Belly bloat is a common problem among women because of how they start off their days, according to Dr. Oz. That morning sugary cereal or doughnut can bloat your belly during the early part of the day. The result: An uncomfortably tight waistline by noon as well as weight gain over time.
Dr. Oz's guest expert on this topic, Dr. Robynne Chutkan, is the author of "Gutbliss: A 10-Day Plan to Ban Bloat, Flush Toxins, and Dump Your Digestive Baggage" (click for details). She suggests being proactive about that bloat with the recipe for an anti-bloat weight loss beverage (see the end of the article.)
In addition, include more fiber in your diet throughout the day while cutting down on the dairy. Try substituting beverages such as almond milk and coconut milk to see if your bloat diminishes without milk products.
And on those days when you still have bloat, Dr. Chutkan suggests fennel seeds. Chew a few whole seeds prior to a meal and after a meal to reduce bloating. Make sure to get a brand that is plain, not sugar coated, such as Frontier Fennel.
Can spices actually help you lose weight? Yes, says Dr. Oz. They can dramatically cut your cravings for fattening foods, satisfying everything from a longing for salt to a yen for sugar. Here are his weight loss spices:
- Use turmeric to cut salt cravings. Try it on veggies.
- Use cardamon to cut sugar cravings. Try cardamon tea, such as Numi Organic Cardamom Pu'erh Tea.
- Use cloves to reduce carb cravings. Try it on applesauce.
Anti-Bloating Recipe Ingredients
- 1 cup Coconut Water
- ½ cup Pineapple
- ½ cup Papaya
- 1 tablespoon Acacia Fiber Powder
- 1 tablespoon Psyllium Husks
- 1 handful of Spinach
- 4-6 ice cubes
Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Drink in the morning to get 10 grams of belly-flattening fiber.