Christmas. The month of chocolate popping, Prosecco chugging and mince pie munching. The trade off? Bloating.When you consider that on average we’re likely to plough through 6,000 calories on Christmas Day, it’s hardly surprising that, come Boxing Day, many of us will be left feeling more stuffed than Santa’s sack. In fact, 60% of women say they go up a whole dress size when they’re bloated.What’s more, according to survey by Bimuno, 1 in 10 (16%) of 16-24 year olds confess to leaving a festive gathering due to digestive discomfort and wind!The problem is so bad for some, 1 in 10 (12%) of respondents admitted to avoiding certain festive classics like Christmas pudding, mulled wine, and even mince pies.While the once-a-year indulgence is oh so worth it, you needn’t struggle through the festive period with the top button constantly undone on your jeans or hiding your bloated tum under your Christmas jumper.Try these simple hacks to give bloating the heave ho ho ho this festive season…Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK.Read more from Yahoo Style UK: 14 unexpected health benefits of mulled wineThe Christmas foods you’re cooking all wrongTurkey and other Christmas dinner additions you can prep ahead of the big day
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“Instead of three large meals per day, which can be hard on your digestive system, smaller portions more often could be the way forward. The temptation to gobble your food may be overwhelming, but it’s much better for your gut to take things slow. “Eating quickly and not chewing your food properly can cause a build up of air that leads to too much gas in the intestine,” explains Lisa Roukin.
Don’t believe everything you see on social media. The fitness blogger has shared a photo of her bloated tummy in order to let others know that everyone can have a bad body day. Posting side-by-side pictures of her stomach taken just 12 hours apart, one before bed, and one after she’d just woken up, Tiffany’s stomach in the pre-bed picture is really bloated, while in the first thing snapshot it’s completely flat.
Whatever it is that’s bugging you about your midriff, we’ve spoken to the experts for their foolproof tips to a flatter stomach. This may not be as easy as it sounds, but research by scientists at the University of California indicated that there could be a link between the stress hormone cortisol and belly fat. According to researchers at the University of Miami, regular massages were shown to reduce cortisol levels by as much as one third.