Reading This Will Make You Less Bloated in 24 Hours
Posted On Apr 18, 2016
We can’t lie – obtaining the perfect summer bod takes hard work and dedication. But truth be told, finding the right diet can make a difference overnight. We’ve put together a meal plan so easy a caveman (with a kitchen) could do it.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, requiring we eat something hearty. However, after looking in the mirror at an oversized tummy, we tend to skip the morning meal, slowing our metabolism and leaving us starved by lunchtime. Instead, start your day with a meal that’ll beat bloat and flatten your stomach.
Option 1: Oatmeal with berries or almonds or both
Oatmeal’s secret bloat-fighting ingredient is fiber, which keeps you filled without the excess puffing. Adding berries, not only enhances the flavor, but the low-calorie fruits are also full of fiber and antioxidants. Almonds provide a tasty crunch while being a great source of protein.
If you’re a bread lover like me, there’s Option 2: Whole grain bread with avocado spread
Grainy breads are good selections because they’re packed with fiber, which stabilizes blood sugar, and unlike white bread, whole-grain keeps you full. Adding an avocado spread (mashed avocados) is a great alternative to eating salty bloat-inflicting butter. Avocados are jam-packed with healthy, filling monounsaturated fat.
- Morning Snack
Going tropical is key – no wonder island gals like RiRi have bomb-ass bodies. Having a couple of pieces of fruit will keep you full, satisfied, and not bloated. And if smoothies are more your thing, blending fruit with mostly raw ingredients while excluding sugary additives or processed powders will make the ultimate liquid meal.
Create a fruit salad or a fruit smoothie that includes the following:
Bananas because this tropical fruit is full of fiber and potassium, which help to relieve water retention.
Cantaloupes because this orange melon is also full of anti-bloating potassium, low in calories, and has a high water content, so you can get away with eating as much as you want.
Apples because one a day keeps the doctor and unwanted fat away. Thanks to its filling fiber, munching on an apple may help you eat less during your next mealtime.
Watermelon because this backyard barbecue staple is packed with water, so it’s acceptable to eat tons of it all summer ‘16.
Dress up a fresh, creative, and crunchy salad including these ingredients: kale, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, lentils, and olive oil.
Leafy greens, like kale, spinach, and lettuce, are super low-calorie, loaded with fiber, and are natural diuretics, which mean they help ease water retention. Cucumbers, though crunchy and not leafy, have the same qualities.
Lentils are packed with protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. This tummy-trimming trifecta makes the seed a fast slimming option that can be added to any salad, soup, or spread.
Adding olive oil to salads is one of the best choices to make when it comes to dressing up your salad. The oil absorbs all the nutrients from the vegetables, and it contains oleic acid, which helps break down fat in the body.
- Mid-Day Snack
Snack foods can’t get any more healthy or satisfying than when you combine probiotic yogurt and fresh berries.
The basics of busting bloat with yogurt is simple: make sure it’s plain, probiotic, and low in fat. If you need to add some sweetness, throw in some berries before you opt for an artificially flavored yogurt. The “good bacteria” inside the treat helps promote a healthy gut and makes your digestive tract run more smoothly. This mid-day snack will make you less prone to gas and bloating.
Try having two hard-boiled eggs. It’s protein-packed advantage may fight your urge to munch on junk foods before dinner.
When it comes to dinner, it’s important to have a meal that’s filling enough to keep you satisfied throughout the night, but also healthy so you won’t wake up inflated. Nocturnal noshing is just as important as the first meal of the day.
Healthy options that won’t pack on pounds include salmon or shrimp with a side of asparagus.
Salmon, known as a fatty fish, is packed with healthy and filling omega-3 fatty acids. Because they are structural fats, and not storage fats, they are less likely to be stored in a layer of belly fat. Much like eggs, shrimp are packed with protein that is bound to keep you full. The shellfish is also low cal, so you can munch until you’re satisfied.
We’ve got you covered with this bloat-free belly menu, so you’ll be uncovering your stomachs in no time.
Eat, sleep, and repeat.
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