I want to address a very important detail when it comes to bloating. One that could be the reason why you're trying your hardest to eat all the right foods but still NOT losing weight.
Specifically I'm talking about...
And I'm not talking about food allergies here, because there is a pretty big difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance.
Food allergies only affect about 1 to 2 percent of the population, whereas food intolerance occurs in up to 20 percent of the population. "With allergies, symptoms can be very dangerous and even life-threatening. A food intolerance, on the other hand, is more likely to present itself with symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), eczema, migraine, fatigue, hives and asthma," says Muriel Simmons, Chief Executive of Allergy UK.
I would also add that food intolerances can potentially be the #1 reason many people are trying "everything" to lose weight with NO results. Yup, its that's bad.
If someone is allergic to a food, you can see it pretty quickly...
These are Some Common Food Intolerance Symptoms:
- Inability to lose weight
It can even take several hours or even days to show up, making you feel like you're in a constant state of digestive distress. (Ugh, I remember feeling like that for half my childhood and teenage years...awful).
A food intolerance will also create a chronic state of inflammation inside the body making it a less-than-ideal environment for your metabolism to burn off unwanted fat...and that's exactly what you DON'T want when you're trying your best to change your body and change your health.
How do you know if you have a food intolerance?
The best way to discover if a food intolerance is the root cause of your inability to lose weight is to temporarily remove the most common foods that people are intolerant to from your diet for two weeks. You can then slowly introduce those foods back into your diet and see how your body responds.
It may sound a bit overwhelming to think about eliminating all of those foods from your eating plan, but a meal plan similar to the sample below may really help you find out if a food intolerance is an issue for you.
Breakfast: Quinoa porridge made with coconut milk, topped with walnuts
Snack: Turkey slices (nitrite and nitrate free) with carrots and cucumbers
Lunch: Steak salad, leftover steak over arugula, shredded carrots and celery with olive oil and vinegar dressing, along with a small fruit salad.
Snack: Smoked salmon over sliced tomatoes
Dinner: Roasted chicken, sauteed spinach, and baked sweet potato
Notice there is no wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, or corn included above, and the day consisted of a variety of delicious foods.
After eliminating the suggested foods for two weeks, choose one and re-introduce a small amount of it into one meal and pay close attention to how you feel. If the bloating, gas, indigestion, or whichever symptoms were affecting you the most come back quickly, you know that food or all of them may not be the best choice food for you.
Another strategy that is effective and may be a bit easier for you to implement immediately is to begin taking digestive enzymes with each meal. Right before you eat, take 1 high quality digestive enzyme to help your body process and digest your food. I am not a fan of quick fixes by any means, but for those people who are slowly taking the necessary steps to eat healthier and healthier each day, this is an effective way to experience quick relief from gas, bloating, and other annoying symptoms of food intolerances.
In Beat Bloat! 3 Easy Tips to Tame Tummy Troubles I shared with you my own challenges with bloating and indigestion and how I was able to find a wonderful solution that I still use today. I do BOTH strategies outlined above: I stay away from highly inflammatory foods and I take a digestive enzyme daily along with my breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The one I use specifically is one I had first-hand involvement in the development of the formula so I feel confident that it is the right mix of enzymes I am looking for.
Not only do digestive enzymes have the ability to enhance your body's own ability to digest your food, they can also help you resolve any inflammation you may have lurking in your body due to food intolerances. Even if you're someone like me, eating a squeaky clean diet, our bodies may need the extra support of added quality enzymes.
If you have been plagued with bloating, gas, and digestive difficulties for years without resolve, I highly encourage you to take the recommendations I have made here very seriously. The above sample healthy meal plan, along with the 3 tips to beat bloat and a quality digestive enzyme into your daily routine may be the perfect combination to finally relieve your bloating once and for all.