10 Belly-Bloating Foods to Avoid

For those who want a flatter stomach, the Flat Belly Diet‘s 4-day Jumpstart aims to reduce belly bloat and start flattening the belly right away. The Jumpstart is created specifically to reducer water retention, eliminate heavy solids, and relieve gas so you will quickly look and feel lighter."  Flat Belly Diet‘s offers some tips on which foods causes belly-bloating and thus, you should avoid. 

Salt

Water is attracted to sodium, explains the Flat Belly Diet. Thus, you must avoid salty foods, salt-based seasonings, and processed foods. When you take in higher-than-usual amount of sodium, you’ll retain more fluid (temporarily). This adds to the bloated, sluggish feeling.

Excess carbs

Your muscles store a type of carbohydrate called glycogen. A gram of glycogen is stored with about 3 grams of water. Now, according to the Flat Belly Diet this stored energy is not necessary unless you’ve got some seriously strenuous activity scheduled for the following day.  The Flat Belly Diet advises cutting down on you carbohydrate intake to "temporarily train" your body to get to this stored fuel and burn it off, and remove the excess stored water along with it.

Bulky raw foods

Think: maximum amount of nutrients while requiring the least amount of storage space. For instance, a half-cup of carrots provides the same nutrition as one whole cup. Flat Belly Diet suggests eating only cooked vegetables, smaller portions of unsweetened dried fruit, and canned fruits in natural juice. This allows you to meet your daily nutrient needs without expanding your GI track.

Gassy foods

Cabbage and its ilk – legumes, broccoli, onions, citrus fruits, etc. – create more gas in the GI track. Limit your intake of these gassy foods.

Fried foods

Your stomach digests fried fatty foods a lot more slowly, which means they stay longer in your stomach, making you feel heavy and bloated.

With the Flat Belly Diet, you’ll still be eating fats, but healthy fats – think monounsaturated fatty acids. These healthy fats go after what Flat Belly Diet calls "lose visceral belly fat." Olives, nuts and seeds, avocado and dark chocolate are all rich in monounsaturated fats.

Spicy foods

Foods jazzed up with your favorite spices such as black pepper, nutmeg, cloves, chili powder, hot sauces, onions, garlic, mustard, barbecue sauce, horseradish, catsup, tomato sauce, and vinegar stimulate the release of stomach acids.

Chewing gum

Simply but chewing gum causes you to swallow air which gets trapped in you GI. The trapped air causes pressure and belly expansion. On top of that, it also causes discomfort.

Sugar alcohols

Sugar substitutes such as names xylitol and/or maltitol are commonly found in low-calorie or low-carb products such as cookies, energy bars, and candies. Your GI tract can’t absorb most of them, which is not good for your belly because, sugar alcohols cause gas, ab dominal distention, bloating, and diarrhea.

Carbonated drinks

Obviously, the bubbles in these bubbly drinks end up in your stomach. Flat Belly Diet recommends their signature drink Sassy Water which is flavorful and soothing.

High-acid drinks

Acidic drinks like alcohol, coffee, tea and some fruit juices irritate the GI tract, which then causes swelling.

Source: MSN Health