Need to lose 10 pounds in two days? While unfortunately that’s not possible, our simple de-bloating plan can make it look like you did just that!
Buy Some Ginger
Before you can throw yourself in this debloating plan, you’ll need to stock up on supplies. The first must-have? Fresh ginger, a root that’s been shown to help deflate the stomach from gas-producing foods. Throughout the plan, you’ll be asked to grate it up and use it to make a detox tea—but more on that later!
And Some Bananas, Too!
Bananas are packed with potassium, a nutrient that helps regulate fluid balance to flatten belly bloat. You’ll be eating these a few times over the next two days so pick up two or three of them. You’ll also need honeydew and pineapple.
Take a Bath With Epsom Salt
Relaxing in any tub is always nice, but adding two cups of Epsom salt may actually help deflate your belly by pulling excess water out of your body. To avoid beach day dehydration, only do this ritual once before heading toward the sand.
Trade in Your Gum
Not only does chewing gum cause you to swallow tummy-bloating air, many gums also contain sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners like sorbitol and xylitol that can cause bloat. If you have to have something to chomp on, go for an organic variety like Glee gum or Simply gum instead. They’re still low-cal, but they don’t use those sweeteners that’ll make you puff up.
Make a Pitcher of Detox Water—and Start Sipping
It may seem counterintuitive, but chugging water will help rid your body of that pesky water weight. Since chugging plain H2O can be less than stimulating, we like to make detox water using fruits have de-puffing properties in their flesh and peels. (Lemons, kiwi, and honeydew all have diuretic effects.) Slice them whole into your water to reap the benefits and hit your water intake quota with an infusion of flavor!
Say No to Greasy, Boozy Brunch
Foods that are high in grease or are really fatty, like a McDonald’s breakfast, can cause gastrointestinal upset and bloat. And since booze is dehydrating, it can cause your belly to get puffy. Steer clear of the indulgent brunch options and make something wholesome at home instead.