Abdominal bloating not only looks bad on you. It certainly makes you feel physically uncomfortable most of the time. Do not however confuse this kind of abdominal bloating with bloating that occurs because of medical conditions such as liver and heart diseases. Most abdominal bloating is caused by gas and not water or weight as you may think. Having a temporary abdominal bloating is something that you can work on and achieve a flat belly, which is every woman’s (and men too) craze at the moment.
Although it is true that abdominal bloating can be addressed by sticking to a flat belly diet, it is important to point out that there is no such thing as ‘flat belly diet’. Sticking to a flat belly diet means you completely stop consuming certain foods. This does not need to be the case. You simply need to pay close attention to the amount of particular foods and drinks you consume. To fight your abdominal bloating condition, ensure that your usual diet contains the following:
Low Fiber Diet
A low-fiber diet has the potential of increasing your bloating condition. Ensure that your daily diet contains whole grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes.
Number of meals
Bloating occurs particularly after heavy meals. For this reason, you may need to consider spreading your meals; instead of three heavy meals in a day, have small meals several times in a day. This way, you will eliminate the bloating feeling associated with heavy meals. You may need to prepare a daily meal plan to achieve your goal.
Anti-bloating foods and drinks
It is important to include anti-bloating foods and drinks in your daily diet. Such include yoghurt, ginger, pineapple and parsley amongst others. Such contain healthy bacteria that help in reducing bloating.
Water plays an important role in eliminating your bloating condition. Contrary to popular belief, water does not contribute to the condition. Water combines with fiber, hence transporting all waste from the body for disposal.
Exercising is very important in fighting your abdominal bloating. By undertaking ab exercises, you not only get rid of fat deposits that may be there, you also strengthen and tone your ab muscles, which is good for your back and overall posture.
Your eating habit determines whether you develop/increase your bloating condition or not. Eating quickly presents the danger of too much air getting into your abdomen, encouraging bloating. Take your time eating your meals slowly, ensuring that you break down all the food completely before swallowing.
By sticking to the above, you will definitely eliminate or stop the occurrence of bloating. It is important that you maintain your resultant flat belly and to do this, you need to do the following:
Avoid carbonated drinks
Carbonated drinks cause gas to get trapped in your belly. Instead, opt for lemon, lime or other fruit flavored water drinks.
Unknown to many, chewing gum contributes heavily to bloating. If you are into the habit of constantly chewing gum, note that the amount of air you swallow is enormous. Replace the same with a hard candy instead.
Avoid processed foods
Processed foods tend to have high sodium content while low on fiber. This has the potential of encouraging bloating. Try as much as possible to reduce sodium intake.
Achieving a flat belly is not a hard task so long as you understand the kind of foods and drinks that contribute to the occurrence of abdominal bloating. What is important is however not to eliminate the foods but consume them in small quantities while ensuring that you consume those that fight the condition in great quantities.