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Do you feel like you are constantly bloated?

Do you want to eliminate stomach bloating and look more ripped?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then keep on reading.

Stomach bloating can really mess up your appearance. After all, you spent so much time cutting that stubborn stomach fat only to still have a protruding stomach.

If you do the right things, you can actually reduce the amount of water you are holding on to which means you will end up looking leaner and more shredded.

See below for the 6 most effective ways eliminate stomach bloating

 

LIMIT CORTISOL LEVELS

Cortisol is a hormone that can have a number of negative effects on the body.

One of these is higher water retention, so it’s in your best interest to make sure your cortisol levels are low. If you are eating a huge calorie deficit for extended periods of time you will likely have higher cortisol levels.

Similarly, if you are doing tons of cardio (think marathon running sessions) you will also have higher cortisol levels.

Instead focus on HIIT training which is effective for burning fat without boosting cortisol.

 

CHECK YOUR FIBER INTAKE

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Aim for 20-50 grams per day of fiber. If you consume less than that it can cause your body to retain more water weight.

However, if you consume above that range you will also retain more water.

The best way to make sure you are in the right range is to write down what you eat in a journal and calculate the fiber intake. You might be surprised at just how much (or little) you are consuming.

 

REDUCE SODIUM INTAKE

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Sodium is an absolute killer when it comes to water retention. Many bodybuilders will adjust their sodium intake days before going on stage in order to give their body a dry, lean look.

Having said that, sodium doesn’t just impact bodybuilders – it’s one of the biggest factors when it comes to how much water your body holds on to. If you consume a lot of sodium you can actually put on several pounds in a short period of time – that’s because your body will retain more water.

However, if you cut your sodium intake you will experience the opposite effect – your body will flush out the excess water and leave you with a lean, ripped look.

You can do this by avoiding foods that contain a lot of sodium – generally that means processed foods.

Second, you can avoid using salt in cooking and seasoning – there tends to be a lot of it in spices. Finally, drinking lots of water is an effective way to flush out the sodium in your system. Aim for a gallon of water per day.

H/T BroScience