25 Foods that Banish Bloat

May 14, 2014

25 Foods that Banish Bloat

1. Bananas
They may feel heavy, but bananas do not make you gain weight. Quite the opposite: They're loaded with filling fiber and potassium, which helps relieve water retention.
2. Cantaloupe
This orange melon is full of anti-bloating potassium, low in calories, and has a high water content, so you can get away with eating a lot of it.
3. Leafy greens
Some veggies, such as Brussels sprouts, are filled with important nutrients, but nonetheless make you bloat. Leafy greens, like kale, spinach, and lettuce, do no such thing. They're all super-low-cal, loaded with fiber, and help ease water retention.

4. Olive oil
Though it's not scientifically confirmed, there's some evidence that small amounts of olive oil may help reduce belly fat. That's because it contains a chemical called oleic acid, which helps break down fat in the body.
5. Grainy bread
You already know to stay away from processed white bread--all its sugars cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then plummet, leaving you hungry again fast. But whole-grain bread is packed with fiber, which stabilizes blood sugar levels to keep you full.
6. Artichokes
A medium-size one has 7 grams of fiber--almost 30 percent of your recommended daily allowance--to help your digestive system chug along properly.
7. Avocados
These guac stars are filled with healthy, filling monounsaturated fat. Spread on whole-wheat bread for avocado toast, or slice up half an avocado and mix it into any salad.
8. Brown rice
A complex carb, brown rice takes a long time to digest, helping to keep you full. Cook with it and swap it in for white rice on sushi or in Chinese takeout.

9. Lentils
Consider lentils the ultimate tummy-trimming trifecta--they're packed with protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates, all of which help slim you.
10. Kimchi
This Korean staple is a prime example of a fermented food--others include sauerkraut, pickles, and tempeh--meaning it's filled with probiotics to help boost good, digestive-tract-healing gut bacteria.

11. Oatmeal
The secret ingredient? Fiber, which helps keep you full without puffing you out. Sprinkle on cinnamon and breakfast is served.
12. Probiotic yogurt
It's filled with good bacteria that help promote gut health and make your digestive tract run more smoothly. As a result, you'll be less prone to gas and bloating.
13. Fatty fish
Those like salmon and mackerel are packed with healthy, filling omega-3 fatty acids, which are structural fats, not storage fats, so they're less likely to be stored in a layer of belly fat.

14. Apples
An apple a day keeps the doctor and the pounds away. A recent study found that noshing on an apple before a meal may help you eat less later, thanks to its filling fiber.
15. Cucumbers
These crunchy veggies have few calories and are natural diuretics, meaning they help flush out excess water weight.
16. Tomatoes
These super-low-cal fruits are rich in potassium, which helps rid your body of belly-bloating sodium. Plus, they've been found to reverse leptin resistance. Since leptin helps regulate your appetite, it's important for your waistline that your body produces adequate amounts.
17. Berries
Hello, summer! Berries are full of fiber and antioxidants, plus they're low-cal. Eat them solo or use them as a topping for yogurt or cereal. 
18. Celery
Since it's packed with water, celery helps your body flush out extra liquids, which makes your stomach appear flatter.
19. Asparagus
These stalks contain potassium, which helps remove excess fluids from your body. Eat them raw or sprinkle with salt, pepper, and olive oil and toss them on the grill.
20. Eggplant
This veggie is very low in sodium and high in water, so it helps fight bloat.
21. Watermelon
This red fruit is packed with water, so you can eat tons of it. And what's more refreshing at the end of a summer barbecue?
22. Almonds
Almonds are loaded with protein, making them a great afternoon snack. Just be sure to stick with the natural kind, and limit yourself to a one-ounce serving (about a shot-glass worth).
23. Eggs
All the latest science shows that having two eggs for breakfast can help you eat less throughout the day. That's because they're filled with protein, which wards off the urge to nosh.
24. Shrimp
Like eggs, shrimp are packed with keep-you-full protein. The shellfish is also super-low-cal, so you can eat up until you're satisfied.
25. Lemon water
It sounds almost too obvious, but seriously, water works. Hydration flushes excess sodium from your body to flatten your stomach and lemon soothes your digestive system, which helps you banish bloat for good
Kimchi? Really? I love kimchi-off to the Korean grocer I go.
One word - Sauerkraut!

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