We all have bad hair days (and we will admit to it); however, it’s not common that we admit to having a “fat day.” Chances are, if your weight jumped over night or your stomach has become distended during the course of the day; you’re not fat you’re merely bloated!!! Women suffer from this more then men, due to monthly cycles. However, men can be at risk as well. Here are some things that could be causing your “fat day.”
Fiber – Although “Fiber is your friend,” if it is added too fast, then it might cause your system to rebel. On the flip side, if you don’t get enough fiber it can cause your system to be irregular. If you need fiber add it in slowly to your diet.
Gassy Foods – Fried and fatty foods, and some high-fiber goods, like beans, broccoli and cabbage, can boost your bloat. Try avoiding some of these items for a few days and see if your mid-section melts away. You don’t want to eliminate veggies, though, so just cut back and try to find some options that don’t bother you. You can also try Beano drops or tablets before eating your favorite foods. Anti-gas medications can help too.
Gulping Air. When you chew gum, drink through a straw, down sodas and smoke, you swallow air, and this can put carbon dioxide into your digestive tract. You don’t want that, so stop smoking, cut back on the gum and straws and eat and drink slowly to reduce air intake (source).
Hormones – Your cycle can cause water retention and a slow system. To help your body, make sure you increase your workouts to help your system along and sweat out excess water.
Salty Food – Excess salt can cause you to store water weight. Make sure you keep your salt intake to under 2000mg per day. Avoid processed foods and “fast foods;” these both tend to have higher amounts of salt which is used to preserve meats.
Use this information to feel better about your body on a more consistent basis. Use these tools to turn your bad days into positive days.
(CES, PES, CPT, BS)