Eating too fast
Everyone is busy, and have to go and things to do, so we sometimes do regular activities as quickly as we can, carrying less about the side effect of that rush. However there are many things that must be done always in moderation, one of those things is eating.
If you eat too fast, you swallow gas – producing air which increases the size of your belly. This is no myth. The trapped air inside makes you feel bloated. It might also cause your digestive system to digest your food slowly. New York City nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg, RD, of Middleberg Nutrition explained the reason that is hiding behind this: You don’t chew thoroughly, when you eat in a rush, and that leads to creating larger pieces of food sitting in your gut, waiting to be fully digested. It also causes you to lose count of the amount you’ve consumed and in the long run you have ingested more than you should.
The solution? Always take your time and eat slowly.
It is refreshing, sweet, and it completes your life. According to Middleberg, those tiny bubbles that give bubbly sensation can cause your stomach to swell. And if you think that because it has artificial sweeteners, diet soda can have a different effect, you’re wrong. Diet sodas are even worse. Artificial sweeteners cannot be digested so they make your stomach swell and swell, big time.
The solution? If you can’t stop it, cut down on soda intake. Or at first mix ice cubes in the soda and wait for a few minutes before you drink it.
Eating close to bedtime
Do you choose the foods that you eat for dinner? What time do you eat your dinner? If you’re like most of the people, then you eat your dinner an hour or two before going to sleep. If that is your case, then you will wake up with an even bigger belly. It is not recommended to lie down immediately after diner, so unless you sleep standing you should stop hitting the sack after you eat.
The spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Alissa Rumsey, RD, said that laying down stops the ability of your body to break down the food fast. If you think about it, it really makes sense because sleeping takes less energy than activities you do when you are awake.
The solution? Always eat at least 3 to 4 hours before you go to sleep, or if you have no choice but to sleep right after that “dinner” only a piece of fruit or yogurt. Remember to eat a bigger meal in the morning.