Ban simple carbs and befriend bitter greens
Cutting out all white grain products — such as white rice, spaghetti, sandwich rolls — will instantly slim you down because the simple carbs in these foods cause bloating, especially around your belly. In addition, simple carbohydrates wreak havoc on your weight because they’re digested very quickly, leaving you hungry and more likely to overeat later.
To go a step further, instead of replacing them with healthier yet still bloat-triggering whole-grain bread products, substitute vegetables for the week. This way, a chicken sandwich becomes chicken salad, and chips and dip turn into carrots and dip. The complex carbs from vegetables are digested more slowly, so you remain full longer. And because veggies are mostly water, they also help flush out excess water weight.
Bitter greens like kale, arugula, mustard greens, collards and escarole are summer diet staples that aid in digestion and de-bloating. Recent research has also found that bitter foods are also known to stimulate and support better digestion. These dark greens are low calorie (about 36 calories in a cup for greens), and are packed with vitamins and fiber that your body needs to stay lean. Most bitter greens are also great anti-inflammatories, which can help fight bloating and get you down to your fighting weight.
It’s very important to stay adequately hydrated – especially when you’re trying to lose weight quickly. Water has zero calories and carbs and little to no sodium, making it the perfect slim-down drink. As a matter of fact, water actually helps flush out excess water weight as well as jump-starts your metabolism. If it’s just too boring, add lemon wedges or mint leaves. It’s been suggested to drink one to two glasses of water before a meal to help cut down on your portions or if you’re feeling hungry.