We love Thanksgiving but it does come with a feeling of being bloated and full for days. While it may be a day to indulge, but there are a few secrets to beat the unwanted bloat that comes with it. Check out these tips from Peak Performance trainer Jessi Kneeland before, during and after Thanksgiving to bounce right back and not feel too bad about your second serving.
6 Tips to Beat Post-Thanksgiving Bloat
- Drink tons of water: After consuming such a rich, salty meal, your body will retain fluid in an effort to keep you hydrated. So, drink lots of water to convince your body it can let go of those fluids, and you'll start to see and feel yourself de-puffing in a day or so.
- Lower your sodium intake for a few days: You'll want to keep your sodium intake low for at least a week after Thanksgiving to give yourself a chance to properly re-hydrate and de-bloat.
- Go for a walk after dinner: Get your body moving as soon as you can. This will help your digestion along and fight constipation. The same applies to getting to the gym the next day. The sooner you start the process of sweating and revving up your metabolism again, the better.
- Get plenty of fiber: The longer the food sits in your digestive system, the longer you'll feel bloated. I suggest taking a daily fiber supplement, but if you don't, then just make sure to get plenty of fiber-rich vegetables and fruits over the next few days.
- Fast: The morning after Thanksgiving, consider stretching your overnight fast into the afternoon. You can drink some coffee with cream in the morning, but avoid food until early or mid-afternoon! Giving your body a few extra hours of running on last night's fuel (and fat) will give your digestive system a much needed break.
- Eat water-rich fruits and veggies: This will help to re-hydrate your body though there is no substitute for water! Many fibrous greens like broccoli, kale, and spinach also offer the added bonus of magnesium, potassium, and calcium--all of which will help ease water retention.
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