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The thing I hear most people complain about the most (when it comes to fitness) is their belly bulge. While most people think ab exercises are the answer (they are helpful), the “real” solution is pin pointing what’s causing you to retain weight in your mid section. For some people, it’s eating in excess, for others, it’s just DNA, but for most people, it has A LOT to do with bloating.

Fitness Magazine has 15 ways to help beat belly bloat, a few of my favorites are:

Chew Slowly – When you’re eating that is. When you take big bites of food and don’t chew properly you end up swallowing huge amounts of air, which leads to bloating. Instead, take 15-20 minutes to eat each meal, take your time to chew and swallow, also dry to avoid sipping from a straw as this may lead to bloating as well.

Drink Water – Drink water with every meal to help you feel fuller quicker.

Take a Walk – If you’re feeling a little tight around the waist after a big meal, lace up and go for a 10 minute walk. Not only will you burn some extra calories, you’ll also help air bubbles pass through your digestive track quicker.

Take a Probiotic – Sometimes bloating is a result of an imbalance in your intestines, probiotics can help restore the bacterial balance. When choosing a probiotic brand, be sure to do your research and read customer reviews.

Read more tips at Fitness Magazine

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