10 Reasons You’re Feeling Weirdly Bloated

10 Reasons You’re Feeling Weirdly Bloated

Stomach bloat can happen and, while it isn’t weight gain, it can definitely make you feel uncomfortable and concerned as to whether it will lead to more pounds down the road.

Not only does bloating make your clothes fit poorly, but it may make you feel more lethargic and less motivated. The good news: It’s possible to treat the effects of bloating quickly.

Like when treating anything, it helps to know the cause, though with bloating that can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint.

It’s natural to feel bloated after getting off an airplane, sitting for hours, or eating a salty meal. These are all more acute instance of bloating and, mercifully, go away on their own after moving and/or hydrating.

But if you feel bloated regularly, it may indicate that there’s something about your lifestyle that’s worth examining and changing. There is a slight a chance that chronic bloating may be a sign of an underlying a medical condition, so if you feel like that’s you, a consultation with a doctor or registered can help you target it and make the necessary dietary changes to fight that bloat.

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There are actually a couple of common reasons why bloating may occur and stick around for a bit. The positive is that most of these causes are easy to treat by changing your habits.

Here are some causes dietitians see often during in their practice, as well as the tips they advise clients to help them fix their bloating for good.

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You’re Lacking in Fiber

Men need to eat 38 grams of fiber per day. If you’re not meeting that amount, there is a chance that you might be constipated, which can cause gas and bloating.

“Many men who follow restrictive diets, like keto, tend to skimp on carb-rich fruits, veggies, whole grains and beans, and they often miss out on some of their daily fiber needs,” says Natalie Rizzo, M.S., R.D.

To fix it, it’s as simple as adding more whole foods into your day. Think about trying to get some sort of fruit and vegetable at every meal.

You’re Eating Foods That Cause Gas

Certain healthy foods, like beans and cruciferous vegetables, contain complex sugars that the body cannot digest.

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“When those sugars reach the large intestines, the bacteria inside work to break them down and cause fermentation, gas and bloating,” says Rizzo.

Some people are better able to tolerate these foods than others. If you notice that beans, legumes or some veggies, like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, onions or garlic, are triggers for you, then stay away.

You Drink Carbonated Beverages

“The carbonation in sparking water has also been known to cause gas, bloating and reflux in some people,” says Rizzo. If you notice that you’re bloated after drinking seltzer, then it’s time to switch to plain water.

You Drink Too Much Booze

The Dietary Guidelines recommend that men have two alcoholic beverages or fewer each day, if any. “If you’re a big beer drinker, you may notice that the bubbles in the drink make your stomach bloat,” says Rizzo.

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“On top of that, alcohol has unnecessary calories that may lead to weight gain and alcohol also dehydrates you, which means that you will retain water and feel bloated,” Rizzo adds.

Having a drink every now and then is perfectly fine, but try and keep it to a minimum if you want to fight bloat.

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