The Prom Diet: What Not to Eat Before Prom

Cut out these foods a few days before prom to eliminate bloating!

After spending hours shopping for and trying on dresses, the last thing you want to be is bloated on your big night. I don't recommend going on a crash prom diet, but there are certain veggies and starches that can make you gassy or retain water, so you may want to avoid them before prom night. I know, it can be hard to stay away from some of these, but you really only have to do it for the day and night before to see results! And of course, don’t eat these foods at prom dinner either. No one wants to be gassy on the dance floor.

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Avoid these veggies.

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Brussels sprouts may be tasty, but they can cause bloating. Julie Clancy/Moment/Getty Images

According to WebMD brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and carrots are a major source of bloating and gas. Broccoli, onions, jicama and mushrooms are also notorious for causing gas and making your stomach blow up. So avoid these foods before prom, and instead replace them with asparagus and celery. According to Beauty High, these foods actually prevent bloating because they are such great digestion aids. Beauty High also recommends eating foods that are high in potassium like avocados and bananas. Potassium helps your body to not hold onto excess water. 

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Avoid these fruits.

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Peaches and cherries can cause bloating. Verdina Anna/Moment Open/Getty Images

According to About.com’s expert Amber J. Tresca, apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, and prunes can cause major gas because fo their high fructose level. Instead, replace them with grapes, pineapple and watermelon, because according to Beauty High, these are foods that can prevent bloating and even act as a natural diuretic because of their high amounts of fiber. 

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Don’t eat beans and lentils.

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Foods with oligosaccharides, like beans and lentils, can make you bloat. Lauri Patterson/E+/Getty Images

 WebMD recommends avoiding foods with oligosaccharides in them to combat bloating. Basically, they’re indigestible and make your intestines do all the work, which in turn makes you bloated. Beans and lentils have a notable amount of oligosaccharides, and they can all make you bloated. Instead, try these foods that help reduce gas. 

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Avoid drinking milk and eating cheese... if you're lactose intolerant.

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Dairy products can cause people who are lactose intolerant to bloat. Tetra Images/Getty Images

Lots of people are lactose intolerant… which basically means that they’re unable to digest lactose, which is found in high numbers in dairy products like milk and cheese. If this is you, avoid dairy before prom. Replace cow’s milk in your morning cereal with almond milk instead. 

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Starch can cause gas.

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Starchy foods like potatoes and potato chips can cause gas and bloating. Sally Williams Photography/Photolibrary/Getty Images

 Some people are sensitive to starch, and it can cause them to bloat and have gas. According to Self, potatoes, potato chips, white rice and cornmeal have extremely high amounts of starch, so if you’re sensitive to it, keep them off your plate before prom. 

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Avoid artificial sweeteners.

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Soda, processed “diet” foods and processed “sugar-free” foods are usually high in artificial sweeteners like xylitol and sorbitol. So even though these foods may claim to be healthy, they can actually cause gas and make you bloat. If you want to munch on chips, try banana chips or freeze-dried blueberries instead. If you love soda, try drinking carbonated water with lemon in it instead... but just a little bit, because you’ll also want to…

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Stay away from carbonated beverages.

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Carbonated beverages cause gas and major bloating. Andrew Brett Wallis/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Soda and “sparkling” drinks have gas in them… it’s what creates the bubbles. Ingesting all those bubbles will only make your stomach full of bubbles, too. You’ll bloat and end up burping or farting it out. So embarrassing when you’re at prom.

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Stay away from gum.

Gum is a sneaky little treat… as you chew, it can actually make you swallow a lot of air without knowing it. Swallowing air can lead to a buildup of air in your stomach, which will make you majorly bloated. 

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Bye, bye straws.

Just like gum, drinking through a straw can make you swallow air and lead to bloating. Stick with sipping out of a regular glass.