by Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD
Why your stomach won't always be flatAs nearly every news outlet covered Lea Michelle's supposed baby bump on Monday, I found myself repeatedly shouting "Come on!" "Really?" and "Ugh!" to my computer and TV screens. One report noted her "hint of something other than rock-hard, six-pack abs," and I nearly lost it because the truth is, no matter how fit you are, it's just not normal to have a perfectly flat stomach all the time.
After you eat or drink, food and liquids naturally expand your stomach and intestines, so at least a little "bump" is inevitable every single day, even if your weight and body fat are completely stable.
Some of the healthiest foods, including beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and onions produce gas as they're being digested, which will expand your GI tract like air filling a balloon. And just eating a bulkier meal, even if it's super healthy like a large salad, means your midsection will inflate more than if you ate a compact energy bar withRead More »from Why Your Stomach Won't Always Be Flat