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21 Ways to Debloat Your Belly ASAP

Because we don’t want that gassy feeling!

Some tricks you can do to lessen that bloated feeling.

1. Choose low-sodium food.

Avoid eating out and instead make and prep your own food. Fast food and most restaurant food have a lot of sodium in them that can contribute to bloating.

2. Avoid eating beans.

Most beans contain oligosaccharides that causes that gassy and bloated feeling. Ditch beans if you don’t want to be farting all day long!

3. Ditch the coffee.

Sorry caffeine freaks, your magic liquid makes you bloat. Drinking coffee makes our body feel dehydrated, thus makes our system hold on to water that makes us bloat.

4. Add some epsom salt into your bath water.

Adding two scoops of magnesium-rich Epsom salt may help deflate your belly more effectively by pulling excess water out of your body.

5. Eat a banana.

Bananas have a lot of potassium which offsets the amount of sodium or salt in your body, thus lessening bloating.

6. Eat your dinner early.

Make sure you have a 12-hour gap between you dinner and your breakfast. Fasting is the reason why models and celebrities are not bloated.

7. Ditch the straw.

Aside from saving the oceans from a lot of single-use plastics, not using a straw when drinking will lessen your chances of taking in more air, causing your tummy to bloat.

8. Get a good night’s sleep.

Those who get more sleep have reduced ghrelin and increased leptin levels. These two hormones work together to help control your appetite, making sure you don’t overeat.

9. Eat slowly.

Pretty trivial but taking time to eat and chewing your food carefully can actually prevent you from feeling bloated afterwards.

10. Drink lots of water.

Water helps wash out toxins and sodium from your system so invest in a good water bottle and keep drinking!

11. Snack on pineapple or papaya (or both).

Pineapples and papayas have the enzymes bromelain and papain that breaks down protein and aids digestion, thus reducing that bloated feeling in your stomach.

12. Avoid chewing gum.

Chewing gum allows you to swallow a lot more air thank usual. Aside from the fact that gums have a bit of sugar alcohol in them which can also cause bloating.

13. Practice meditation or Yoga.

5 minutes of uninterrupted meditation each day can do your tummy wonders. If you are more of the active type, try Yoga and your bloated tummy will surely thank you for it.

14. Cut back on sweets -natural or artificial.

Foods that are processed with sugars, specifically with artificial sweeteners, can be seriously upsetting to the intestinal tract and can cause gas and bloating for a lot of us.

15. Cut out your dairy consumption.

Dairy products can be a source of intestinal distress and bloating if you have trouble digesting lactose, or milk sugar.

16. Establish a walking routine.

A 15-minute walk per day can help de-bloat your tummy. Also, it can tone your legs and release happy hormones. So instead of lounging around, why don’t you talk a walk outside?

17. Minimize or avoid drinking alcohol.

Alcohol messes with the healthy bacteria in your gut. Alcohol inhibits digestion and causes dehydration, causing the digestive tract to slow down—which results in constipation and bloating.

18. Steer away from greasy food.

No matter how yummy they are, greasy food makes your stomach bloat and can cause gastrointestinal upset. Avoid eating fast food since they contain a lot of trans-fat and saturated fat which are bad for your body.

19. Consume more fiber and lessen refined flour.

Choose bread made of whole grains because they have high fiber content. Also, switch from white rice to brown or red rice since they have less indigestible fiber.

20. Eat small meals.

Eat every 3-4 hours to rev up your metabolism. Plan small, protein packed and high in fiber meals. Through this, you will be burning more calories and you won’t feel the end-of-the-day slump. You can also use your phone to remind you to eat the meals you’ve prepared on time.

21. Start your mornings by drinking ginger tea

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Jumpstart your mornings with a warm cup of ginger tea. By doing this, your digestion will improve. Ginger prevents inflammation in your belly, thus avoiding that dreaded bloated feeling.

 

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12 Signs Your Metabolism Is Out Of Whack

Pay attention to your body!

Your metabolism plays a significant role in the ability of your body to turn food into energy and probably you loved and hated it at different times in your life. But while your metabolism will probably be obvious if it works well, you can really feel off if it isn’t. Your metabolism is normal to decrease as you get older, so you will gain weight more likely when you don’t eat well and have to work harder to maintain weight loss. But it might mean that something unusual is taking place if you experience any of the following symptoms.

1. You have dry skin.

“As the skin fails to gain vital nutrients, the skin loses its luster. Also as your body tries to conserve heat, you don’t sweat as much. This can impact your skin, leaving it feeling dry and cracked,” says Dr. Mashfika N. Alam, MBBS, a general practitioner at Icliniq.

2. You crave for sugar and starchy foods

“Cravings are often your body’s way of asking for an energy pick-me-up. If you’re eating well and sleeping enough, but still have really intense cravings, it could be that your metabolism isn’t effectively converting the foods you’ve already eaten into the energy your body needs,” says Lisa Moskovitz, R.D. and CEO of NY Nutrition Group.

