There’s nothing worse than finding you’ve gained inches on your waistline after a day of travel! Health & Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour dropped by Fox 32 to share five ways to beat airplane bloat this holiday season.
Many of my private weight loss clients are consultants and they travel a lot for work—even more so at the holidays to visit family! As a weight loss coach, I also travel a lot for speaking engagements so there’s no way I can walk into a meeting bloated and be taken seriously!
Here’s how I walk my talk and how you too can learn to eliminate bloating and discomfort during travel.
5 Ways to Beat Bloating During Travel
1. Avoid Certain Veggies
Cruciferous vegetables, like cabbage and broccoli, should be avoided at all costs before and during travel. They are the hardest to digest and increase gas and bloating. Vegetables like these are great for weight loss, but if you’re just starting to increase your veggie intake hold off until after the busy travel season to let your body adjust.
Instead, if you’re looking for immediate flattening and debloating eat cooked vegetables as they are easier to digest. Go for sautéed leafy greens like spinach and avoid raw veggies and salad.
2. Drink Plenty of Water
Water helps decrease bloating because it flushes you out. The goal is to go to the restroom at least once for every hour you’re on an airplane. When the flight attendants come by to offer you drinks, ask for two glasses of water instead of one and you’ll be sure to stay hydrated!
3. Travel with Protein
Eat foods low in salt to prevent bloating. Protein bars or protein packets are easy to pack and open for a quick snack (I love this plant-based, low sugar protein mix!).
Protein speeds up your metabolism, helps you burn fat, and regulates your blood sugar levels so you won’t crave those salty foods and sugary airplane snacks attendants hand out!
4. Take Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes
Always keep a digestive enzyme on hand when traveling and be sure to take a probiotic regularly. Both flush everything out and get things moving so you don’t have to worry about the pain, discomfort, and embarrassment of a bloated tummy.
5. Do the Twist
Sitting for hours in a terminal, on the plane, and in a shuttle or cab can wreak havoc on your digestive system. To help keep things moving along, get up every once in a while and twist from the hips.
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