If you’re anything like me, the littlest things can make you suddenly look 5 months pregnant! This was a huge issue for me before I start my health and fitness journey. Here are 7 tips that worked for me, and a couple links to more ideas that worked for others.
Don’t skip a workout
Your body NEEDS exercise. I use a hybrid schedule that gives me the right amount of cardio, weights and ab workouts. While doing workouts, I contract my stomach. According to Autumn Calabrese, I’m working my abs while protecting my back. Double bonus!
Drink More Water
I know, you want to get rid of this bloated feeling and I’m telling you to drink more water! Yes, actually the best way to get rid of water in your body is to go to the bathroom and flushing your system with something healthy: water. Don’t chug it though, sip it throughout your workouts and make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day.
Remove some dairy products
My oldest can only drink 2% milk and my youngest can only have lactose free. We now have Lactose Free 2% milk in our house. When I eat too much of anything that isn’t lactose free, I find my stomach getting bloated – especially with eating too much ice cream. Instead, try frozen yogurt or Lactose free ice cream from Breyers.
Watch the salt and sugar
The directors of Mrs. Virginia warned us not to eat too much salt after the pageant because the winner was going to have a 7 a.m. photoshoot the next day and if she ate salt at dinner, magically her evening gown wouldn’t fit the next morning! I found this to be true with salt and sugar. Too much of either and I remain bloated.
Cut out the lattes
And because of the above, I ended up cutting my vanilla lattes from Starbucks out of my diet. I was drinking one to two a day! My wallet and my body are much happier now. I still drink coffee and I now have a Lavazza machine so I can make my own lattes without adding all the sugar, and for 50 cents a cup instead of $4.
Drink my daily smoothie
Every morning, I drink an extremely healthy smoothie for breakfast. It basically cured my IBS problem and helps me stay regular. There’s tons of healthy stuff in my smoothies, like whey, pea, chia, quinoa, flax, kale, vitamins A, C and E, ashwagandha, amylase and more. If you’re not used to having these healthy foods in your body, you may feel bloated at first, just like if you suddenly started eating salad and veggies all of a sudden. Don’t worry though, it’ll get better after your body gets used to you being nice to it with healthy foods! If you want to know more about my smoothie, comment below!
Accept that hormones are going to interfere
Every month, my belly begins to bloat and that’s how I know my period is going to start. It never gets too big anymore because of the things I do above but it sticks out just enough for me to notice. If it’s a problem, I take some Midol and move on with my day. It’s all part of life and being a female.
Still looking for more tips? Check out these articles from Fitness Magazine and Authority Nutrition. And remember, you should ALWAYS talk to a doctor before changing your diet or beginning a workout program!