Although (unfortunately) you can't “spot reduce” (choose where you lose body fat from), there are a few things which may help you decrease the size of your stomach.
- exercise - when you're stressed, you increase production of the hormone cortisol which mobilises fat and can increase the distribution of fat to your stomach. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and decrease fat deposits to the stomach.
- check for bloating - bloating can make your stomach seem larger than it is, so it may be worth seeing a local dietitian to see if you have any food intolerances
- minimise saturated fat - there are some suggestions that saturated fat may be more likely to be deposited around the waist
- decrease your body fat - obviously if you lose fat from all over your body, some will also come off your stomach, so if your body fat is too high, it may be worth decreasing your kilojoule intake to decrease your total body fat.
Most of these strategies are more long term strategies though, so it may be worth having an appointment with a local dietitian to see if they can help you achieve your goal a bit faster before you head o/s. We've had some great results in similar situations (although we usually have a bit more time to work with the client) by focusing on decreasing the client's percentage of body fat and improving stress levels (and subsequently, cortisol).
Have a great holiday! I'm sure that you'll look fabulous!
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