As a dancer and having to wear teeny tiny costumes, a bloated belly is the last thing I want to be thinking about when I’m on the stage. On the day I have an evening performance, you better believe I use many of the methods below. FYI, these photos cracked me up!
1) Water, Water, Water
Sip on lots of water throughout the day. I say “sip” because when you gulp down loads of water at a time, it can give you what I call a water gut, causing your belly to pooch out a bit.
Water helps to keep you regular and it flushes extra sodium (it can make you puffy) out of your bod.
Also, if you’re not used to drinking a great deal of water, be prepared to be peeing out your eye balls.
2) Eat Small Meals Often
Have you ever had to (or wanted to) unbutton your pants after Thanksgiving dinner? Well that’s called a food gut my friends. Not that you’d be eating a meal comparable to Thanksgiving the day of your event, but when you feast on a lot of food at once (especially if you eat it fast), your stomach definitely protrudes somewhat.
What I suggest is having smaller meals every 2 to 3 hours to stave off hunger. Try including some pineapple, papaya, and greek yogurt with probiotics, which all aid in digestion. I’d steer clear of the raw veggies- cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. These bad boys give you the gas. Yikes!
3) Avoid Carbonated Beverages
Drinking the bubbly stuff can cause gas to build up in your belly which can lead to bloat. Swap out for water with lemon squeezed in. You’ll kill two birds with one stone; lemon is a natural diuretic and you’ll still please your taste buds.
4) It’s Sweat Session Time
Exercise can help pass the gas (Ha! I said “pass the gas.” Get it? Anyone? Sigh…) through the digestive system. Aside from that, I always feel that my waist just looks a little smaller afterwards. Aim for at least 30 minutes of a good cardio session, where you’re really working up a sweat.
5) Lay Off the Salt
Of course salt causes a bloated belly, but don’t think you’re safe if you put away the salt shaker. High sodium foods such as cured meats, cheese, instant soups and fast foods count as well!
There are a couple other things you can do to help beat the bloat on the day of an event, although in my experience, it would be on a smaller scale. Avoid chewing gum and drinking through a straw throughout the day, since both can trap air in your belly, and cause it to bloat a very slight amount.
30 Day Fitness Challenge: Week 4
We are in the home stretch folks! Since this is Wednesday, we only have a few more days until the 30 Day Fitness Challenge is complete. Now is not the time to fade on me. If you’ve been busy and not able to fit in the last couple workouts, who cares? Get your buns back in the game tomorrow! Finish strong. You are so frickin’ close, you can taste it.
And it tastes so gooooood!!!
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