10 Simple Tricks to a Bikini Season Stomach
Posted On May 26, 2016
Summer is here and most of us will waste no time flaunting our bodies in those barely-there bikinis we purchased months ago. But are we really ready for bikini season? Don’t sweat it (literally) because New You has you covered with 10 easy tricks to get that flat stomach that will get the fellas turning their heads.
- Drink More Water
Our bodies are composed of 70% water, so when we skimp out on the water, our bodies compensate by retaining liquid. Ironically, drinking less will make you bloat; so do not be afraid of drinking the recommend 2 liters of water per day.
- Not All Fruits and Veggies Are Tummy Friendly
Although all veggies are good for you, not all have your best interest during bikini season. For instance, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage may cause bloating because these veggies are harder to digest completely. Not to mention they cause extra wind. Plums, you know the fruit that our grandparents are constantly consuming, are packed with sugar alcohols, which can ferment and cause bloating and gas.
- Cut Down On The Dairy
Some people do not produce the enzyme lactase, which helps break down lactose, a sugar found in milk. When lactose can’t be broken down, it ferments in the gut causing bloating and gas.
- Pass On The Carbs
Admittedly, carbohydrates should be part of our diet, but not all carbs are created equal. Skip refined carbs, such as pasta, croissants, and cookies, because these carbs have a higher glycemic index (GI) than unrefined carbs. This causes refined carbs to be broken down into sugar faster, which then causes bloating and gas.
- Limit Spices
Some spicy food stimulates the release of stomach acid, which can ferment in the digestive system causing bloating.
- Eat Fiber
Fiber promotes digestive health and has a beneficial effect on the bowels. It also prevents food from putrefying inside your body, which can lead to bloating. Load up on cereals with a high fiber content, such as bran flakes, and other natural fiber-containing foods such as mushrooms and sweet potatoes.
- Chew Your Food Properly (There’s a new idea)
Chew each mouthful until the food is liquid. This will not only ensure that the food is properly digested, but will help you eat slower and feel full faster.
- Avoid Large Meals
Rather than having three large meals, try eating four to six smaller meals spread out throughout the day.
- Do Not Chew Gum
Chewing gum stimulates digest enzymes to expect food, which can then stimulate hunger and cause you to snack on junk food.
- Avoid Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners and artificially sweetened foods and drinks contain sugar alcohols that are difficult to break down, leading to bloating.
Sun, check. Beach, check. Bikini, check. Flat tummy, check.
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