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Gros ventre ?

Many women feel they have a big belly without really knowing whether it's a "real" or "fake" problem.

The distinction is important because a real big belly is a feature of the metabolic syndrome associated with two other factors, including: 

  • High blood sugar 
  • An excess of triglycerides 
  • Excess LDL cholesterol 
  • High stress
With this in mind, if you have 2 of these factors associated with a waist circumference greater than 88 cm size for women and 102 cm for men, you are prone to metabolic syndrome and you double your risk - already present - of occurrence cardio vascular disease. If you already have some of these factors, a ride from your general practitioner is required to perform a blood test and adopt lifestyle changes (diet and exercise). 

But it may be that you do not have a single factor or only one or two and your waist is well below 88 or 102 cm depending on your gender. 

Your belly's appearance in the mirror may displease you, but this may be due to several factors: 

  • Water retention 
  • Bloating 
  • Constipation 

Once the cause is identified, a nutrition strategy can be implemented in conjunction with physical activity and you will find very quickly that your bely will "deflate". 

Against constipation, the best solution is to increase fiber intake, especially frim oat bran with 1 additional tablespoon of rhubarb without sugar. Throw in some abdominal exercises, 20-30 minutes of brisk walking, and especially at least 2 L of fresh water! Everything will be back to normal within 1 or 2 days. 

For bloating, avoid food too high in sweeteners, carbonated beverages, and raw vegetables. 

To fight against water retention, the best strategy is a day of pure protein! The results are immediate if you try to drink 2L of water or a draining cure of cold tea in addition to removing any unnecessary salt from your diet (also opt for meat or fresh fish and not salted or smoked meats). 

Whatever the problem, follow these tips from Dukan and you will be able to know if your "big belly" can be cured in a matter of days!

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