You’re following a healthy diet, and maybe even a weight loss plan. So why does your belly feel so bloated, and why won’t your pants zip? That uncomfortable feeling can be caused by a number of sources, but these are the most common ones…
Watch out for food allergies. Did you know that almost half of all food allergies appear in adulthood? So even if you don’t think you’re allergic to anything, that can change over time. If you’re feeling particularly bloated, it might be due to inflammation in your gut. Consult with a physician about testing for food allergies.
Slow down. Gulping down your meals leads to bloating for multiple reasons. Eating too quickly can cause you to swallow air. Plus, you won’t chew your food thoroughly, and this can have a negative effect on digestion. And, since your brain doesn’t have time to send fullness signals to your stomach, you end up over-eating. Slow down, put your fork down between bites, sip water throughout meals, and engage in conversation.
Make dietary changes slowly. We talk a lot about including ample fiber in your diet. However, if you add too much too fast, bloating can be the result. It’s temporary and will go away when your body adjusts to your new diet, but you could try a more gradual change if it’s making you uncomfortable.
Drink more water. Perhaps ironically, your body responds to dehydration by holding onto water. Drinking more water can actually flush excess fluids from your system, and decrease that “food baby” feeling.
Take a second look at your supplements. If you’re taking a dietary supplement that contains magnesium, you could overdo it… And bloating, gas, cramping, and diarrhea are often the side effects. The same rule applies to ingredients like fennel, milk thistle, and other additives meant to “aid digestion”. Just remember that there can be such a thing as “too much of a good thing”!
On that note, give us a call to discuss your weight loss plan and any nutritional supplements you’re taking. We can make recommendations for supplements that support your goals, along with a dosage schedule that is appropriate for your needs.