Ever feel that you put so much effort every day into your workouts and you still feel bloated after it all? Fitness coach Alessandro Passalalpi and owner of Fitathelte, gives us these 5 great reasons why you may still be feeling this way.
1) Cortisol And Stress Hormones Play A Role Your body is under stress during workouts, which can spike cortisol and overall stress levels. This can lead to water retention particularly if the workouts are a little more intense.
Not to worry, once you adapt to the pace and stress, the levels will stabilize.
2) The Wrong Pre And Post-Workout Choices High sodium, sugary or manipulating fat and carbs together can put you in the wrong place at the start of a workout.
The same goes for poor post-workout choices, like opting for pre-made muscle-milk type protein shakes, which are loaded with sweeteners and preservatives.
3) Not Fueling Enough Fuel In The Tank Dehydration is usually the fundamental cause of bloating. Think of it as a car needing gas to function properly and effectively.
The same goes for not eating enough, which in turn, can lessen your metabolic rate and output of food.
4) Hot Workout Conditions Too much sweat can have an adverse effect, the release of sodium can lead to bloating, with your body temperature climbing too high.
In addition, be sure not to exaggerate with layers of clothes when working out.
5) Artificial Sweeteners BCAA and pre-workout beverages provide a kick, but they also contain artificial sweeteners which tend to stick on you during a workout.
Assess how you feel when taking these beverages and make the cut if necessary.