Bloating. It happens. When you’ve Hussled hard to drop the pounds and your stomach inflates like a balloon, it can make you feel rubbish.
Certain foods really affect bloating. Most of us have probably experienced it around Christmas time or other binging sessions, but it can also happen just from eating foods that don’t agree with us.
There are some obvious culprits. Try cutting out fizzy drinks. Watch out for cauliflower, lentils, beans, onions, sprouts and other classic bloat-causing foods.
Take regular exercise, but ensure you still get five fruit and veg a day.
Try and keep a food diary if the bloating is happening regularly, so you can pinpoint the problem.
If you get constipation, take steps to prevent it with a fibre-rich diet, drinking lots of fluids and taking regular exercise.
This may sound obvious, but try not to swallow too much air! It’s easier than you think to take in excess air – like by eating and talking at the same time, slumping when eating or chewing gum.
Bloating could be a sign of something more serious, like coeliac disease, a food intolerance or irritable bowel syndrome. If you think it’s more serious then go to your GP to rule out these issues.
Drink lots of water and cut out sugar and bread - that makes all the difference.
hate to say it, but unusual levels of bloating that don't go with diet changes are a big health red flag. Women should never ignore this - the guidelines are to get to the doctor if it lasts longer than 3 weeks.