Bloating is that awful puffy, poochy feeling you can get when you eat too fast, eat too much or if you eat foods high in fiber that can cause gas to build up in your digestive tract. Usually bloating isn't serious, but it can make you uncomfortable and unhappy when you can't zip up your new skinny jeans.
Foods that cause gas can cause bloating. They aren't necessarily bad for you -- in fact many of them are healthy high-fiber foods that belong in a healthy diet (increase them gradually — over a few weeks — to avoid bloating).
So, if you need to fit into that slinky dress or teeny bikini tomorrow, avoid these foods tonight:
Legumes — dry beans and lentils
Cruciferous vegetables — broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage
Carbonated beverages — soda, soft drinks and beer
Greasy foods — cheeseburgers and fries or deep-fried anything
Alcohol sugars — diet candies and snacks sweetened with sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol
Dairy products — if you’re lactose intolerant