Your diet is fairly clean, you exercise consistently...yet, you still feel like your stomach is sticking out all the time. I don't want to jump to conclusion, because truth be told there are several reasons why someone may be experiencing a constant bloated feeling...but in my experience there are a few things you might be able to try to instantly reduce your bloated tummy.
That bloated feeling could be something simple or it could be more complicated. Bloated-ness, like I said, can happen for many reasons...some of the more serious reasons could be hormonal imbalances or food allergies. I would highly recommend getting these two things tested first to make sure they are within normal ranges or that you are clear of allergies. If you tested "normal" for both of these, here are a few secrets that may help you feel and look a little leaner in the belly.
(Again, these are not completely scientifically proven...but they are backed by some studies and from my experience have helped me look and feel better)
1. EAT Sauerkraut.
Sauerkraut is one of, if not THE, best probiotic you can consume. Bad gut bacteria is a major cause of stomach bloating. Sauerkraut neutralizes these bad bacteria and allows for better digestion. Better digestion allows for your body to absorb more nutrients, resulting in less build-up in your belly and a leaner, better feeling stomach. Make sure you choose a Sauerkraut that has live cultures and is refrigerated...eating warm, canned Sauerkraut will not give you the same benefits. EAT WITH SAUSAGE OR CARNE ASADA, PREFERABLY AT DINNER TIME OR AS YOUR LAST MEAL BEFORE BED.
2. Chose your Oils carefully.
Oils are a major contributor to gut inflammation. Some of the worst being oils derived from vegetables. Always be aware of the type of oil you are consuming or cooking with. Cooking with certain oils also can have a negative effect, as the heat changes the structure of the oil...causing it to become more harmful to your gut. Your safest oils to consume at room temperature are OLIVE OIL and AVOCADO OIL. Your safest oils to cook with are PALM OIL or COCONUT OIL. Don't worry about the high fat content (unless you are smothering your pan or food with it). Your belly will begin to thank you for making this simple change!
3. DRINK more Water
I know I know, you hear this all the time...this is no secret! What most people hear, and what most people do, are two completely different things...Do this: divide your body weight by 10...and try drinking 1 cup of water (8oz) x that number. Me: 200lb / 10 = 20...20 x 8oz = 160oz/day. (that's 1.25 gallons per day for me) Flushing your body with water is a great way to eliminate waste that may be contributing to your belly bulge.
4. DRINK lemon water first thing in the morning.
Before you do anything in the morning, wake up and chug a cold glass of lemon water. Lemons are a natural body cleanser and have been proven to clear the digestive tract.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar before bed.
Vinegar is also a great natural cleanser. Again, it's obvious your guy needs cleaning, do it a favor. One shot in your favorite shot glass before bed is all you need.
There you have it, my personal secrets to improving digestion and gut inflammation. Of course, this goes with saying...I'm assuming you have tried to eliminate obvious junk foods from your diet and exercise regularly before implementing these tips into your daily routine.