Do you ever pull on your jeans in the morning and it seems that you’ve grown what seems like four inches around your midsection? You’re not imagining things—it’s the dreaded belly bloat! And even if you’re going for daily runs and eating right, many factors in your day can contribute to sudden and unexpected belly bloat.
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1. Fiber-Rich Overload
We’re always being told to eat more fiber; it’s known to help regulate your appetite, promote weight loss, help you stay regular and assist in good overall digestive health. However, many of us make the mistake of taking in too much fiber too soon when we change our dietary habits. While you should definitely make fiber part of your diet if you’re eating healthier as part of a New Year’s resolution or a weight loss plan, the key is to gradually increase your intake over a period of a couple of weeks.
When your body isn’t used to fiber and you suddenly switch to a diet of salads, whole grains, high-fiber cereals and fresh fruit, you are likely to experience painful bloating. A good way to avoid this is to swap out foods in your diet one by one instead of making all the changes at the same time.