One of the most common problems that people have, is getting rid of the pooch belly.
It seems as if no matter how hard you try, it just won’t go away, so what do you do, you crank out more lower abdominal exercises, and leg lifts and run some more. But after a while, you realize its not really helping. You may even have a great stomach on the upper half and the bottom is still soft and pudgy. Click here for the video.
That’s because most of the time, this pooch is not exercise related. It is usually driven by whats happening inside your body that’s causing all the problems. So here are a few tips to help decrease it.
First one, and possibly most important. Cut out the gluten in your diet. So that means your breads, pastas and all starchy kinds of food. This will be a good start, but also very difficult because gluten is in almost everything you eat, especially if you haven’t stopped buying foods in a bag or box. But most people have atleast a minor intolerance to gluten, which can gunk up and cause inflammation in our gastrointestinal tract, and that will cause bloating in that lower pooch area.
Next, drink more water and lower your sodium intake. This is more common in women, but many times when you start to retain water, people will stop drinking it because they have too much in. This doesn’t allow the body to clear the sodium and toxins that are causing the bloating, which sounds counter-intuitive, but when you are retaining water, cut out the sodium and then drink more water to clear your system out.
Another one is to increase your fiber. Most people are only getting in maybe 15 grams of fiber per day. I would recommend atleast doubling that to 30, and even 40 grams. This will also help to clean out your insides, and get rid of some of the junk just hanging around in your intestines.
Also, start taking a probiotic. This will put that good bacteria back into your stomach. It will also facilitate in your digestion and basically keep everything running smoothly on the inside of your body.
And finally, cut out the sugary and highly refined foods in your diet. I realize this goes right along with cutting out the gluten. But high sugary foods can also cause inflammation in your body, and any time that happens your body will not be operating at full capacity.
Give those a try and really stick to those rules for 2 weeks. You should see a notable difference and that will also give your body some time to clean out all the gluten and other stuff that is stuck in your intestines.
Because if you only try those for a day or two, you aren’t really going to see a big difference.