Being bloated isn’t much fun.
Nor is having no appetite, feeling sluggish and struggling to lose weight…
If any of the above symptoms are present it could indicate a digestive issue or deficiency – an often forgotten and overlooked component of any weight loss (or general health boosting) programme.
Not only is a healthy digestive system and gut fundamental to being able to lose weight effectively, but is very closely linked to general well-being and a strong immune system.
After all, you could be eating healthy foods as part of your new nutrition plan, but if your body can’t digest and absorb these nutrients properly you won’t change much, if at all.
In today’s blog post I’ll reveal a proven solution to help eliminate bloating and get you back on the weight loss fast-track as soon as possible.
If you’re struggling with bloating, feeling sluggish and struggling to lose weight, here’s what I’d recommend (and typically do during the nutrition coaching stage with new clients here at the studio):
1) Aim To Establish A Consistent Eating Pattern.
This involves eating (at the very least) your 3 main meals per day at as close to the same time every day as you can, eating until you’re 80% full. Give this a go for at least a few weeks and see if your symptoms start to resolve (although this often won’t happen unless you follow steps 2-4 as well).
N.B. It’s important not to force yourself to eat if you’re not hungry, but aim not to go any longer than 4-5 hours without eating at least a snack meal.
2) Food Intolerance Testing
If you’ve been following a consistent eating pattern for a few weeks to a month and still feel bloated and upset in the stomach, you could well be eating foods you’re intolerant to. Some of the main culprits are: gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and wheat. Eating foods you’re intolerant to can cause a whole host of symptoms such as those mentioned earlier in this post. This would be a sensible next step to take.
3) Digestive Enzyme Testing
In addition to eating foods we’re intolerant to, many people suffer from low stomach acid and digestive enzymes due to poor nutritional intake, stress, alcohol intake and lack of sleep. This will prevent sufficient breakdown of the foods you eat, which can also lead to a whole host of digestive issues.
A sensible first step would be to perform a simple home test for stomach acid which you can learn about here: learn about here.
4) Repair & Rebuild
After establishing a consistent eating rhythm, eliminating foods you’re intolerant to and establishing your digestive enzyme function, you may which to consider taking supplements to ease symptoms, aid digestion and speed up the recovery of your gut / digestive system. Typically, these supplements would be:
- A Probiotic – to rebalance good/bad bacteria, improve intestinal health and improve digestion.
- Digestive Enzymes and/or Betaine Hydrochloric Acid – to improve digestive function for increased digestion and absorption of the nutrients we eat. (See number 3 about doing the acid test first).
- L-Glutamine – to help repair the gastro-intestinal lining.
The topics of nutrition and digestion are vast and this blog post only scratches the surface. However, following this advice and steps 1-4 above is a good place to start if you’re experiencing the aforementioned symptoms and this is part of the process we follow in all our personal training programmes.
Please remember the above information is a guideline only and should never be substituted for the advice of a GP or gastro-intestinal specialist.
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