Every inch matters when it comes to belly size and there’s are simple habits that you can break to reduce the size of your belly in an instant.

It may be due to an excess air trapped in your digestive tract. It may be from too much drink. It may be from that favorite beef steak your grandma keeps on making. Whatever the cause is reducing that size of your belly, or at least removing that feeling of being bloated can give a lot of advantages.

Bloated Belly

Eating too fast

We all have places to go and things to do, so we sometimes do regular activities at double time. However there are things that you should always do in moderation like eating.

Eating too fast allows you to swallow gas-producing air which increases the size of your belly. This is no myth. Trapped air makes you feel bloated. It also makes you digest your food slowly. New York City nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg, RD, of Middleberg Nutrition explains the reason behind this: When you eat in a rush, you don’t chew thoroughly, and that leads to larger food pieces sitting in your gut, waiting to be fully digested. It also makes you lose track of how much you’ve eaten and in the long run you have ingested more than you should.
The solution? Eat slowly and take your time.

Soda addiction

It is sweet, refreshing and my goodness, it completes your life. But those tiny bubbles that give bubbly sensation can cause your stomach to swell according to Middleberg. And if you think diet soda can have a different effect because it has artificial sweeteners, you’re wrong. Diet sodas are even worse. Artificial sweeteners can’t be digested so they make your stomach swell, big time.

The solution? Cut down on soda intake if you can’t stop it. Or mix ice cubes with it and wait for a few minutes before you drink it.

You love packaged foods

Sodium when taken excessively is bad for your health and your belly. Packaged foods contain a lot of it. It’s one of the main ingredients of preservatives and processed convenience foods. This also includes your favorite chips. Foods disguised as healthy options like cereals, soups and salad dressings can also contain large quantities of sodium.

Janet Brill, PhD, RD, a Philadelphia-area nutritionist and author of Blood Pressure Down wants to you to know that “it’s a good bet that pretty much any product that comes wrapped in a package contains more sodium than you’d think, and you’re unlikely to even taste the salt.”

The solution? Cut back on processed stuff and go natural. Fresh fruits, grains, and veggies are naturally low-sodium or sodium-free.

Eating close to bedtime

When do you eat your dinner? If you’re a like a lot of people you take it within an hour or two of hitting the sack. If you do this then you are ensuring that you will wake up bigger in the belly area. Lying down impairs suggestion, so unless so sleep standing you should stop hitting the sack after you eat.

Alissa Rumsey, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics said that lying down hinders your body’s ability to break down food fast. It makes sense since sleeping takes lesser energy than activities you do when you are awake.

The solution? Eat at least three to four hours before you sleep, or only a piece of fruit or yogurt if you have no choice but to sleep right after that “dinner.” Just eat a bigger meal in the morning.

It’s just a small food allergy is part of your excuse

Food allergies cannot be taken lightly. And if you think you’re immune to it then you should rethink. Some allergies and sensitivities are related to belly expansion. People who have wheat allergy usually cannot digest gluten and will often experience digestive issues, including bloating and belly expansion. The same thing happens to lactose intolerant people. These can also result to discomfort.

The solution? Go to your doctor and ask for a test on food allergies and sensitivities. Once you learn your allergy avoid them at all cost.