The 1-Day Plan to Beat Bloat

Look slim and trim for your event with this plan.

The 1-Day Plan to Beat Bloat

By Toni Gasparis

If you tend to bloat up during the day but don’t want to be bloated for an upcoming event, try out some of these tips from a few of The Dr. Oz Show experts. Simply follow this plan up to 24 hours ahead of time to beat your bloat.


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Get Some Sleep

Sleep deprivation causes a whole slew of problems, not the least of which are bloating and puffiness. As Feller explains, “When you’re not well rested, your brain wants more energy. Carbohydrates –specifically refined carbs – give your brain immediate energy,” explains Feller. This is a bad cycle, however, because refined carbs are not good for your body or for reducing bloat. So make sure to get the recommended seven to nine hours of rest the night before an event (and maybe even the nights leading up to it too).

More: 5 Easy Steps to a Better Night’s Sleep

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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