Avoid this one thing to keep your waistline in check, doctors say

Avoid this one thing to keep your waistline in check, doctors say

A trim waistline after a year like 2020 is unfathomable, but could be a great goal to work towards in 2021.

Or even keeping it in check would be a win, wouldn’t it?

Luckily you don’t need 100 sit-ups before bed every night to manage your waistline. In fact, if you’re only focusing on ab exercises to get a trim waist without trying to eat healthily, you’ll never get the flat belly you want.

Dr. Tonya Sweezer, an integrative family physician, notes that while working out your core is good for toning and ab definition, if you’re not focusing on the nutrition aspect as well, you’ll never get a trim waist.

“Strong core is key for toning, but abs are made in the kitchen,” says Dr. Sweezer.

So how exactly does one go about getting a trim waist by eating healthy?

Eating better for a trimmer waistline

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First, Dr. Sweezer says to avoid eating late entirely.

“Generally we should refrain from eating 3 to 4 hours prior to bedtime unless there is a medical reason this isn’t possible,” says Dr. Sweezer. One study by BMC Public Health does show an association between eating habits at night time and increased metabolic syndrome and obesity.

Next, proper hydration, and therefore drinking plenty of water, is important.

“[By] not drinking enough water, this can cause water retention and belly bloat,” says Dr. Sweezer.

Water helps with belly bloat, warding off disease, and even giving you energy throughout the day. That’s why it’s important to calculate the amount of water you should be drinking at home.

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Eating high-quality foods is also crucial, or it will cause digestive issues such as constipation and IBS.

“Avoid known ‘problem foods’ (those that are not tolerated well) and make sure to have enough high-quality fiber to ensure bowel regularity,” says Dr. Sweezer.

Overeating can also cause a series of digestive issues. According to Dr. Sweezer, overeating “overloads the digestive system and makes it difficult to process foods, leading to belly bloat.”

All-in-all, if you generally have a poor diet, no amount of ab exercises can reverse what you ate.

“A diet high in sugary snacks and unhealthy food has the biggest impact on the waistline,” says Dr. Sweezer. “Focus on healthy foods to take [control of] the waistline.”

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