We all want to look good and let’s admit it, part of looking good includes having a slim or flat tummy.
Easier said than done!!
True, sometimes, it can be quite the challenge to get that slim waistline and flat stomach. As we age or for some other reasons, the tummy region just seems to want to expand, expand and EXPAND some more! Quite alarming, I know and you are not alone if you are wondering what to do to stop your tummy from expanding. The statistics regarding expanding waistlines and associated conditions such as obesity have been observed or studied and the trend is that millions of people are becoming obese each year .
There are also times when we get bloated based on the FOODS that we eat. Yes, what you eat can make your tummy larger. Such bloating could lead to an ever-increasing tummy and this is certainly NOT what you want. When I get or feel bloated, I think about what I just ate or may have consumed recently. You’ll avoid expanding your tummy if you stay away from tummy EXPANDING foods. Here are 7 foods to avoid …
#1 – Carbonated Drinks
We’re bombarded with carbonated drinks everywhere we turn. Sodas in the drink aisle at grocery stores, for example. But, how do these drinks affect YOUR WAISTLINE? The answer to this question is simple – bubbles! The bubbles in the drinks sit in your tummy and look for a way out. This leads to an expanding tummy. Why do we need bubbles in drinks anyway? Well, the bubbles in fizzy drinks, soda or other carbonated beverages do provide a certain look and feel on the tongue as the drink is consumed. How can you cut down the carbonation in these drinks? Letting the drink sit for a while after opening could let some of the carbonation escape. Also, imagine if you’re consuming a lot of these types of drinks per day. Now, that’s a fast recipe for an ever-expanding tummy!!
#2 – Sugar-Free Gum and Sugar Substitutes
You know how food marketers sell the idea of something being sugar free? Here’s the trick … the product being advertised may not really be as “free” as specified. While is sugar may have been removed from the food item, it is possible that some other ingredient may have been added into food to compensate for the sugar loss and UNFORTUNATELY, this new addition or sugar substitute could be harmful to the body as well!! There are sugar substitutes such as maltitol and sorbitol which may cause bloating . So, what can you do? Well, you could go natural when seeking alternatives to refined sugars. Natural food items like honey and alternatives like agave could provide sweetness. This could help you AVOID tummy expansion that the artificial sweeteners provide. So, if it says “sugar-free”, you do need to ensure you are not getting ready for an episode of bloating and tummy expansion. Some candies and desserts may also contain large amounts of sugar substitutes and usually you may think that using sugar substitutes is a good thing, right? WRONG!! It may not always be a good thing for your health and waistline!
#3 – Processed Foods
These types of foods are a big no-no in my book. Really, the problem with processed foods is the large amounts of sodium these foods contain. Sodium can make you BLOAT!! Yes, but it makes the meal tasty TOO, you might say. High amounts of sodium do the body no good! Apart from expanding your tummy, sodium in processed foods can make various parts of your body feel swollen. The salt ATTRACTS water as the body tries to dilute it. In essence, your body is actually trying to sort things out and create a healthy balance when it notices that you have consumed too much salt. Isn’t that funny … well, not really, but I think you get my point. The bloating is keeping your body in balance, but it may not make you look or good as your belly expands!!! So, prevent your body from capturing and retaining more water than it needs. Avoid the BLOAT!! Get rid of or minimize the consumption of processed foods with the associated high sodium content. In addition, people could experience high blood pressure conditions when they consume foods that are high in sodium.
#4 – Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates or ‘carbs’ can leave you feeling stuffed!! Yes, think about it … mashed potatoes, rice, toast and much more. These can be heavy food items that sit in your tummy and may take a while to be digested. Carbs can also come with a high calorie count plus this food item converts to sugar when digested by the body. Eat a big bowl of mashed potatoes and then you feel like there is no more room in your tummy. This bloating sensation may also not occur until after you have consumed too much of these carbs. Thus, stick to the recommended serving amounts for carbohydrates and you should be okay. It can be easier said than done, though. The mountain of carbohydrate possibilities around us, from breakfast to lunch and then on to dinner, makes it harder to stay away from carbs. So, go easy or light when consuming these carbohydrates.
#5 – Fibre Supplements
Now, what could be wrong about taking fibre supplements? Where this can be an issue is when you take too much fibre or consume a high quantity of fibre supplements. What fibre does in your diet is help with your digestive system and it keeps you functioning normally. Fibre fights constipation and you do certainly do not want to have constipation!! Hence, it’s all about BALANCE, right! Information is powerful … the more you know about these foods, the better prepared you’ll be to either avoid the food altogether or consume it in the right quantities. Fibre in your body looks for water. So, the more fibre you consume, the more water you will be retaining and IN TURN … yes, you guessed it .. the more bloated you’ll be. So, avoid consuming too much fibre and your tummy will be in better shape too.
#6 – Vegetables that are Cruciferous
If you’ve eaten vegetables lately, you may have noticed that that certain vegetables create gas within the body and result in some amount of bloating. Examples of such vegetables include cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Ahhh … but you may also say …. “I thought veggies were good for me”. Yes, veggies are good for you but certain vegetables can also make you BLOAT! So, what are you to do? Consume wisely, would be my advice. Get your daily servings of vegetables and but do not consume too much to minimize the potential for bloating.
#7 – Legumes
Yes, these can include your favorite beans and lentils. Peas in soups or as side dishes can quickly add up to cause bloating after a meal. Legumes can also be an interesting category of food because there may be people who experience no bloating AT ALL after eating legumes. Thus, if you notice that you do not quite have a tolerance for legumes, do not be dismayed. You may be able to gradually build up this tolerance and it would be worth it too because these are healthy foods that you SHOULD be eating. Just be aware of the quantities of legumes you consume.
You do not want an EXPANDING tummy. Actually, nobody does. So, KNOWING what to do about it is a key element to this issue. What should you avoid and why? Some of the foods mentioned above such as legumes and vegetables can ACTUALLY be good for you! Yeah, I know … it may seem a bit contradictory but in reality, just know that too much of some of these recommended foods could be bad for you. In addition to avoiding these foods that EXPAND your tummy, there are ways to relieve bloating that could be affecting your tummy and these bloating relieving foods include citrus fruits, pineapple, garlic, water, yogurt and tea. These foods could help you get rid of unwanted gas.
There are also other foods that could increase bloating or cause inflammation and chronic joint pain . Bloating around the joints could result in inflammation and pain. The foods that cause bloating and your tummy to expand do so by overwhelming the body and creating unwanted gas and possibly adding some pounds to your waistline as well. Yes, some foods could lead to bloating and joint pain! Keeping abreast of the information regarding superfoods  that provide nutrients and health to the body is the way to go. Enjoy a slimmer waist and a tummy that is NOT EXPANDING when you eat these superfoods and keep clear of the tummy expanding foods.
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Rick Kaselj, MS
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