So January is all about getting fit and healthy for the new year. You've made your resolutions - and probably broken half of them already.
So he's a little inspiration.... get that slim tummy - perfect for showing off in our bikini tops.
Part one is all about the right foods.
1. Sinning Salt
Salt attracts water - so if you're eating a lot of salty food, it's likely your retaining a lot of water, which means you're looking and feeling a little bloated. Cutting your salt intake will lower how bloated you are. Don't forget its not just the salt you add whilst cooking or seasoning your food, but also in any pre-packaged foods. That's where the reals salt sins are.
2. Raw foods
Raw foods, take up more space in your gastrointestinal tract, meaning you get a swollen belly. Cooking your veggies means less space used, but all the same nutrients as the raw equivalent.
3. Fizzy drinks
This one isn't new - fizzy drinks with all those bubbles and gas are going to fill you up and expand your tummy. Cutting out your carbonated friends will make you feel lighter, and make you look leaner.
4. Too many carbs
Unfortunately all those yummy white carbs aren't doing you any favours in the tummy area. Pasta and bread, are your tummy enemy. By decreasing your carb intake, your body has the chance to use the stored fuel from your older carbs - which means you'll actually get the chance to burn it off, instead of just adding to it. Plus you'll loose some of that stored fluid too!
5. Chewing Gum
Although it leaves you minty fresh after eating that cheese and onion sandwich at lunch, gum isn't helping your tummy stay flat. Whilst chewing, you swallow air which then gets trapped in your stomach, causing excess pressure, bloating and belly expansion.
Maybe try a mint instead.
6. Fried foods
We all know it - but here's the reason why. The fat in the fried food is digested a lot slower than all other foods, leaving you feeling heavy and keeping the food in your tummy for longer, giving you the big tummy look.
7. Acidic drinks
This includes tea, coffee, alcohol and fruit juices. The acids in these drinks irritate the gastrointestinal tract, causing swelling.
8. Windy foods
Some foods contain a bit more gas than others, causing bloating. These include - brussel sprouts (would never have guessed right?), cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, onions, peppers and citrus fruits.So there's just some helpful tips for foods to avoid.
So that's the foods, but remember its not all about what you eat. Sometimes it's how you eat it. Eat slowly. Not only will this give your stomach to tell your brain its full (usually about 20 minutes) but when you eat quickly, you intake large amounts of air, which leads to bloating.
Good luck girls and look out for part two - belly busting workout moves!!