Girls, we feel you. That heavy and bloated feeling that’s best described as: “Ugh.” After a full swing of intense Chinese New Year feasting and OD-ing on steamboat, abalone, roast duck and pineapple tarts (the list goes on), you just feel like hitting the reset button when you realise that you can’t fit into your favourite pair of skinnies anymore. So before you decide to bury all your troubles in a big tub of ice-cream and commit to a lifetime of sweatpants, here’s how you can minimise or erase some of the damage that’s done to your (once) flat belly.
Sweat It Out
When your stomach’s filled with a surplus of food, try to slot in some exercise the morning after before you have your breakfast. Go for a run, a swim, a bike ride, or calm your stressed system with a yoga session to relax your stomach nerves. This will help to release all the toxins and give you an endorphin boost that’ll leave you feeling refreshed and brand new.
Have A Healthy Breakfast
Even if you wake up feeling full and sluggish from all the yummy sinful delights of Chinese New Year, sit yourself down at the start of the day with a healthy well-balanced breakfast. Not only does it reboot your body by jump-starting your metabolism, but it also refreshes your body and improves your mood. Opt for some cereal, fruits, eggs or milk and try to eat clean for the next couple of days to restore balance.
Minimise Sugar Intake
After all those sweet desserts and snacks, it’s important to work on balancing the sugar levels in your body. Soft drinks especially, should be avoided like the plague because all there is to it is just empty calories that will add significant amounts of unnecessary weight to your fab body. So if you’re still craving for something sweet, reach for water or unsweetened tea instead of soda, which brings us to the next point.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Getting plenty of H2O and staying hydrated helps to keep that excess appetite in check, and is a proven way to deal with digestive issues. Drinking enough water boosts metabolism, reduces swelling and helps to flush out excess sodium for quick de-bloating. Plus, guzzling down water helps to moisturise your skin, thus keeping it fresh, glowing and smooth. Get those water bottles ready!
It might take a bit longer than you’d expect for that food baby to disappear so while patiently waiting for the pointers above to kick in, you might want to master the art of deception. Enter the high-waisted phenomenon. The holy grail of bulge busters, high-waisted skirts with a little stretch at the waist is guaranteed to expand just as you do and will hide any unsightly bumps. Go on, try this tip and you can thank us later.
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