Dinner date: Refrain from ordering a salad to make it look like you’re being healthy. All the veggies in the salad will actually cause your stomach to bloat more. Instead, order a fish dish with one side of grilled vegetables. “Wild Salmon is jam-packed with heart healthy vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids,” says Cohen. “If salmon is not an option, mackerel, sea bass, and lemon sole are all good options as well.” When choosing your side, you may want to steer clear of bloat-boosting cruciferous veggies (such as cauliflower, broccoli) in favor of grilled zucchini, asparagus, or carrots, which will keep your tummy tamed, says Cohen. Next time, try one of these 14 Date Ideas that Make You Move.
Luncheon: Avoid the temptation to skip lunch (in hopes of losing weight) and just grab an energy drink. Eating a well-balanced lunch is essential for boosting energy and productivity—it helps you power through that mid-day slump and keeps your metabolism active. Plus, the carbonation from an energy drink will make you more bloated then a light lunch would. “For a mid-day luncheon, your best bet is a salad chock-full of fresh veggies and greens and topped with a piece of grilled fish, low-fat tuna salad, or fresh turkey breast slices,” says Cohen. “Throw a few walnuts or almonds on top and dress with a low-fat/low-sugar dressing to finish off your delicious salad creation.
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