If you suffer with a bloated tummy, it may be you need to follow a diet that cuts out common allergens and improves the environment inside your gut....
Digestive dysfunction and weight gain
Stomach acid is a key part of digestion as it is needed to break down proteins. The absorption of nutrients is dependent on this acid, in particular iron and calcium. Many people have low levels of stomach acid as a result of over indulgence in processed foods.
Put simply, if digestion is not functioning optimally then nutrients will struggle to be absorbed, which leaves your body lacking.
This can translate as a simple desire for more food. The better your body absorbs the less food it will ask for!
If your body is responding to an allergy or intolerance it will often retain water. You may not know you have food intolerances; indeed, most people like and in fact crave the food they are intolerant to! Wheat products, such as bread and cakes, and dairy products, such as ice cream, are the most common allergens and a shift away from them can result in a ‘quick-win' water and fat loss of 1.5 to 3kg (3 to 7lbs).
You may find that the increase in energy and decrease in weight is so enjoyable that you don't want to go back to eating those foods your body cannot tolerate. However, re-introducing the foods after a reasonable length of time, say three months, is often fine, as long as they are not eaten in excess.