To say that we’re in an era of diets would be a gross understatement. If you were to question your entire social circle, we’d bet good money that the vast majority of them have at least tried one in the past.
The problem with some diets is that they contain some wicked side effects – some more severe than others. That’s not to say that they are bad diets; some of them work fantastically well but leave you feeling a little worse for wear at the same time.
One of the most common of these side effects is bloat. The mistake a lot of people make is that they can’t distinguish feeling bloated with gains in fat – and quickly book an appointment at Sono Bello as a result. We’re here to state that the two are completely different things in their entirety, and bloat can actually be managed.
We’ll now mull over some of the most common reasons behind bloat so you can eradicate it from your lifestyle for good.
You’re on the chewing gum diet
Ok, there’s not such thing as a chewing gum diet (not that we know of anyway), but this is one food which can really encourage the effects of bloat.
The problem is that chewing gum contains a sugar alcohol which goes by the name of sorbitol. This has been long-associated with bloat, while at this point it’s also worth mentioning that it’s contained within a lot of frozen desserts so you really have to pay attention to it.
Salt is to blame for a lot of things nowadays – it seems to be at the center of every health study under the sun. Well, as you may have guessed by now, it’s also to blame for bloat.
In this case the effects are pretty understandable. As we all know, there is a direct correlation between sodium and water – with the substance able to make your body hold a lot more liquid.
The upshot of this is simple. With more liquid swirling around in your body, it automatically results in the dreaded bloat.
You eat in record speeds
Most people find that they are bloated immediately after a large meal and while the quantity of food obviously plays a part, so does the speed in which you eat it.
If you eat too quickly, you’ll have the habit of failing to chew your food sufficiently. As a result of this, your food will take longer to digest and suffice to say, the results don’t need explaining.
You use a straw to drink
This is probably one of the stranger reasons, but there is method in the madness – we promise. In short, if you drink through a straw you will be taking in much more air than you would if you were drinking normally.
This air will then proceed to make its way into your stomach and cause the bloating effect that has dominated this page.