You’ve worked hard getting that beautiful beach body so the last thing you want when you slip on your gorgeous new bikini is a bloated stomach. It’s as simple as avoiding foods that make your stomach swell before you hit the beach. These are what you really shouldn’t eat when you want to look your most svelte.
Try to avoid any overly salty foods as they have been known to make you gassy and they certainly cause a degree of water retention within the body. Though chips and dips might strike you as a fun pre beach snack, the less sodium you put in to your body, the better you will feel when you get to the ocean.
2. Carbonated Drinks
One of the key foods to avoid before hitting the beach is carbonated drinks. All of the bubbles in your favorite sodas have to go somewhere, and for most people that is straight to the belly to cause a little bloating or even gas. If you really can’t go without carbonated beverages, try substituting with sparkling water which is less likely to cause any uncomfortable and noticeable bloating. Plenty of ice and a slice of lemon and you have the perfect summer drink.
The old saying of an apple day keeping the doctor away may be true, but nowhere in that saying does it mention that apples keeping the bloat away! The fruit is high in fiber and contains sorbitol and fructose, both sugars that many people do not actually know they cannot tolerate. The result of these is, yep, you guess it, a case of bloating, leaving the potential for you to be gassy and puffy which is definitely not a feeling you want to have at the beach.
Chewing gum might seem like an innocuous beach snack, but it can actually cause some significant bloating. The reason for this is that the very act of chewing on gum causes you to swallow more amounts of air than you usually would, causing your belly to swell just a little, but perhaps just enough to be noticeable in a bikini.
Obviously dairy is a no go for anybody with a form of lactose intolerance, but it can be also be something that any individual might want to avoid before they hit the beach. Nearly all types of traditional dairy can cause bloating, gas and in some cases even more uncomfortable stomach discomfort, so to be on the safe side before you put your bikini on it might be best to avoid it all together.
6. Cruciferous Vegetables
Though they are the perfect food for the long-term weight loss process, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale and cabbage are your enemy when it comes to looking bloated in a bikini! They contain something called raffinose which is a complex sugar that loves to cause bloat within the body. Perhaps switch to a healthy fruit smoothie in the days leading up to your beach trip instead of dining on your favorite green veggies.
7. Sugar Based Mixers
Though it is true that drinks like pina coladas and rum runners are an iconic symbol of good times at the beach, all of the excess sugar that is contained in the sweet cocktails can contribute to a lot of bloating if you are already prone to it. The mixture of natural and artificial sweeteners that drinks like these contain can really affect your tummy, so maybe opt for something with a little less fructose.
You deserve to look oh so fabulous darling in your bikini. You worked so hard for that beautiful beach body so avoid these items to avoid the bloat. Agreed?