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Is bread causing my bloating?

I have always been told that bread and fizzy drinks in particular will bloat my belly, I am new to this site and rather then dieting full on, I generally want to make a slow but rewarding life style change, where by I avoid foods which could cause bloating and incorporate foods which are better for me.

I am exercising at the gym 3 times a week for an hour at a time with mixed cardio and weight/resistance training, not really noticing any real difference, since starting the gym and cutting out some foods over 5 weeks ago now, I thought this small change would've had quite a significant impact on my weight as I have never really been an active person and work in an office, I?ve been ensuring I move around loads in the day and drinking plenty of water while sticking to my weekly workouts 3 times a week, but it seems as much as I am trying to bring these changes in albeit slowly, (so I don't get fed up of too much change at one time) I don't feel I?m getting anywhere.

Someone has mentioned that maybe eating bread and the consumption of fizzy drinks could be the reason!??? I have now cut out fizzy drinks but can?t seem to leave the bread alone without knowing the full facts? Please help, I really want to achieve my goal and have all the motivation and determination, but without the weight being lost I risk falling off the wagon?

A.

Our expert says...

Hi,

Welcome to our site! Your approach to losing weight sounds very sensible and I am sure, if you stick with it, you will soon start to see some results.

To answer your question about bread, some people do find that bread, and other wheat products, can cause bloating. This is because the gluten in wheat can be difficult to digest. Also, we all tend to eat more wheat than we realise, for example in breakfast cereals, bread, pasta, cakes and biscuits. The easiest way to find out if this is causing your bloating is to cut wheat out of your diet for a trial period and see how you feel. The Diary Notes section in your Food Diary can be very useful for this.

If you decide to do this, it is important that you eat other carbohydrates to maintain your energy. Brown rice, jacket potatoes and oats are all good substitutes and oatcakes and rice cakes are useful for lunches and snacks.

If your bloating subsides, introduce wheat products back into your diet slowly to see what level you can comfortably tolerate. Often, rotating these products (i.e. not eating them every day) works well. I hope this has helped you. Good luck!

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