3 Ways to Beat the Post Holiday Bloat

That feeling where you’ve taken ‘all inclusive’ toooooo far, and you know it! The bloat is REAL. Those shorts that fit you on Day 1 are now restricting the blood flow to your nether regions as you struggle to zip them up. Hell, maybe they don’t zip up at all anymore!  You’re so bloated that you worry more fart and you might actually take off. 37,000 feet in the air and you’re not even on the flight home yet! One more breakfast buffet is going to tip you over the edge…

We’ve all been there. I haven’t been on holiday this year yet (roll on December), but I remember last year’s all inclusive 5 star indulgence well. The first few days were fine, stuck to my intentions of choosing healthy options and skipping dessert. Lasted until Day 3 when I decided to go ‘all in’. If I was paying 2 grand for a week in Spain, I was gonna get my money’s worth!

So now that you’re back your holidays and you’ve returned to the misery that is the Great British (comedy) summer, you might be feeling a little bit miserable. Not to mention a bit bloated and somewhat flabbier than when you left. What can you do about it to feel better, and fast?

Here’s 3 things you can start doing right now to help get rid of the bloating quickly…

1. Drink lots of water. And only water.

Sounds simple, I know – but you’re most likely dehydrated which is contributing to the bloating. Being dehydrated will also make you feel tired and sluggish all the time – so simply by drinking more water, you’ll almost instantly feel better. Aim for 2-3 litres of plain water every day. Cut out the alcohol, tea and coffee (or stick to 1 or 2 caffeinated drinks per day if you absolutely MUST have time) and re-hydrate. This in itself will decrease your bloating pronto.

 

2. Get your activity levels up and get outside

Look, I know the weather’s shite. Trust me, I’ve not BEEN on holiday this summer, I have been staring out at the rain and wind since I got back to Scotland in March. However, if there is one way to lose your holiday pounds fast, it’s by getting outside and walking. Increasing your activity levels and getting fresh air and sunlight (*cough, maybe*) will start to burn the calories required to start losing the holiday weight. Not only that, but the increased activity will also help you feel more motivated, less sluggish and there is more chance that you’ll be able to stick to a healthy eating plan if you are being active too. Aim for a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. This should be a pretty easy target for most.

 

3. Cut out processed junk food

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? You’ve probably been over indulging on processed foods whilst on holiday (not to mention the alcohol) – things like bread, pastries, chocolate, cakes, ice cream and desserts, all hyper palatable and calorific. It’s time to get rid of them and replace them with nutrient dense, whole foods. This will help decrease your bloating (along with your water), and nourish your body so that you can feel good again. Choose whole, single ingredient foods and make sure you get a minimum of 8 portions of fruit and veg (2 from fruit) in per day. Vary your diet as much as possible to  include a wide range of different colours and varieties of vegetables and also make sure you include a portion of lean protein at every meal.

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About the Author

“All in or all out”

Rachael is a vibrant, no-bullshit-talking Scottish nutrition geek and coach helping women to lose weight without giving up their confidence OR their favourite foods.

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