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I’ve just started dieting and I’m feeling bloated. Why is this?

A bloated stomach is often caused by a sudden increase in fiber from vegetables, fruits and beans. If this is the cause of your bloating, you might ease up on these foods and reintroduce them more gradually into your diet. Alternatively, persevere and the bloated feeling should pass within a matter of days.

If it is your arms and legs, not your stomach, that is bloated, it might be because you are retaining extra fluid. This may have nothing to do with your diet. Possible causes of fluid retention causing bloating include:

  • PMT
  • Contraceptive pill
  • Too much alcohol, or salt, or processed foods in your diet
  • Too little protein.

Suggestions

Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, fill up on pasta, rice and beans, and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

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