Nothing is quite worse than feeling uncomfortable and bloated in a too tight dress before attending a special event. With my wedding less than a week away(!!!), I definitely will be steering clear from foods and drinks that are hard to digest and cause bloating!
To be sure and start from a good place, get the right size to begin with, no one knows the size you get and it’s much better to get the dress that fits you and hugs you in all the right places. And please don’t do the whole, “It’s fine I’ll drop X pounds by X event” Stop it, NO! That’s too much pressure and typically leads to weight gain! Buy the dress that fits, eat well, move and fight off the bloat. Then you’ll feel beautiful and ready when the big event arrives.
Here are some tips and tricks to fend off that bloat leading up your special event. I’ll be following these guidelines all week 🙂 Who wants to join?
What Causes You to Bloat?
Bloating occurs for various reasons but the most common are water retention and poor digestion.
Your body typically looks and feels puffy when you’re retaining excess water. When your body is holding onto water, it’s most likely telling you that you need MORE water. Yes, more not less. Water works wonders in flushing out the bad stuff. When in doubt, drink more water. Also, potassium can help reduce water retention so enjoy some bananas, carrots or spinach!
When you eat foods that aren’t easy to digest, your gut is working overtime and much of your body’s energy is being spent on digesting food. Think of all the other wonderful things you could be using that energy for, like a cardio sesh!
Steer clear from foods that are difficult to digest, like animal fat, dairy, and processed foods. Also, while you are enjoying your food, drink water but not too much and don’t drink ice cold water! Drink room temperature, or warmer liquids to help aid digestion.
Foods/Drinks that Make you Bloated
As tempting as a glass of bubbly can be, sometimes it’s best to steer clear to keep you feeling your best. Club soda and fizzy water drinks are wonderful alternative to soda, but still has carbonation so try to avoid them a week before a big event. Water and lemon should be your answer.
Sometimes people opt for sugar-free before big events to help in their staying slim efforts, but it can actually wreak havoc. The sugar alcohols in these foods are hard to digest.
Stay away from dairy as long as you can before an event. Some people don’t have a hard time digesting dairy, but typically it’s best to avoid if possible. Ice cream normally seems like a good call, but not before something you want to feel and look your very best at! (I’m looking at myself here 😉 )
Too much sodium is not good for you and causes major bloat. If you mess up and have a lot of salt, drink plenty of water to flush it out.
Alcohol can make your face look puffy and bloated, which is definitely not a winning look. Alcohol can contribute to excessive gas forming in your digestive system causing pressure to build in your stomach – meaning major bloating!
Good luck in your efforts to fight off the bloat! We got this!! 🙂