There’s nothing nice about poop, it’s gross, toxic, and stealing just one glance at them is enough to cause involuntary spasms! So it becomes a particularly concerning issue when you realize that poop simply isn’t leaving your body. You heard that right; poo can get stuck in the ‘pipeline’ and accumulate over time which leads to obesity. Chances are that your swollen belly is a result of poop buildup which presses against your waistline, giving you the illusion of being fat.
This isn’t just fear-mongering; these statements are backed up by real science and common sense. According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, constipation, a symptom of poor diet, is linked to unwanted weight gain. If the poop doesn’t have anywhere to go, it simply stays in your body, incrementally adding to its weight.
Unfortunately, the problem doesn’t end there. The longer stool stays, the more it tends to stick around in your intestines and harden up into a lump of mass that causes a blockage. This restricts your colon’s movement since it can no longer push the stool out the ‘old fashioned’ way. Over time, chronic constipation and movement problems result in a dangerous condition called ‘megacolon’.
As the name suggests, the colon becomes excessively large and even extend all the way up into the rib cage. In some cases, it can even cause a rupture in your intestines, requiring immediate medical attention!
The Solution: Proper Dieting, Hydration, and Physical Activity
According to acclaimed nutritionist Cynthia Sass, all you need is to follow a homemade diet program called the “Flat Belly Diet”. The diet program is based on water consumption and hydration to stimulate weight loss and maintain electrolyte balance. This last bit is important because even if you drink 8 glasses of water a day, you could still have disproportionate levels of electrolytes in your body.
Here is a complete how-to guide to prepare the recipe at home:
- 2 liters of water
- 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
- 1 medium-sized cucumber
- 10 mint leaves (small)
- 1 medium-sized lemon
Chop up the lemon into thinly sliced rounds. Peel the cucumber’s first layer of skin off and slice it into small pieces. If you have larger mint leaves, cut them down to size. You only need 10 to 12 mint leaves.
Toss all ingredients into a large pitcher. Let the mixture sit overnight in the refrigerator.
Drink the solution at least 4 to 5 times throughout the day. Try drinking the solution in the morning before breakfast for faster and better results. If done right, you should be able to lose as much as 1 pound within the first two hours.
According to nutritionists, regular consumption of this solution should be complemented with fairly moderate physical activity. This is a surefire way of melting that belly fat and alleviating a swollen belly.
According to heart.org, you should squeeze in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise in your routine. Examples of moderate activity include dancing, gardening, brisk walking, cycling, and even biking (at slow speeds).
Get started today by simply moving more, gradually adding more physical activity as you go along.
Disclaimer: The diet is not recommended for nursing mothers, pregnant women, people with abdominal problems, or if you have allergies to the above-mentioned ingredients. This article does not constitute medical advice, please get in touch with your doctor.