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Ten foods to avoid for a flat belly….

Ten foods to avoid for a flat belly….

flat_bellyEvery person has problem areas on their body. The main problem which every one likes to harp are about their stomachs. We dietitians do not have a magic wand to give you wash board abs, but we can definitely help you reach there. A few tips to reduce the belly bloat and to look great are here for you.

These foods can trigger a belly bloat. So lets have a look at each one.

  • Salt– Avoid too much of salt in the diet. Salt lies hidden in canned foods, baked foods, cured meats and how can we forget, potato wafers. Salt can draw water from the body and thereby give you the sluggish, flabby look.  Now you know why you get a jelly belly by eating too much of salty junk foods. If you have a wedding or function coming up where you would like to show off your midriff. Go off salt the day before the function and see the difference. But do not do this often as it can be dangerous.
  • Cut carbs if you are eating more of it- Peek into your diet and see whether you are eating carbs more than what your body needs. If you eat more carbs, the extra glucose is converted into glycogen, a storage form of extra energy and glycogen can attract water. So cross check with a dietitian as to how much you need to eat and yes, I am not asking you to go Atkins aka very low carb diet.
  • Do not eat excess of salads- I advise most of my clients to eat salads as many of them hardly eat any veggies. But if you overdo it, then you can end up feeling bloated. This is because our stomach expands, as salads take more room in the stomach. So eat smaller portions of salads and chew well.
  • Gassy foods- A few of the food can create gas in your GI tract such as legumes such as green gram etc, cauliflower, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, citrus fruits, onions etc. But this does not mean you are never going to eat them. You should eat them by adding a variety in your diet.
  • Chewing Gum- Do you know you swallow air when you chew gum? All this air gets trapped inside and can cause bloating. So keep it to a minimum.
  • Sugar Substitutes– A few of the sugar substitutes such as xylitol, maltitol are found in low sugar or sugar free products. These do not add to the calories but if taken in excess can cause gas, abdominal distention, diarrhoea(yikes) etc.
  • Fried food– They are not only bad for your heart but also for your tummy, as it takes longer time to digest and makes you feel bloated. But this does not mean, you should not eat fats at all. Include olives, nuts and seeds, avocado, dark chocolate(Yummm!!!), oils such as olive oil, rice bran, nut oils which can actually help you to whittle down your tummy.
  • Spicy food– Go easy on the seasonings in your food as these can cause gastric irritation and cause bloating.
  • Carbonated drinks– All those bubbles stay in the tummy and cause bloating. This includes frothy beer too. We have heard of beer belly, but now coke bellies are on the rise too.
  • Acidic drinks- Why do you take antacids? To reduce the bloaty, hurting feeling in the tummy. Excess intake of alcohol, beverages such as tea, coffee, acidic fruit juices can irritate the tummy lining and cause bloating. Drink these in moderation.

So now you know where you are going wrong. Tackle these foods and see the difference.

Stay hydrated in Summer…

Stay hydrated in Summer…

drinkingwaterSummer season is upon us in India and we are getting barbecued in the blazing sun. Dehydration is a common problem seen during this time. The soft drink companies mint money as the buyers are guzzling away.

Health needs to be maintained very much during this time as dehydration can be fatal. Dehydration involves loss of water and various electrolytes. Symptoms include dizziness, dry mouth and less urine production or the color of the urine changes to dark urine. Chronic dehydration can result in stomach infections, poor skin and can increase your chances of kidney stones due to concentrated urine.

How do you prevent it? Try the tips which I personally follow-

  • Carry a bottle every where you go and remember, keep sipping. This keeps you hydrated all day long.
  • Replace soft drinks such as coke (which I totally stay away from) with lime juice. Lime is rich in various electrolytes like sodium, potassium, chlorides etc. Soft drinks can further dehydrate you and corrode your bones and teeth etc. Lime juice can be had with sugar too as a little sugar will provide you some instant energy and salt will provide further electrolytes. I love adding a dash of lime juice to a glass of cold water and is a very refreshing drink, rich in vitamin C.
  • Coconut water is another refreshing drink and is very easily available,even if there is no availability of drinking water. Rather than buying a bottle of coke, replace it with tender coconut water for a refreshing change.
  • Eat a lot of water based fruits like watermelon, pineapple, citrus fruits and any other seasonal fruits.
  • You need to take extra care to drink enough water while exercising as the seasonal heat can dehydrate you more.

Stay away from excessive intake of juices. I try to avoid juices as much as possible for their sugar content.

Get out your swim gear and get into water to chill out in the season.

How do you prevent dehydration? Share your tips with others.

Buttermilk Vs Coke

Buttermilk Vs Coke

boy-drinking-coke-thumb253355Buttermilk as we know is low in fat and calories and is also healthy for your bones.

It is much healthier than aerated drinks or soft drinks. Soft drinks leach out the calcium from the bones and crate a havoc with the calcium balance in the body. The artificial colors are cancerous and can stain your teeth and and leach out calcium from your teeth too.

Soft drinks are high in sugar and gives you unwanted calories and can cause weight gain.

People who want to gain weight should never drink aerated drinks to gain weight as it affects the bones and results in thinner bones.

While buttermilk is very low in calories and is rich in calcium which strengthens the bones. It is a natural drink made from milk products. It is better to keep a bottle of buttermilk with you rather than a can of coke.

A large glass of buttermilk can give 60-80mg of calcium which can really help to increase your calcium intake. It does not contain any sugar and hence does not affect your bones and cause weight gain.

It is a thirst quencher and does not induce any sugar cravings as how coke can do.

So cheers to buttermilk!!!!