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BERKANA_T Posts: 138
2/27/13 2:59 P

As the previous poster stated, a food sensitivity can cause bloating. Mild sensitivities may not have much in the way of other symptoms, and can be difficult to pinpoint. If you're concerned about a potential food sensitivity, then I'd suggesting that start making notes on any changes in the bloating relative to what you've eaten and see if any patterns emerge. If you do see a pattern, you may want to see a doctor.

Edited by: BERKANA_T at: 2/27/2013 (15:03)
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2/27/13 1:24 P

I had this same issue...i went and got blood tests done and found out i was very intolerant to all dairy, (eggs, egg whites, cottage cheese, yogurt), all of which i was eating on a daily basis. My body simply was not digesting it. I cut out dairy products, (not an easy task!), and bam, my bloating was gone. Perhaps you have an intolerance to a specific protein you're eating?

-POOKIE- Posts: 11,848
2/27/13 1:12 P

LUCKYNUMBER23 thats not true, calories are calories whenever you eat them.
Sumo wrestlers eat HUGE amounts of calories.. hence the weight. regardless of when they ate it.

I've also never seen a study saying about the protein.... care to share a published study?

Since a can of tuna, or a serving of chicken has more than that, I'm not about to cut down to a number that would involve me needing to eat child like portions 5 times a day to get a decent amount of protein.

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2/27/13 1:00 P

I try not to eat over 20 grams a meal - some experts say that women can't absorb more than that. You might not be drinking enough water. Also are you eating the bulk of your calories at night. I know this sounds weird but I was watching a show about sumo wrestlers. The reason they have a lot of belly fat is that they eat most of their calories at night.

LUCKINLOVE Posts: 216
2/27/13 11:26 A

All I know is that when I was eating 50g of fiber and drinking over 100oz of water a day to try to get rid of the bloat, it backfired and my tummy was huge. If fiber absorbs water and there's fiber in your digestive track, then it's holding water. If your bowel movements are normal for you, then fiber probably isn't an issue....but fiber will hold more water and the digestive track is in the tummy area so bloating is more visible.

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2/27/13 10:47 A

Thanks for all the feedback! Perhaps it's not the protein, but some other aspects such as sodium or fiber from the new diet that I need to look at! Am I correct that drink more water will help with the bloat? I can certainly cutback on sodium if that is the culprit, but I want to keep the fiber even if it is the culprit.

LUCKINLOVE Posts: 216
2/27/13 10:30 A

I eat a higher amount of protein than most of the Food Trackers I've seen on SP. I eat 100g of protein as a minimum, usually closer to 120g most days. Protein keeps me feeling full, like you said, and I don't feel sluggish eating less carbs. I, like you, find most of my carbs coming from veggies and mostly whole grain sources (i.e. english muffin @ bfast, oatmeal). I eat relatively clean 90% of the average day.

Yes, sodium is definitely something to look into. I bloat like a whale in my tummy especially when I overdo the sodium the day before or even a few days before.

Have you checked your fiber count? If I eat more than 30g of fiber in a day, I bloat in my tummy, too.

Everyone's different, but those are a couple of the things I've noticed about myself over the past 5 years. Protein doesn't seem to be an issue for me & any bloating.

-POOKIE- Posts: 11,848
2/27/13 10:22 A

Do you track your food on here?
You can add sodium to track.

if you increased protein sources, that can go hand in hand with more sodium if its coming from deli meats/cheese/cottage cheese, all of those can rack up the sodium fast.

If you don't regularly use the powder I wouldn't blame it, but its also easy to add protein to pancakes using cottage cheese, you can blend it in with the egg and it works great.

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,228
2/27/13 10:22 A

Are you using the nutrition tracker? If so you can turn on sodium tracking and be able to tell if you are high there.

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2/27/13 10:05 A

I would say my diet is for the most part low carb too. This is not quite intentional! I just find I have a hard time fitting my carbs in. Most of my carbs come from vegetables, sometimes a bread source at dinner, and whenever I have my morning pancake.

I only use the powder about twice a week. I don't always have a morning pancake and I only use half a serving. It's the GNC's Total Lean 25 brand which does have a pretty long list of ingredients

I'm honestly not sure what my sodium levels are like. I do eat fairly clean I would say at least 2 out of my 3 meals.

I'd say I've followed calorie counting for years really. I've been more strict about it sometimes over others. I partially decided to try this new diet ti prevent a plateau.

Thanks for your help!

-POOKIE- Posts: 11,848
2/27/13 9:53 A

80-100g isn't so unusual, as you say its in the standard SP range... let alone the amounts people following very low carb diets eat!

I would look to the protein powder for a cause of bloating... what else is in it? Artificial sweeteners can upset tummies.

What are your sodium levels like? Sodium causes me terrible bloating if I don't watch it.

What sort of carb sources do you eat?

How long have you been following a calorie counted plan? A lot of people fall into a plateau after a couple months calorie counting.

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2/27/13 9:47 A

So not too long ago I decided to really focus on getting my protein in my diet. I eat a lot of egg white and sometimes I will throw a scoop of protein powder in my whole wheat pancake. This has really helped me to feel full for longer and eat less. In addition, I am an athlete and my performance has seemed to really improve (can't say 100% that this is due to the new protein diet.) HOWEVER, and this is a big however, I feel like my stomach has gotten pudgy! Ever since I started this new diet, I've seen no progress and I appear bloated. I stay within my calories ate/burned range and I am even within my protein range. I eat between 80-100 grams of protein a day.

What are everyone else's experiences with "high" protein? Thanks!

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