3 Guaranteed Ways to Avoid the Dreaded Bloat

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It’s true! The pain and puffiness associated with bloating CAN be avoided by taking a few precautions.

By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT  |   Grab Your Free 7 Day Pass NOW
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Have you ever seen those fitness gurus on social media that will show you a picture they took of themselves before they ate and then one not long after? I follow a girl on Instagram names Emily Skye. She’s a great inspiration for a healthy lifestyle and she also isn’t afraid to share her reality with everyone. One way she does this is with before/after pictures.

Click here to see an example of the type of bloating posts that I’m talking about.

By seeing someone as wildly in shape as her be so bloated and uncomfortable looking, it helps us realize… we aren’t alone!

Bloating is INCREDIBLY common, but it’s also very avoidable! You may actually be carrying more bloat weight on you than you think. You could even be mistaking it for body fat! Here’s some ways to help you keep that bloat tame and as concealed as possible!

Stop piling on the salt – I mean it!

Seriously. I can’t tell you how many times I get the response, “It was just a little bit that I put on there.”, whenever I ask my clients if they added salt to certain foods. Salt is one of the biggest reasons we all bloat. The more salt you add to your food, the more you are going to see yourself expand like a balloon!  Not only will you be super bloated and uncomfortable, but you’ll also be incredibly dehydrated and tired feeling.


Avoid certain foods.

Personally I’m not the worlds worst, when it comes to bloating. Chinese type food will do it for me every now and then, but nothing too severe. However, give my cousin only 2 Mexican restaurant tortilla chips and her face and fingers start to swell. I didn’t believe it until she showed me one day. Turns out, it’s incredibly common! It makes sense, because restaurant Mexican and Asian foods tend to have a lot of salt and preservatives. Like you read in my last point, salt is a big culprit in the world of bloat. Keep away from the processed foods and sauces that these 2 types of foods offer.


Don’t shun water.

It may sound crazy, but the more dehydrated you are the more bloated you may tend to be. Your body is trying to hold on to every drop of water it has inside of itself. Get in the habit of having a bottle of water with you at all times. It will keep your system flushed out and you won’t retain water weight, since your body has plenty to be using for itself. You’ve probably heard it a time or twelve, but it’s the truth: Water is a key factor when it comes to weight loss and a healthy trim, defined body. Our muscles need water to function and work to the best of their abilities.

It may take you a little while, but cutting salt and excess sodium from your diet is going to make SUCH a big difference in how you physically look and feel each day. Take it slow though. Start by cutting the sodium from 1-2 items where you normally get your salt fix. It gets easier and I promise you won’t ever care about adding it back to your food once you stop!

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I am NCCPT certified Personal Trainer Betsy Stevens and I train out of Golds Gym on Chapel Hill Road and Hospital Drive in Douglasville, Ga.