So you’re eating healthy and you’re working out, but your scale isn’t moving?
No need to worry, you may just be bloated.
Bloating is more than just overeating. While dieting, a lot of the “healthy” foods we consume cause bloating. Interesting isn’t it?
Food that cause bloating and constipation:
-Beans and lentils
-Fruits and veggies
So yes, these foods are HIGHLY recommended for someone who is trying to stay healthy and fit, BUT make sure you’re drinking water, at least a gallon a day. Drinking liquids helps fiber move through the digestive system, which then prevents bloating and constipation.
And even though you’re eating these healthy foods, that are rich in fiber, you may need to add more fiber to your diet.
Daily fiber intake for weight loss should be between 25-30g per day.
BUT, remember if you increase your fiber intake, without drinking enough water, that’ll lead to constipation and bloating as well. Fiber and water go together. They’re married y’all. So don’t try to split them up!!!
Your scale may not be moving if you’re not having healthy bowel movements. So, basically, you’re full of sh!t.
Whether you’re regular or not, is one of the easiest ways to consider how “healthy” your insides are.
One last thing about fiber, to make everything above a little more understandable. According to the U.S National Library of Medicine, there are two different types of fiber — soluble and insoluble. Both are important for health, digestion, and preventing diseases.
Soluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel during digestion, which actually slows down the digestion process. Soluble fiber is found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and some fruits and vegetables. It is also found in psyllium, which is a common fiber supplement. Some types of soluble fiber may help lower risk of heart disease.
Insoluble fiber is found in foods such as wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains. It adds bulk to the stool and appears to help food pass more quickly through the stomach and intestines.
So just remember to add both soluble and insoluble fiber to your diet, and of course drink plenty of water!
Your scale will finally begin to move and you’ll no longer feel bloated!