Have you heard other people say how they feel thinner and have a flatter abdomen when they wake up in the morning? They are not imagining it. You, too, can avoid the overnight bloat with these simple and easy healthy tips.
This is probably one of the oldest health tips you’ve ever heard, but it’s one of the absolute truths. It’s important that you keep your body hydrated to avoid bloating. But you may ask, why do I feel bloated when I drink water. Don’t worry, this is just a feeling you get right after, and it does go away. On the other hand, if you’re dehydrated, you will wake up retaining water and that’s real bloating. So make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water daily.
2. Eat Plenty of Fiber
daily fiber such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. I’m pretty sure you can find all of them in your pantry. Fiber helps speed up your metabolism and cure digestive issues, eliminating bloating.
3. Avoid Sodium
If you’re one to snack on chips and other salty food when feeling stressed or bored, then don’t be surprised if you feel bloated often. This is caused by the excessive sodium in your diet. If you have too much salt, the tendency of your body is to hold on to water. The maximum intake should be 1500 mg. Make sure to watch this limit, or if you can go way lower than this, the better. So the next time you pick up that bag of chips, check the food label first.
4. Say No to Midnight Snacking
Easier said than done, right? I know how cravings suddenly occur late at night, when you’re already in bed, tossing and turning. To avoid this sudden craving to kick in, it’s essential that you eat a healthy dinner composed of protein and a complex carbohydrate. You can also have a piece of fruit for dessert. This combination should help lessen and tame your cravings. However, sometimes, the urge is all in the mind out of boredom. This is why you should practice sleeping early.
5. Steer Clear of Bloating-Causing Foods
Some foods are known to cause stomach bloating. If you want to wake up with a flatter abdomen in the morning, you need to avoid these certain foods. You may or may not like the idea that some of these foods include the following vegetables: broccoli, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, artichokes, onions, and asparagus. You should also keep away from wheat bread and bran. Eliminating these foods from your diet will yield amazing results in a just a few days.
6. Skip the Spice
If you want to feel thinner, spicy food is not for you. Eating spicy food as well as spices such as black pepper, chili powder, hot sauce, and even vinegar will cause stomach acid to be released from the body, which results to bloating. Instead of going to your spice rack, try using fresh herbs to elevate the flavors of your food. You can easily get herbs like mint, sage, dill, basil, tarragon, and rosemary at the weekend market.
7. Chew Your Food
Sounds easy, right? But if you take the time to observe yourself while eating, you will notice that it’s not as easy as it seems. Especially now when we want to rush everything, it’s no surprise that we can’t even chew our food properly. But if you’re intent on slimming down, slowing down does make things so much easier. If you do this, you will feel full before you know it, and you will end up taking less calories. It also aids your body for better digestion.
8. Say Goodbye to Soda
If you’re dreaming of having a flat belly, you will have to bid your soda and beer goodbye. Both contain too much sugar and carbonation, which are among the greatest culprits to your belly bloat. These bubbles are accumulated and stored in your stomach, so cutting it out of your diet will make a big difference.
9. Dance Away
If you’re like me who hate rigid workout routines, dancing is a great alternative. You get to burn calories without thinking that you’re exercising. Plus, you’re having fun too. And have I mentioned that it’s way cheaper? No need to pay for a coach or join expensive classes. You can just watch and follow those home dance videos and dance like no one’s watching. There are also interactive TV games available now like the Wii Fit, which allows your to dance to your favorite songs. The amount of calories that you burn is also shown, so if you’re looking to challenge yourself, you can increase the intensity overtime. Dancing regularly will help you wake up thinner and feeling better.
10. Think Positive
Being optimistic will help you set your eyes on the prize. With a positive mindset and better perspective, you will gain more self-discipline and willpower to make better decisions. Should I have the potato chips or almonds for snacks? Should I prepare easy yet healthy food at home or grab a fast food takeout? Should I relax by drinking the night away or getting those endorphins up? So don’t be cranky and turn the frown upside down. Having a clear and positive mind will help you achieve those fitness goals you’ve set for yourself. Also, you will realize that the tips enumerated above aren’t so hard.See, you don’t have to follow drastic measures to drop the weight. Baby steps are all it takes.