Today's Diet = Tomorrow's Tummy

December 18th, 2009

I recently dug this amazing dress out of my closet’s I’ll-wear-this-again-some-day section. The last time it had seen the light of day (or darkness of night…it was a cocktail dress, after all) was three years ago. That would put it into the frightening relic category of “pre-child wardrobe.” I cautiously slipped it over my head. I shimmied it down. I eagerly zipped it up. Success! I had found my Hot Mom dress for a swanky club opening the following week.

The day before the event, I modeled the dress for my daughter (she comments on my outfits. I’ve actually changed clothes because my little fashionista said I looked like Grandma–it’s nothing personal, mom). I ran through the steps—dress over head, dress on body, zipper zip…Wait a minute. Why do I look three months pregnant? Just a few days ago, I rocked this frock. Now I had a pooch. And less than 24 hours to get rid of it or succumb to the safe, go-to LBD waiting in the wings.

I did a mental status update. This couldn’t be a physique issue. I mean, I work out (Wii, gym, Home Arc Trainer).  I watch what I eat. Sort of. This was a temporary problem. Right?…RIGHT?

If a bulging belly is from too few gym trips or too many cupcakes at the last toddler birthday bash, you can’t flatten your stomach overnight. If I knew how to do that…well…I wouldn’t be sitting on this couch with last year’s MacBook. I would be lounging pool-side, tapping on next year’s Mac invention that Steve Jobs personally asked me to try, while Rachel Zoe planned my outfits for the week and a secretary fielded celeb lunch invites.

I do, however, know how to blast temporary bloat. Something on our minds (and bodies), as the calendar becomes flush with holiday parties galore.

So I jumped to action. OK, I didn’t jump. I skulked. I was sad. I didn’t feel like jumping. Here was my plan:

  • Pass on the saltshaker and forgo salty foods (even sneaky ones, like canned veggie soup, cottage cheese, Chinese food). Water loves sodium. The result? Water retention. And a puffier you. To get rid of water, drink tons of it—a surefire way to also flush out excess salt.
  • Although uber-healthy, certain foods like broccoli, onions and brussel sprouts create excess gas. If you want a flat belly for a big event, skip ‘em the day of.
  • Nervous energy is best spent at the gym, not flapping your gums on chewing gum. Gum makes you swallow air, which gets trapped in your belly, causing a puffy stomach.
  • Put down the Perrier. Step away from the soda. Fizz in the glass mean air in the belly. Reach for uncarbonated drinks, like peppermint tea (a known gas blaster).
  • Snack attack? Don’t grab crunchy baby carrots, even though they’re perfect for long-term healthy eating. Raw veggies stay in the stomach longer, making you look and feel bloated. Instead lightly steam veggies.

A local spa trip for a tummy wrap is another indulgence to lose a few inches. They waste away quickly but reappear just as quickly, so don’t count on this for anything other than 24-hour slimming.

In the end, I fit into that dress. I banished the bloat and looked great for the event. At least that’s what my little fashionista told me. She asked her Pink Puppy and he agreed.

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13 Responses to “Today's Diet = Tomorrow's Tummy”

  1. Great job on gettign back into your sexy Momma dress!

  2. I’m going to be in LA in a few weeks and I have a dress I MUST get into! This is a great post!

  3. This is one of the best featured posts the Wii Mommies have read! Thanks for allowing us to feature you!

  4. kerry says:

    good article, great tips!

  5. Asilia says:

    Wow – This is a great article. I can totally relate! This has happened to me a couple of times. Thanks sp much for the tips…I didn’t realize that there were other things I could do besides being uncomfortable all night in a spanx type of girdle.

  6. Cheryl says:

    anytime! it was great fun to help out such a wonderful group of women!

  7. Cheryl says:

    you can do it!

  8. Peggy says:

    Wow! Great advice! Interesting about the gum, who would have thought?? Can’t wait to use some of these tips as I try and get rid of baby #2 weight

  9. Medifills says:

    Very good information on dieting and health. I needed to know this.

  10. Just wanted to give you a shout from the valley of the sun, great information. Much appreciated.

  11. Get Shredded says:

    Man, i hope my blog is this good some day! :) haha! I have been trying to build a following by raising the awareness of using resveratrol to lose weight.

  12. Collette Apt says:

    Great article, thank you. I am very interested in finding a diet that lowers my sugar intake. I currently have a sweet-tooth, and am finding it difficult to find meal plans, what to eat for snacks, etc. While diabetes is not something that runs in my family, I am still concerned and would like to be smart and take a proactive approach to my health.

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