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Top 9 Belly Bloating Foods. Why you must know about them, because we want you to succeed in your weight loss and health goals ! A lot of our clients that walk in think that they can change the way they look by ONLY working out. Yes this is partially true, but nutrition is SO important when it comes to weight loss. I say this all the time, you are what you eat !!! It’s knowing these little tips and tricks and even big tips that will help you achieve your goals ! If you cut out all of these bloating foods for a week you will see a huge difference, imagine 2 weeks, or 3 weeks… Challenge yourself, it will be well worth it. Besides swimsuit season is rite around the corner, make it your sexiest summer ever !!
Avoid the saltshaker, salt-based seasonings, and highly processed foods. Water is attracted to sodium, so when you take in higher than usual amounts, you’ll temporarily retain more fluid-which contributes to a sluggish feeling, a puffy appearance, and extra water weight.
As a backup energy source, your muscles store a type of carbohydrate called glycogen. Every gram of glycogen is stored with about 3 grams of water. But unless you’re running a marathon tomorrow, you don’t need all this stockpiled fuel. Decreasing your carbohydrate intake temporarily can train your body to access this stored fuel and burn it off. At the same time, you’ll drain off the excess stored fluid.
Bulky Raw Foods
A half-cup serving of cooked carrots delivers the same nutrition as one cup raw, but it takes up less room in your GI tract. Eat only cooked vegetables, smaller portions of unsweetened dried fruit, and canned fruits in natural juice. This will allow you to meet your nutrient needs without expanding your GI tract with extra volume.
Certain foods simply create more gas in your GI tract. They include legumes, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, onions, peppers, and citrus fruits.
Alcohol, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and acidic fruit juices: Each of these high-acid beverages can irritate your GI tract, causing swelling. You can have these drinks in moderation after the jumpstart if you choose.
Fatty foods, especially the fried variety, are digested more slowly, causing you to feel heavy and bloated. MUFAs (short for monounsaturated fatty acids)–that target hard-to-lose visceral belly fat. MUFAs can be found in oils (such as olive oil), olives, nuts and seeds, avocado, and dark chocolate. Yum!
Foods seasoned with black pepper, nutmeg, cloves, chili powder, hot sauces, onions, garlic, mustard, barbecue sauce, horseradish, catsup, tomato sauce, or vinegar can all stimulate the release of stomach acid, which can cause irritation.
You probably don’t realize this, but when you chew gum, you swallow air. All that air gets trapped in your GI tract and causes pressure, bloating, and belly expansion.
These sugar substitutes, which go by the names xylitol or maltitol, are often found in low-calorie or low-carb products like cookies, candy, and energy bars because they taste sweet. Like fiber, your GI tract can’t absorb most of them. That’s good for your calorie bottom line, but not so good for your belly. Sugar alcohols cause gas, abdominal distention, bloating, and diarrhea. Avoid them!
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