Kitchen, not gym, the answer
Suffering from a bloated or “wobbly” belly?
This is one of the most common complaints for men and women alike; an issue that seems to throw people’s positive body image right out of the window.
Here’s the truth: no matter how much TV commercials tell you “you only need to spend two minutes on this ‘Ab King Pro’ everyday — and get a six-pack like this” it is complete rubbish.
You could spend half of your waking day on that machine, but if your diet isn’t right you will not get the results.
Modern research has shown that weight loss is 80 per cent diet related and 20 per cent fitness related. Yet we seem to throw most money at expensive gym memberships and fitness gadgets, rather than paying close attention to what we eat on a daily basis.
In all honesty you can’t have one without the other. So if your belly is staying put after pounding the treadmill week after week, assess these tips. ■ Bloated belly, especially later in the day?: Chew your food. You are paying no attention to the way you are eating, and more than likely biting, chewing twice and swallowing. The lack of chewing, and extra air swallowed while eating quickly, increases the gases in your stomach. On average you need to chew around 20 times. ■ Avoid fluid with meals. Fluid during and immediately after mealtime dilutes your digestive juices, which need to stay concentrated to be able to breakdown food particles. Avoid drinking 30 minutes either side of eating. ■ Kick the sugar and artificial sweetener habit: sugar and refined carbohydrates are major players in the diabetes and obesity epidemic. ■ Add a little bit of acidity to every meal: When the “sour” flavour hits your tongue it stimulates your digestive juices (saliva, hydrochloric acid), meaning food will be broken down more efficiently, reducing bloating. Try making dressings with lime, lemon or apple cider vinegar.