We've all been there. You have one little pizza/fry/nacho binge and all of a sudden you look like you're six months pregnant. Hello, food baby.
What gives? Your stomach was flat just yesterday—you swear! All the hard work you put in at the gym can feel totally useless in the face of a bad case of bloat—even though it happens to all of us. (Take a look at the Top Foods That Make You Look Pregnant.)
To make sure you don't spiral down a path of fat shaming after every meal, fitness blogger Tiffany Brien took to Facebook to deliver a serious reality check: no one is immune to the food baby.
"We are not all what we seem on social media," she says in her post. "I thought I would share a bad day with you to show you nobody is 'perfect' and it is ok to have an off day where your body just decides to not play ball. It is a delightful cocktail of lack of sleep, stress, hormones and food intolerances. A mixture for a whole lotta bloat."
Unfortunately, the bloat behind the food baby can be caused by healthy foods just as easily as those bad-for-you binges. What you would typically consider "gassy" foods like beans and lentils tend to be the biggest culprits since they're full of indigestible sugars but even veggies like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and carrots can give you a bad case of bloat.
Artificial sweeteners also feed that food baby. Since they're made from faux sugars, your body has a hard time digesting them and produces a lot of gas in the process. If you notice that your stomach seems particularly distended after a simple, low-cal cup of coffee, switch to real sugar in your morning java.
Ultimately, you've gotta cut yourself some slack. As Brien highlights, food babies happen to even people whose job it is to stay toned. In the meantime, eat foods with a high water and fiber content, like watermelon and celery, to help your body banish the bloat.