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Getting Thick…And Bloated

Thick_ Getting Thick And Bloated

If “Getting Fine” refers to exercise, “Getting Thick” refers to the food. The glorious food!!!

Wait….how is “Getting Thick” about food? Isn’t that counterintuitive? 

Probably but I DO WHAT I WANT! Also, I like to think of it in the context of a woman being “cornbread-fed.” It usually implies that the woman is thick. And it is 100% possible to be thick dennamug WITHOUT being “cornbread-fed” especially if you’re an hourglass or pear.

What body type are you?

I’m an hourglass! I have wide hips and shoulders, a smaller waist, and a nice amount of boobage (*shimmies*). I’m built for this! However, fellow hourglasses (and pears), that does not give us an excuse to be unhealthy.

Far too many women rest on their body type as a explanation for why they don’t need/want to lose weight. “I have big breasts, a big butt, wide hips, and a waistline. I’M FINE!” On the other hand there’s also, “If I lose weight, I’ll lose my curves!” While there is some truth in that, it doesn’t make sense. If you’re truly an hourglass or pear, that’s kind of impossible. Though I did “lose” my butt when I lost weight at 20 because I didn’t start working out and strength training early on. This time I did and I’m still thick dennamug! PRAISE GOD!!! Yes, strength training has a lot to do with it, but so does what I eat.

In past posts, I’ve talked about how I learned my body isn’t responding well to meat anymore which led me to eating a more vegetarian diet. Eating mostly vegetarian has helped with the bloating I get from meat and allowed me to try new things. Last year, in addition to finally trying tofu, I had the chance to try seitan. Once from a local BBQ restaurant and several times from a local taco spot! I enjoyed it every single time.

Seitan is basically wheat gluten or the meaty part of the wheat plant. Last week, I substituted seitan for steak in this PepperSteak recipe. The recipe itself is delicious. I always add green beans.

Seitan….although the package didn’t say it, the ingredients described it. Hmmmm…..

With that said, I WAS SO BLOATED. JESUS HELP AND BRING GOD! I WAS MORE BLOATED THAN THE ENTIRE MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE! THE. ENTIRE. PARADE. I just knew I was going explode into a million pieces! Needless to say, no more seitan for now. -_-

I shared all that to say that one of the easiest ways to look thick(er) regardless of your body type is to have a slim waist. My stomach is probably my main problem area. And aside from it being extremely uncomfortable being bloated takes away from your thick-fineness!

I remembered reading articles about eating for flat abs. No food alone can’t give you flat abs but a variety of food items can work together to help you obtain a flat stomach (in addition to cardio and strength training). And once you figure out which ones (or combo of) work best for you, you can integrate other similar food items! See why trying something new is a good idea?

So what types of foods help lead the way to a flat tummy? Foods rich in fiber, protein, calcium, water content, and healthy fats.

  • Fiber takes a longtime to digest which helps keep you satiated. It also helps to carry waste out the body: whole soy protein, apples, berries, leafy greens, whole grains, sweet potatoes, beans.
  • Protein helps keep you satiated and fuels your body to metabolize fat. It also helps build muscles: lean meats and fish, whole soy protein, eggs, nuts, nut butters, low-fat dairy.
  • Calcium also fuels your body to metabolize fat: low-fat dairy, leafy greens.
  • Water flushes your body of unneeded waste. Foods with high water contents work the same way, even better if it contains fiber or enzymes that promote digestion: apples, cucumbers, celery, low sodium broth-based soups.
  • Healthy fats such as omega-3 fatty acid fuel your body to metabolize fat as well: eggs, nuts, nut butter, avocado, olive oil, seafood.
  • Others – Probiotic bacteria, found in yogurt, keeps the digestive system healthy by preventing gas, bloating, and constipation. Green tea helps boost your metabolism. While peppermint and ginger tea can help reduce gas. Capsaicin, found in peppers, boosts metabolism and staves off cravings.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. If you’d like more information of eating for flat abs, check out the links below 🙂

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/weight-loss/plans/diets/best-foods-for-flat-abs/

http://www.marieclaire.com/health-fitness/advice/water-rich-foods-to-beat-bloat

http://www.livestrong.com/article/263322-diet-for-a-flat-tummy/

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