeling bloated and not fitting into clothes you planned earlier, is a sure self confidence downer and it can create black clouds over your head, even though the weather is bright and summery.
Whatever the reason is, feeling bloated and not fitting into clothes you planned earlier, is a sure self confidence downer and it can create black clouds over your head, even though the weather is bright and summery.
So, what should you do on days like this? When you wake up feeling not your best, these few quick tricks can help you feel a little bit lighter. They won’t do any super fast weight loss tricks, but I’ll promise that you’ll feel – and look – less puffy by the end of the day!
Hydrate. It may sound strange, but you have to drink more to get rid of the bloating. And now we are talking about drinking water. Coffee or juices won’t do the magic. Start your day with a big glass of water and to make it even more effective, squeeze one lemon on it. You can read more about benefits of lemon water here. Water helps also to flush all the toxins and extra salt from your body, while it refreshes your body and makes you feel lighter and more alert.
Choose dairy-free. A lot of us experience belly discomfort and bloating after eating dairy. Dairy products are also known as mucus forming foods, which can clog up your system and make you feel bloated. Instead of milk, try for example almond or rice milk in your coffee and replace your yogurt with coconut milk or soy yogurt.
Choose your lunch carefully. If you find drinking enough water difficult or repulsive, there’s plenty of foods, that are basically mostly water. At lunch, forget all the stuffed sandwiches and creamy pasta bowls (carbs in those will puff you up even more, as they will gather water in them), and lean towards cucumber, celery, radish, tomato, watermelon and strawberries, for example. How about strawberry and cashew salad for lunch? Those foods are also really low in calories while they still offer you a bunch of nutrients 😉 .
Snack the right way. Skip all the high fat and sugary foods, as they will definitely cause bloating, as can foods high in artificial sweeteners (check your protein and energy bars carefully!). Fiber rich foods, like chia seeds, avocados, raspberries, and quinoa are great snack options as fiber helps you to get rid of unneeded fats and helps speed up the digestion process. Also tropical fruits, like pineapple and papaya, contain certain enzymes that will help banish that bloat by easing digestion and breaking down protein. Snack fruit pieces or make a smoothie of them with coconut water.
Forget gum. Many people chew gum throughout the day, and while doing it, you’re swallowing unnecessary air into the stomach and will get even more puffy, without noticing it. And not to mention, that many gums contain sugar alcohol, which also can make you feel bloated!
Sweat it out. Start your day with a quick and sweaty morning run or a gym workout. Sweating out toxins early can help you to feel lighter (both physically and mentally) throughout the day, and getting your heart rate up in the morning will give a nice boost to your metabolism!
Go to bed on time. This tip won’t help you today, but will make you feel and look better tomorrow. Sleep helps regulate your metabolism (maybe the most important mechanism in your body, which regulates how your body works!), so lack of sleep can make you feel super sluggish and bloated. Make sure to get seven to nine hours of sleep at next night to keep your body working at its best.