The holidays are a magical time of year. Your heart is filled with joy, your home is filled with warmth, and your jeans fit a little more snugly (thanks to the large meals and abundance of cookies around every corner). Then, you end the holiday season with a big party and in a little cocktail dress. While the timing seems unfortunate, you can still slip into your frock with relative ease if you make some smart swaps in the next few days.
Keep reading to find out how to ring in 2015 without having to suck in your stomach!
The simplest way to clear out your system is to drink water. It flushes out toxins and rids your body of extra salt. Plus, when you don’t drink enough water, your body is forced to hang on to the water it currently holds, which leaves you feeling puffy. Aim for 100 ounces a day to stay hydrated and keep your body functions (including your metabolism) performing at their best.
Slow down at mealtime to minimize bloating. Not only will rushed eating cause you to overeat, but when you chew too quickly, air can get trapped in your system. By the same logic, bubbly water and other fizzy drinks should be off-limits too. This also happens when you chew gum. And most gums contain sugar alcohol, which can make you feel bloated.
When you’ve got a killer dress to fit into, watching portion size is key. Eat smaller meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism up and your digestive system on track. Just make sure your meals are low-carb and starch-free because starchy carbohydrates cause you to retain water. Instead, center your meals around lean protein and vegetables, especially green and water-soluble veggies (like tomato and zucchini). Asparagus is a slim-body superstar. It’s a natural diuretic that flushes waste from your system.
Not all veggies are fair game when you’re trying to look your slimmest in a short period of time. Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage contain a lot of fiber, which takes a long time to digest and can cause stomach distention. All raw vegetables contain a good amount of fiber, so eat your veggies cooked instead of raw, until New Year’s Eve. And try popping a digestive enzyme with each meal to help your body digest the food and prevent buildup in your system.
As you very well know, sodium causes water retention. Skip salty and processed foods—which tend to be higher in sodium than foods prepared at home—until the big night, and snack on fruits with high water content. Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, oranges, and grapefruit are all wise choices. Papaya contains digestive enzymes, making it another good option. Real yogurt, not the sugary, fruit-flavored variety, is also a worthy snack thanks to its bloat-busting probiotics.
Drink tea. You’ll get your water intake up, and if you make it peppermint, ginger, or cinnamon tea, you’ll also clear out your system. Dandelion root tea boasts the same benefits, plus it’s a natural diuretic. Whichever tea you choose, drink it with lemon for added detoxifying power.
A good sweat session will do your body good. Yoga happens to be an incredibly detoxifying workout. Yoga twists support digestion and help to rid your body of toxins. Or try one of these workouts you can do without leaving your house. Remember, some activity is always better than none. And when all else fails, there’s always Spanx.
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