Kitchen, not gym, the an­swer

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - ■ April Butt

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.

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