So it's your best friend's birthday next week, and you wanna look smoking hot in that new body-con you just bought yesterday. And to be in the perfect shape, you have gone very conscious of your eating habits these days. The only nightmare for you right now would be a bloated belly, and you'd do anything to avoid it. If that's happening to you, sit down and listen to me very carefully, 'You're freakin' out way too much!'
People who have beautiful toned bodies too, witness bloated tummies after having heavy meals for a day or two. And it really doesn't matter how healthy the meal was. Bloated bellies are common and not something to worry about. And if you don't trust me, hear it from an expert herself!
And if you don't believe us, listen the same from a fitness addict herself!
Her Facebook and Instagram feeds are full of positive energy and motivation to her followers.
The one on the left shows her bloated stomach after all the meals of the day while the other shows her belly after 12 hours, right after she woke up from her sleep.
No, I'm not 6 months pregnant. It's just my food baby...These two photos are 12 hours apart, left before bed and right when I woke up.... I know right!!
We are not all what we seem on social media. I thought I would share a bad day with you to show you nobody is "perfect" and it is ok to have an off day where your body just decides not to play ball. Don't worry girls, it happens to the best of us, all part and parcel of being a female! It is a delightful cocktail of lack of sleep, stress, hormones and food intolerances. A mixture for a whole lotta bloat.
To make matters worse, it seems to happen at incredibly inconvenient times... On an evening out for dinner in a lovely tight dress. I could be half way into my main course, and I suddenly feel uncomfortable and now really unattractive with a big bloated belly!
I had learned a lot over the last few years through my own research into my own problems once I noticed my body playing up when I did certain things and ate certain foods. It was really frustrating because I couldn't work out what was triggering it.
This photo is a bad day, a day I cannot tell you exactly what I ate that made me blow up. I have gone over everything I ate, and I was relatively clean so it could be something I think is "healthy" that my body now thinks naaa no likey. Sometimes your body becomes intolerable to something you've always eaten; you just have to work it out. Fun game though? No. Not really.
Stress. The killer. I have a busy and stressful job which pushes me every day. I love my job and wouldn't change it for the world, but I have to factor in de-stress time to help me unwind and allow my insides to untwist after a tough day in the office. Yoga, walks with the dog or just putting my feet up and watching Netflix normally do the trick.
Sleep. I am guilty of lack of sleep. Our bodies need our 8 hours to relax, rebuild and unwind in order to keep going to their full capacity each day. I for one do not get enough sleep by the time I finish work, go to the gym, come home and have dinner, do my food prep, then maybe sit down, by the time I know it its 11:30 pm.... Not ideal!
Hormones. Mine are a bit on the left after competing in bikini competitions a couple of years back. I've never been the same since due to the amount of physical stress I put my body under for the comp. Currently, I'm working on getting all my hormones triggering right again, so everything ticks over nicely.
I am in no way perfect. In fact, I am miles away from being a role model when it comes to looking after myself fully in this sense. We all have our areas of weakness. I know what I am doing wrong, and I know how to fix it, but it is actually implementing it into your lifestyle that's the tough bit. I am trying extremely hard to sleep more, relax more and eat right (not less, just right) and I am definitely seeing improvement and will share tips and photos as I go.
Yes, it gets me down when this happens. No there's nothing I can immediately do about it. But you can add it and eventually overcome it.
* Get your zzz's!
* Write a food diary and reflect where and when you bloat.
* Don't over exercise to compensate for a bloated belly. It's not fat. Exercising will most likely make it worse.
* Look into gut health supplements - multivitamins and probiotics.
* Drink peppermint tea to soothe your tum.
* Relax and be happy... It'll be ok; you're not alone. Promise."
Tiffany talks about having a toned body doesn't mean you can't get bloated after heavy meals, and it's totally okay to have a belly bump.
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