What floats your bloat??Knowing which healthy foods help you lose weight isn't good enough — you also need to know which types of food make you bloated and appear heavier than you really are so you can steer clear of them.
What’s the main culprit of a bloated belly? Sodium. You know, having too much salt in your diet, which typically comes from processed and/or junk food in your diet.
The top 10 sources of food that contribute to belly bloat, according to The Centers for Disease Control, are as follows:
- cold cuts and cured meats
- fast-food burgers and sandwiches
- meatloaf and other meat dishes
- salty snacks (potato chips, pretzels)
Not only can many of these foods add pounds, but they can make you look bloated and larger than your true size. Additionally, too much salt intake can lead to other health problems such as high blood pressure. By avoiding the less healthy foods in this list or at least limiting your intake, you can keep the weight off and the bloating away. Also, be sure to eat mainly whole, natural foods that aren’t processed for a healthy weight and size.
Tips for cutting down sodium
- Season your food with spices instead of salt
- When a recipe calls for salt and you are already using other ingredients such as canned tomatoes that contain salt, leave it out
- Select foods that are "low-salt" or "no-salt." But be careful: foods marked as "reduced sodium" may still contain a lot of it. Aim for no more than 200 mg of sodium per serving.
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Source: shine.yahoo.com; mayoclinic.com