the bloated look
- 01-15-2011, 11:55 PM
- 01-16-2011, 12:03 AM
Make sure that you are drinking ENOUGH, since water retention will occur if you are not drinking enough as well.
Consuming a lot of carbohydrates can also cause water retention, since for every gram of carbohydrates consumed, your body holds 3 grams of water - that's not to say eliminate carbohydrates, but be sensible with them, and be aware that that can happen with them.
Bloating can also be caused from gas build-up in your system, poorly digested food, etc. Consuming foods that you have sensitivities or intolerances to can also cause bloating (and water retention), so if you're eating anything that doesn't agree with you, it could be causing this.
You really need to eliminate the cause of the bloating if it such an issue, and unless you know for sure that something is doing it, you will have to find it out by process of elimination, and you do that by experimenting with different things.
01-16-2011, 12:07 AM
01-16-2011, 12:18 AM
01-18-2011, 06:02 PM
Ever think about getting tested for wheat or gluten allergies?
Perhaps try eliminating those things and see if the situation improves
01-18-2011, 06:48 PM
You may have high estrogen, which increases subcutaneous water retention. An AI like ERASE could help. You said lowering sodium didn't help. Obviously without bloodwork this is speculative, but it may be the ticket. Lowering carbs can reduce water retention, as well. I doubt "gas" is going to be the issue. Dietary-mediated inflammation, perhaps. Take 3caps a day, at least, of fish oil if you aren't already.
Paging Dr. Banner. . .
01-18-2011, 08:10 PM
01-18-2011, 08:37 PM
bloating can also be caused by creatine, or other supplements containing such. Also when you eat large meals, or "stuff" yourself, your stomach is naturally going to get larger, and therefore take up more space in your midsection. this can cause a bloated look. I know how much difference I have better cut and bulk, and when I have been sick or fasted compared to normal diet.
also, it could just be the fact that your abs and chest are not in porportion. if you workout your abs alot, and no arms, shoulders, or chest, obviously there will be a size difference which will make any type of bloating more noticiable.
and we could go on and on with reasons :P
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