3. You’re Really Tired

“If you often feel tired, it could be a sign that your metabolism is a little slower as your body is not doing a great job at converting your food intake into energy quickly enough,” says Lisa Moskovitz, R.D. and CEO of NY Nutrition Group.

4. Headaches that persist.

When your thyroid hormones are out of whack, which happens with an underactive thyroid, this can trigger headaches or even migraines.

5. You Always Have To Pee

A slow metabolism can influence other body processes, including the number of times you get into the toilet.

6. You Have a Decreased Pulse Rate

It could be because of a slower metabolism if you noticed that your heartbeat slows down. “The pulse rate is directly proportional to the metabolic rate and therefore delayed pulsation happens when the basal metabolism rate is slowed down,” suggests Dr. Alam.

7. Your Nails Are Brittle

Similar to the effect on your skin owing to a slow metabolism, changes in your nails may be noticed because your body does not absorb nutrients. Susan Besser, MD, says some prevalent changes include more broken nails and greater ridges.

8. Your Moods Are Up & Down

“This isn’t necessarily caused directly by a slower-than-usual metabolism, but feeling tired when your metabolism isn’t up to par can make you feel rundown—and that can make you moody,” says Lisa Moskovitz, R.D. and CEO of NY Nutrition Group.

9. You feel cold all the time.

Your metabolism also helps generate heat, and if it’s slow, you might be extra chilly. As a result, you may find yourself layering up and throwing extra blankets on your bed,” says Scott Keatley, R.D., of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy.

10. You’re constipated

“With a slower metabolism, the bowel transit time is slower too,” Dr. Besser explains. “It takes longer for food to travel through the GI tract and be properly digested, thus constipation occurs.”

11. You’ve experienced unexplained weight gain.

“If you’re eating well, and watching your caloric intake, and still gaining weight, it’s worth talking to a doctor or dietitian to see what’s going on,” says Scott Keatley, R.D., of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy.

12. You’re losing hair

“When your metabolism isn’t working well, your body doesn’t turn over cells as quickly as it should to maintain your skin and hair,” says Scott Keatley, R.D., of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy.

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15 Things You Should Do In The Afternoon If You Want To Lose Weight

Afternoon habits for weight loss transformation.

Apart from major changes, such as eating more veggies, reducing your sugar-packed smoothies, and committing yourself to a kick-ass workout, small behavioral tweaks can also significantly impact your ability to lose weight. Actually, every sweat session and good dinner may be undermined by stuff you do every day. The excellent news is that you can keep up with your weight loss objectives by changing a couple of old habits and adding a couple of new behaviors. Add these habits to your afternoon routine and experience massive changes in your body.

1. Drink Green Tea

Green tea contains theobromine and theophylline, and the amino acid L-Theanine. These substances help calm the nervous system and improve concentration abilities.

2. Afternoon Wakeup Workout: Energizing Exercises (via youtube realbeauty)

3. Go For a Midday Walk

Getting up and moving around not only can help you digest after a big meal, but it also may boost your fat burn.

4. Get moving

“If you sit for the rest of the day, you are undoing most of those good workout effects,” says Rumsey. “Make an effort to stand up and move at least once an hour, even if it’s just for a minute or two. All these little movements add up.”

5. Have an errand walk

Instead of walking to get in shape, once or twice a week, walk to get things done.

6. Listen to your hunger

“If you tend to get slammed during the day, it can be easy to brush your hunger cues aside. This backfires, leaving you famished later in the day and more likely to overeat when you finally do make time to have a meal,” says Alissa Rumsey, R.D., C.S.C.S., author of Three Steps to a Healthier You.

7. Pamper yourself with a fruit shake

Instead of eating the desert you will probably regret why not replace it with a delicious fruit shake or smoothie.

8. Drink more water

“People underestimate the impact that not drinking enough water can have on our bodies,” says Rumsey. “Even slight dehydration (just one or two cups) can cause you to feel hungry, when really what you need is fluid.”

9. Afternoon Fitness Burn | 4-Minute Workouts

Exercising gets your heart-pumping and blood-flowing.

10. Substitute Afternoon Snacking With Exercise

Exercise is the best way to fend off those post-work cravings.

11. Splash some cold water on your face

This is a great way to recharge your batteries.

12. Watch out for the bites, licks, and tastes

“While it may seem like just a small sample or tiny bite, these all add up over the course of the day,” Rumsey says. “Often these bites, licks, and tastes are a significant source of calories.”

13. Indulge yourself with a piece of chocolate

Chocolate contains tonic substances like caffeine, theobromine and theophylline which have a stimulating physical and psychological effect.

14. Grab a power snack

A good healthy snack is the best way to pick up in the early evenings, just to end the day in an active mode, rather than just waiting for you to get back home and hide.

15. Just laugh!

A good laugh releases happy endorphins, which help you get rid of all the stress and turn into the upbeat person you should be all the time.

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