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embarissing question here...bloating anyone?


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how do you get rid of a super bloated belly. I'm 100 pound 16 year old 5 foot 2 and keep getting asked if I'm pregnant. IM NOT. i'm a virgin. how do I get rid of this bloated belly. I work out and have good abdominals but am i retaining a lot of water? I get constipated a lot but...this is rediculous. I do bloat more around my periods but i'm also very bloated between them too. can anyone help? Can anyone else relate? thanks :)

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Constipation will cause that. You may need more fiber in your diet. I always had the same problem because I did not eat enough fiber.

It sounds as though your digestion is not functioning well if you are getting the twin problems of bloating and constipation.   Some tips that could help you

  • Get at least 4 portions a day of fresh vegetables into your diet - preferably cooked rather than raw as these are easier to digest.   Eat moderate amounts of fruit (since fruit can be bloating) and make sure your other food choices such as breakfast cereals, bread, rice, pasta etc. are the high-fibre or wholemeal versions.  Fibrous foods keep the digestion working efficiently and this will help reduce bloating and eliminate constipation
  • Drink plenty of fluids.  Typically, 1 or 2 extra litres of plain water per day - more if you are very active.  Try to avoid fizzy drinks (including diet ones) as these are bloating.  Tea and other plain, warm drinks are another good choice.  Dehydration is a big cause of constipation.
  • Make sure your diet contains sufficient fat.... oils, oily fish, nuts, seeds, lean meat, whole eggs, dairy products etc.  Fat literally 'oils the wheels' and keeps your digestion running smoothly.  Very low fat diets are unhealthy.
  • Reduce your intake of sugar, salt, additives, preservatives, artificial sweetners and refined starch (all of which can cause bloating and fluid retention) by eating fewer processed/ready-made foods and more unprocessed/wholefoods. 

 

 

There are many causes of bloating. Dehydration, lack of fiber, food allergy, IBS, endometriosis, lactose intolerance, constipation, side effect of medications/vitamins/herbs, poor diet, not chewing your food thoroughly, eating to quickly. Make a conscious effort to chew and eat slowly. Artificial sweeteners, chewing gum and drinking soda and other carbonated beverages and other medical conditions.

Is this a new problem? Have you seen your family Dr? What is your diet like?

If you have not seen your Dr. make an appointment. Write down all of your symptoms, when they started, what makes it worse, what makes it better, times that it happens and so on.

Some things you can try. Drink plenty of water. Don't chew gum or drink soda, eat a clean/balanced diet. Look at the food pyramid as a guide. Avoid artificial sweeteners, diet foods, fat free foods, fried foods, fast foods, processed foods.

try to keep a regular bathroom schedule. Sometimes having a cup of tea or coffee first think in the morning will help. Get plenty of fiber. If you need to try a fiber supplement for a week or so and see if that helps.

Exercise. Just getting your body moving helps. Not only with bloating but with everything. A healthy, fit body is less likely to have problems.

Most of the time bloating is not water retention but gas, trapped air.

Try peppermint tea, chew your food thoroughly and eat slowly.

Ginger and cinnamon. Try sprinkling a little bit of these fresh herbs on your food or in your tea.

Don't lie down after eating. Take a walk, stretch, move around a bit.

Eat until you are satisfied but not stuffed.

Try Beano. You can buy it at any local market.

Try Acidopholous. It is a natural digestive enzyme that aids in digestion by promoting good bacteria. You can buy supplements or food that contain Acidopholous. Yogurt is a great source. Some milk and cheese have it added.

so you do get your period? you are really low weight for your height. maybe try yoga, and stretch a bit...do downward dog, upward dog, and massage your tummy. it helps. enough fat will move things along as well. do you count calories? if so, how many do you eat? what are your goals for being on CC?

thanks everyone for all the answers, now just to answer a couple of questions. yes, i get my period. i count calories on a casual level. I went anorexic 3 years back and got in a lot of trouble. that's how i found this site, to help gain and be healthy. my weight is in the 20th percentile, does that mean anything? i mean, i am pretty short here so...anyways...i have a very slow metabolism and bad circulation to my hands and feet. on average, i eat maybe a thousand calories or so a day. give or take. I'm on calorie count because it's a great place to get personalized answers. My goals? none really. My diet? umm...that could use improving, though i do drink lots of fluids. 3 cups coffee in the morning and water with the occasional soda. i have a sweet tooth and eat lots of sweets and never really sit down for meals. i just kinda snack all day long, lots of chips and dry cereal, pretzels, chocolate chips, whatever's layng aroudn really. sorry i made this so long but thanks for the help :)

If you are only eating 1,000 calories a day you have a problem. You need more than that. Your diet sounds like it consists mainly of junk,processed foods. I think you have answered your own question.

You need to make the decision to get healthy. Improve your diet, get control of your eating disorder and increase your calories. If you don't nourish your body properly you will have problems like you are having and potentially more. Have you seen a therapist for your eating disorder? If not start there.

Original Post by fycul66:
that's how i found this site, to help gain and be healthy. my weight is in the 20th percentile, does that mean anything? i mean, i am pretty short here so...anyways...i have a very slow metabolism and bad circulation to my hands and feet. on average, i eat maybe a thousand calories or so a day.

well the bad circulation and weight percentile suggest that you could definitely stand to gain a few pounds and your body is probably not happy at the current weight you're at. the bloating is also probably from undereating. when you consistently undereat and are underweight any amount of food tends to cause bloating, or your stomach just looks bigger than the rest of your body because your limbs are really skinny.  your history with anorexia makes me think that you simply haven't reached a healthy weight yet, you are still exhibiting symptoms of malnourishment and should eat more, maybe even a weight gain amount.

Original Post by chrissy1988:

Original Post by fycul66:
that's how i found this site, to help gain and be healthy. my weight is in the 20th percentile, does that mean anything? i mean, i am pretty short here so...anyways...i have a very slow metabolism and bad circulation to my hands and feet. on average, i eat maybe a thousand calories or so a day.

well the bad circulation and weight percentile suggest that you could definitely stand to gain a few pounds and your body is probably not happy at the current weight you're at. the bloating is also probably from undereating. when you consistently undereat and are underweight any amount of food tends to cause bloating, or your stomach just looks bigger than the rest of your body because your limbs are really skinny.  your history with anorexia makes me think that you simply haven't reached a healthy weight yet, you are still exhibiting symptoms of malnourishment and should eat more, maybe even a weight gain amount.

chrissy1988 and the previous poster are both right.

You have seen starving children in Africa with bloated bellies? 1000 calories a day of poor food will do that when you need 2000 a day to maintain not just a healthy weight but your health.

You are not that short. Only adult women under 4'11" can consider a maintenance diet of 1850 calories. You are 5'2" so it's not an excuse to under-eat I'm afraid.

I'm glad you have found aspects of these forums helpful in the past, but you are not recovered from anorexia at this point.

I'd really recommend you involve a more professional support team -- a doctor, therapist and dietician.

With the circulation issues and malnutrition likely causing the bloating you need to get things fixed now while you are only 16 and there is ample opportunity to reverse all the damage to your body.

Best of luck.

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