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    • Beating Beachtime Bloat


      By Diana Kelly Men's Fitness

      You’ve been working on your abs since January and they’re almost ready for the big reveal. Your last step before hitting the sand? Beating back beach-day bloat. Follow these seven tips to ensure your stomach looks (and feels) as flat as it really is when you show up seaside.

      1. Skip sugar-free gum

      Sure, sugar-free gum and candies are lower in calories, but they also contain sugar alcohols—sugars that have been bound with an alcohol so that your body digests only part of the sugar, explains Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies. The partial-digestion process can cause gastrointestinal side effects including bloating, gas, and even diarrhea.

      2. Ditch dairy

      Many people have some form of lactose intolerance, which makes digesting dairy products difficult, notes Palinski-Wade. If your body can’t break down lactose, consuming any food that contains dairy can result in gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation. Skip cereal and milk and start your day with eggs and veggies or toast with all-natural peanut butter instead.

      3. Undo damage from a night out

      If you knocked back a few too many drinks on the boardwalk last night and chased them with salty food, your stomach is probably feeling swollen from the alcohol and salt. The fix: drink 12 ounces of coconut water (look for varieties without added sugar) shortly after you wake up to rehydrate and help eliminate bloat. “The potassium in the water helps balance sodium levels in the body and can help fight water retention,” says Palinski-Wade.

      4. Ease up on fiber

      A high-fiber nutrition bar seems like a healthy, low-calorie snack to help stave off hunger between meals, but if your stomach can’t handle all the fiber (and potential sugar alcohols in the bar), you might experience bloating and abdominal pain. Fill up on fruit and nuts instead.

      5. Set down the soda

      You know that bubbly drinks make you burp, which is your body’s way of getting rid of excess air in your stomach. But when gas doesn't escape via belching, it can build up and make you bloated. On beach day, stay away from carbonated beverages and drink plenty of water—that last part might sound counterintuitive, but it works.

      6. Order a smarter side

      We all know french fries aren’t flat-abs food, but when you’re on vacation, it’s sometimes easy to just say, “Why not?” Before you reach for the plate keep in mind that the greasy treat could make you look puffy—and send energy levels plummeting. Fat slows down stomach emptying and can make you feel overly full. You’re better off ordering steamed veggies or a side salad, which won’t weigh you down for days.

      7. Keep moving

      It’s tempting to skip a workout when you’ve dedicated the day to bumming around on the beach, but don’t glue yourself to a lounge chair the second you’ve taken your last bite of lunch. “Going for a brisk walk after a meal can increase the speed of digestion and help food move quickly through your GI tract,” says Palinski-Wade. Exercise can also work to expel excess gas from your intestinal tract, helping your body beat bloat. Beach volleyball, anyone?

      Source: http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition...-to-beat-bloat
      Comments 17 Comments
      1. mountainman33's Avatar
        mountainman33 -
        Is it just me or do the writers at Men's Fitness seem to have the dumbest articles in fitness?
      1. Able825's Avatar
        Able825 -
        what a stupid article
      1. mcc23's Avatar
        mcc23 -
        Originally Posted by mountainman33 View Post
        Is it just me or do the writers at Men's Fitness seem to have the dumbest articles in fitness?
        They're pretty bad.. But the fiber point and bloating is a nice reminder...
      1. saggy321's Avatar
        saggy321 -
        Originally Posted by mountainman33 View Post
        Is it just me or do the writers at Men's Fitness seem to have the dumbest articles in fitness?
        Possibly the most pointless and badly written article I've read.
      1. Nerdabolic's Avatar
        Nerdabolic -
        Poorly.... Perhaps we should not critique English until we speak it.
      1. Nerdabolic's Avatar
        Nerdabolic -
        But yes, this is indeed rubbish and filler. All of their articles usually are and I wish AM would "unsubscribe" as it were.
      1. purebred's Avatar
        purebred -
        I mean, coconut water is pretty amazing after a rough night. This is a good beginners article. I would like to give credit where it is due!
      1. buff.girl's Avatar
        buff.girl -
        If there reasoning for drinking coconut water is due to its high potassium levels then u might aswell chomp down on a couple of bananas
      1. iBulk's Avatar
        iBulk -
        Originally Posted by Able825 View Post
        what a stupid article
        This.
      1. WayneD's Avatar
        WayneD -
        Dumb article
      1. saggy321's Avatar
        saggy321 -
        Originally Posted by Nerdabolic View Post
        Poorly.... Perhaps we should not critique English until we speak it.
        Badly is an adverb and in this sentence explains how the action, written, is performed. The definition of badly, taken from dictionary.com, is

        in a defective, incorrect, or undesirable way: The car runs badly.

        2.in an unsatisfactory, inadequate, or unskilled manner: a vague, badly written letter; He paints badly.

        3.unfavorably: His neighbors spoke badly of him. The weather turned out badly for the cruise.

        4.in a wicked, evil, or morally or legally wrong way.

        5.in a disobedient, naughty, or ethically or socially wrong way: He treats his parents badly.



        With this in mind, please explain in English how my previous sentence was not written in proper English, excusing the contraction which is acceptable when used in informal discourse such as this.
      1. saggy321's Avatar
        saggy321 -
        Originally Posted by Nerdabolic View Post
        But yes, this is indeed rubbish and filler. All of their articles usually are and I wish AM would "unsubscribe" as it were.
        You have used the incorrect pronoun in referring to Men's Fitness, which is a single entity. The correct pronoun to use in your sentence is 'its'.

        Perhaps we should not critique English until we speak it.
      1. purebred's Avatar
        purebred -
        I can't believe this has turned into a debate about proper grammar. Lol
      1. WayneD's Avatar
        WayneD -
        I guess it's more interesting than the article
      1. 12345's Avatar
        12345 -
        Originally Posted by Nerdabolic View Post
        Poorly.... Perhaps we should not critique English until we speak it.
        Badly is not incorrect. And English is being written here not spoken.
      1. Nerdabolic's Avatar
        Nerdabolic -
        "There is a slight difference between poorly, and badly: Poorly should be used when something is considered inadequate, while badly should be used to when something is inadequate."

        I suppose it is a matter of opinion. Therein lies the answer.

        I did make the mistake of referring to the staff of the magazine as a collective noun. Men's Fitness still blows.
      1. saggy321's Avatar
        saggy321 -
        Originally Posted by Nerdabolic View Post
        "There is a slight difference between poorly, and badly: Poorly should be used when something is considered inadequate, while badly should be used to when something is inadequate."

        I suppose it is a matter of opinion. Therein lies the answer.

        I did make the mistake of referring to the staff of the magazine as a collective noun. Men's Fitness still blows.
        It's a matter of style not of grammar. Hopefully you have learnt not to call out what you perceive to be other people's mistakes in an attempt to belittle them publicly. There really never is any need for such a behavior.

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