Post # 1
Hey bees! So I am a pretty active runner, but I have some belly bloat. I am lucky enough to be at a weight that is slender and I do not have to worry about losing a lot of weight for the wedding. However, I do want to be less bloated! I did weigh 10 lbs more than I do now. I lost the weight, and my stomach was flat! Then voila–the bloating came back, even though I have kept the weight off. Some running articles suggest that this is because your body retains water the more you run, in order to protect your body in case it doesn’t get enough water throughout the day. Okay. So how do I stop it??? Not drink any water the day of the wedding?? (joking, of course). I eat pretty healthy, snacking with fresh fruits and veggies.
Thank you for your help! 🙂
Post # 2
I am not a scientist, doctor, dietician, or even a runner really for that matter but I would suggest that you just… Start drinking more water? the more you drink the less your body needs to retain.
Post # 3
Hmm. I would try actually increasing the amount of water you drink the week before and decreasing (as much as possible) caffeine and alcohol. The day before and day of I would keep my sodium consumption low.
I’m confused though at how you could have increased bloat without gaining weight–water retention is water weight. Since it’s all in your stomach, could it be gas? If it is maybe you have triggers (like dairy) or maybe you should just eat Beano with every meal the day before and of your wedding.
Post # 4
Greek yogurt once a day helps with belly bloat!
Post # 5
More water, less salt, and you should be fine. Don’t dehydrate yourself!
Post # 6
Doing lots of core work really helped with my post-eating bloat! The body naturally produces gases as a part of digestion, but have super-strong core muscles helps kind of keep everything in. I do a ton of yoga, especially inversions, for my core.
Post # 7
Drink water steadily throughout the day. It’s not just about getting 8 cups a day, but it’s about making sure you get 1 cup each hour you’re awake… that helps your body realize it doesn’t need to hoarde. It takes your body weeks to figure this out, so don’t expect to see results within a month. (Source: My dietitian)
Other things that contribute to bloading are, as people mentioned, salt (limit your salt intake), carbs (in particular alcohol), and diary.
Potassium helps flush sodium out, which is what’s causing bloating due to salt. Coconut water, bananas, and potassium “vitamin water” (I forget which flavor.. but only one of them) are all high in potassium. You’d be surprised how hard it is to get the daily recommended % of potassium… but when I make an effort I easily lose a few pounds in water weight and everything fits better.
Caffeine is (thought to be) a diuretic, which should help you lose fluids. I’ve never really noticed if it works or not, but I don’t drink much caffeine anyway and wouldn’t start just to beat bloat.
Probiotics, ginger, peppermint, turmuric are all thought to help irritated tummies calm down, and help with bloating. No idea if these work, I’ve never noticed a difference.
Post # 8
I agree with PPs, more water and less caffeine/salt. I think you’re right that the bloating is your body retaining water in case it doesn’t get enough, but this means that there are times when you’re not having enough water to trigger that reaction. Up the amount of water you drink starting now, make sure you have even more again before/during/after your runs and carry that right through to the day of the wedding.
Post # 9
If you’re already eating really healthy, I agree with PPs about the water. Also maybe probiotic capsules from the refrigerater at the pharmacy.
Post # 10
How much are you running? I do ultras ( 100+ me runs). My body does hold into water when I’m running a lot of lSD ( long slow distance). Simple carbs, too much fiber, carbonated drinks, and right clothing ( run clothing too!) can make you bloat.
Post # 11
Unless youre doing super long runs, I don’t think the runs are causing the bloat.
Post # 12
Try a really strong probiotic with 35billion cfu or higher. I often get bloated after exercise too and it causes me to have a belly even though my core is tight. When I remember to take my probiotic the bloat goes away and so does my tummy! I like GNC 100 probiotic.
Post # 13
Or you could talk to a doctor, to see if there is a medical reason.