DON'Ts

Cosmopolitan (Philippines) - - Move -

1 Sal­ads and raw veg­gies

i know, right? SAL­ADS ARE A GO-TO weight LOSS MEAL for A LOT Of PEO­PLE, BUT THEY’RE packed with A LOT Of fiber, And A BOATLOAD Of fiber MEANS IN­TESTI­NAL GAS And STOM­ACH dis­ten­tion.

2 Cru­cif­er­ous vegeta­bles

Broc­coli, cauliflower, and cab­bage are no­to­ri­ous bloaters, whether cooked or un­cooked! So are turnips, rutaba­gas, and radishes, which are root vegeta­bles in the cab­bage fam­ily.

3 Fruc­toserich fruits

If you must eat fruits, choose the ones that are eas­ily di­gested—such as berries, wa­ter­melon, can­taloupe, pa­paya, and ba­nana—and eat them on an empty stom­ach.

4 gluten, dairy, and the usual sus­pects

On the rare oc­ca­sions that I con­sume gluten or dairy, I make sure they are of pre­mium qual­ity, or I eat them only dur­ing spe­cial oc­ca­sions. MSG and ar­ti­fi­cial preser­va­tives are clas­si­fied as “never” in my book.

5 Al­co­hol

Just look at how your face puffs up when you drink—your body is robbed of wa­ter and elec­trolytes, caus­ing your tis­sues to swell.

6 Fizz and car­bon­ated drinks

Fizz equals a whole lot of bub­bles, con­tain­ing a whole lot of gas, re­sult­ing in a whole lot of flat­u­lence! The co­pi­ous amount of su­gar isn’t help­ful ei­ther.

7. Ex­ces­sive ex­er­cise

Rest­ing from your usual beast-mode rou­tine will bring down hy­per­tro­phy, swelling, and in­flam­ma­tion. Dial it down, but keep mov­ing—yoga or walking at a leisurely pace will aid in detox­i­fi­ca­tion.

8 Eggs

A few of my celebrity clients who took a food test were sur­prised to find out that they were in­tol­er­ant to egg whites, not yolks. Most peo­ple who want to lose weight skip the yolks, but check with a nutri­tion­ist to be sure.

9 Beans and legumes

Soaked or un­soaked, th­ese guys tend to pro­mote in­testi­nal gas.

10 nuts

Nuts are one of the health­i­est snacks on Earth, but they’re dif­fi­cult to di­gest and can give you a “beer belly” look.

11 Too much spice

Spices stim­u­late the re­lease of stom­ach acid, so fla­vor your food with anti-bloat­ing herbs in­stead.

12 gum

Chew­ing gum causes you to swal­low ex­cess air, which gets trapped in your tummy and causes bloat­ing.

13 Too much salt

It makes you re­tain wa­ter. But Hi­malayan salt con­tains min­er­als that fa­cil­i­tate the ab­sorp­tion of fluid in your cells.

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