Extra fluid and gas can puff up even the fittest abs. A gigantic belly is not a good look for most people. You see them everywhere and it's something you want to avoid.
Here's some tips on how to handle certain foods and drinks if you're trying to deflate a gigantic belly:
-- Avoid salty foods. Too much sodium cause you to retain water and feel bloated, so watch your salt intake. It's also bad for your heart.
-- Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is a sure way to cause you to retain water, so be sure you drink enough water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated.
-- Certain produce can cause bloating. Broccoli, cabbage, citrus fruits, onions, and peppers are some examples of healthy foods that can cause gas. If it's a problem for you, limit them to half a cup at a time. Cooking raw veggies can help.
-- Pineapple can help relieve bloating. It is high in bromelain, an enzyme which breaks down protein and aides in digestion. Other food enzymes, such as Beano, help break down the sugars found in vegetables and grains. It can be added to foods that may cause gas for you.
-- Eat Slowly. If you swallow too much air due to rapidly stuffing your face, you can create gas. Slow down and chew thoroughly with your mouth closed. Swallowing air is one of the leading causes of gas and bloat. Avoid chewing gum, as it provides opportunities for you to ingest air.
-- Avoid overeating. Eating 6 small meals a day vs. 3 large ones is better for preventing bloating and losing weight.
-- Soda and carbonated drinks can cause bloat. Drink sparingly and avoid drinking through a straw.
-- If you suffer from lactose intolerance, products such as LactAid and Dairy Ease can break down the lactose in dairy foods.
-- Limit fatty foods. Fried foods take a long time to digest. Aim for healthy fats such as salmon, olive oil, nuts and seeds.
-- Spicy foods, along with pepper, chili powder, garlic and hot sauces can trigger the stomach to produce more acid.
-- Sugar substitutes may not be absorbed by the digestive tract properly. That can cause gas and diarrhea. Xylitol is one to especially be cautious with.
-- Eat plenty of fiber. Fiber keeps everything moving thorough your colon. That helps avoid constipation, which is a common cause of bloating. Be sure to drink lots of water with your additional fiber.
-- If you think certain foods are causing you bloating, keep a food diary. By writing down when symptoms occur you can identify what your problem foods may be.
All of the above are good ways to prevent belly bloat. Don't let your six pack turn into a keg.