Prevention (Australia) - - Easy Weight Loss - PRE­VEN­TIONAUS.COM.AU

THE SALT SHAKER: Wa­ter is at­tracted to salt – so eat­ing a lot of it can lead to un­wanted wa­ter re­ten­tion (not to men­tion, it’s bad for your heart health, too). Cut back by avoid­ing adding salt dur­ing cook­ing and at the table. It also pays to check the la­bel of pack­aged prod­ucts, which are no­to­ri­ously high in sodium (as well as mak­ing food taste good it’s a nat­u­ral preser­va­tive). As a guide, look for less than 120mg sodium per 100g. If you find your food lacks flavour with­out a shake of salt, boost the taste with fresh herbs and spices; pars­ley, co­rian­der, chilli, gin­ger or le­mon all give meals a flavour kick. RE­FINED CARBS: All carbs are not cre­ated equal, so there’s no need to elim­i­nate healthy foods like rolled oats and whole­grain bread. (Be­sides they help keep your brain alert and en­ergy up). What’s more cru­cial is min­imis­ing in­take of re­fined carbs – the ones from foods like bis­cuits and cakes. That will help you feel less bloated and slug­gish. As car­bo­hy­drates are stored in your body with wa­ter, eat­ing the healthy kind in sen­si­ble quan­ti­ties can help to elim­i­nate some wa­ter weight: a half cup of oats or muesli rather than a full bowl at break­fast, or one cup of cooked whole­meal pasta rather than a plate­ful. AL­CO­HOL: Al­co­hol is of­ten de­scribed as ‘empty kilo­joules’ – it pro­vides a lot of en­ergy, but lit­tle nutri­tional value. You might be sur­prised to learn that al­co­hol ac­tu­ally has al­most as many kilo­joules per gram as fat. So, by cut­ting down, you’re do­ing your waist­line (and your over­all health) a world of good.

CHEW­ING GUM: When you chew gum, you swal­low air, which causes pres­sure, bloat­ing and belly ex­pan­sion. Opt for a sprig of fresh mint. FRIED FOODS: Fatty foods, es­pe­cially the fried va­ri­ety (which we all love), cause you to feel heavy and bloated.

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