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Stomach Protrusion and Bloating

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 10, 2012 at 7:11 PM

I have been moderately "Paleo" for the last 30 days and I have noticed that in the last week my stomach has been protruding as if I am pregnant. My diet has been relatively consistent and I am sure I need to add more details for a specific solution. However I am just wondering what I can try to add to my diet to help me with the bloating.

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on January 29, 2013
at 01:33 AM

I agree with the veggie part. I actually get a little bloated from cooked veggies. I need to eat them raw if I don't want to feel bloated. Some people are the opposite.

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on January 27, 2013
at 09:15 PM

Are you sure you're not just fat?

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

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on August 12, 2012
at 01:55 AM

waaaay more than others. Just the other day I could have passed for 3 or 4 months pregnant. But the week before, that area was much smaller. I'd like to know why so I can fix it... Thank you.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

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on August 12, 2012
at 01:54 AM

I was actually thinking it may have just been menstrual-related and that my body was storing up water/carbs (ie making me more hungry as well) in preparation for putting my body into overdrive ie pms. So I figured that if I ate more carbs, then it might cause the bloating to go down and my energy levels to go up. But really, maybe it's just fat and maybe I'm just hungry.. I read just now that carbs can make you hungrier, and I have been eating more carbs. My "fat" seems to reapportion itself all over my body all the time! I have a low bmi, but still not a flat tummy and sometimes it sticks out

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on August 11, 2012
at 12:43 AM

How are you Chinaeskimo?

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on August 11, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Im just curious how not eating enough carbs would cause bloating? Perhaps you are thinking that what you are eating (protein and fat)is hard for you to digest? Just curious here.... if the latter is true then you may benefit from HCL/Betaine too.

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on July 11, 2012
at 01:09 AM

Are you eating more vegs and fruit than you were pre-Paleo. Your body might be adjusting to the increased fiber. Also, high-FODMAP fruit and veg can be particularly bloating. I don't think it's the ketchup.

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on July 10, 2012
at 07:19 PM

I just started typing your second sentence then looked up :).

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on July 10, 2012
at 07:15 PM

"moderately paleo" doesn't tell us too much, we don't know what you're eating. It's likely what you can remove from your diet to help with the bloating, not what you can add. But we need to know what you're eating first.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on July 10, 2012
at 07:19 PM

I just started typing your second sentence then looked up :).

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on July 10, 2012
at 10:34 PM

Sometimes the switch to Paleo can bring on some unwanted symptoms, especially if you have underlying problems with gut health. I have found a lot of help with bloating when I follow a Paleo protocol for SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). You can learn about it here:

http://www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/paleo-diet-and-SIBO.html

It has also cleared up a lot of abdominal pain that started when I switched to Paleo several years ago.

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on July 10, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Different foods can cause this for different people - when you changed your diet, did you introduce (or start eating more of) anything in particular?

For me it's oats; for you it might be something else. Dairy is a likely culprit if you eat it. If you can't pin down any probable causes, I'd go strict Paleo (not "moderately Paleo," whatever that means) for several weeks, and see if that helps. If yes, start adding stuff back in and notice what causes problems. If no, try eliminating other foods that many people have trouble with (raw veggies?)

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on January 29, 2013
at 01:33 AM

I agree with the veggie part. I actually get a little bloated from cooked veggies. I need to eat them raw if I don't want to feel bloated. Some people are the opposite.

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on July 11, 2012
at 01:36 AM

This happens to me when I eat a lot of carbs or any wheat gluten. I literally look like I've gained 10 lbs in my stomach overnight!

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on August 11, 2012
at 12:43 AM

How are you Chinaeskimo?

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on July 10, 2012
at 10:17 PM

You may be low in digestive enzymes and or HCL/Betaine (stomach acid)

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on July 10, 2012
at 09:58 PM

Soy sauce has gluten in it as well, the same protein that makes wheat toxic. After eating mostly paleo your body might be more sensitive to it and have a poor reaction. I know when I get a dose of gluten I bloat so much that we joke about me having a wheat baby.

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on July 10, 2012
at 07:23 PM

Sometimes, even something as simple as a large quantity of food (duh) can cause that. If that's not the culprit, try eliminating goitrogens and FODMAPs for a couple weeks and see if that makes a difference.

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on January 27, 2013
at 08:10 PM

i have the same problem as you, i went from a diet of cheerios, granola bars, cereal, tea with sugar, graham crackers, bananas, yogurt and fruit (thats essentially all i ate for years, and chocolate) to a paleo diet and ive always had IBS problems but it was far worse when i went paleo. on this diet i was super skinny. i was paleo for 10 months trying to solve my IBS but it just got worse, and instead of just having diarrhea when i had to go i was also being bloated 24.7 and gained 20 lbs. i was 5'8 and 120 lbs eating all grains/carbs/fruits/sugar before (i maybe ate 2 bites of steak twice a year on my fruit/grain/sugar/tea diet) to 5'8 and 140 lbs and constantly bloating. now i am so uncomfortable in my own skin and i am beginning to hate my body and the decision to go paleo. i think it is a great template for eating better foods but when i cut carbs to 50-70g per day and ate a high fat diet all i did was gain weight and be bloated all of the time. i am trying to eat less fat now and more carbs and not be so strict because clearly i gave it a whole 10 months and i feel like i just destroyed my body instead. now i am sad and trying really hard to find a way to lose the weight i gained and to stop the bloating. i dont know how. i eat low calorie, sometimes less than 1000 per day, maybe 70-90g carbs. i used to run every day sometimes twice a day about 3miles each time and now since ive moved i find it hard to run in the city and also my job is 10 hour days in a call center so you can imagine how irritated my body is. i started doing yoga but i find it hard to get in the same amount of exercize i used to do with the long hours at my job and trying to run in the city sucks and is totally uninspiring (vs a beautiful trail i used to run..)

i dont know what to suggest for you, i would leave out the ketchup. ketchup makes me bloat instantly ..if im having a good day with no bloat and i even have a lick, thats it, im 5 months pregnant instantly...

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C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

on August 11, 2012
at 12:40 AM

This is happening to me right now. I think it might be because I need more carbs. And I think it will go away on its own. Although, it doesn't hurt unless I poke it really hard. And it's not gas. ...

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on August 11, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Im just curious how not eating enough carbs would cause bloating? Perhaps you are thinking that what you are eating (protein and fat)is hard for you to digest? Just curious here.... if the latter is true then you may benefit from HCL/Betaine too.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

(468)

on August 12, 2012
at 01:55 AM

waaaay more than others. Just the other day I could have passed for 3 or 4 months pregnant. But the week before, that area was much smaller. I'd like to know why so I can fix it... Thank you.

C0c839648b31512515daaffe8e4e9ad1

(468)

on August 12, 2012
at 01:54 AM

I was actually thinking it may have just been menstrual-related and that my body was storing up water/carbs (ie making me more hungry as well) in preparation for putting my body into overdrive ie pms. So I figured that if I ate more carbs, then it might cause the bloating to go down and my energy levels to go up. But really, maybe it's just fat and maybe I'm just hungry.. I read just now that carbs can make you hungrier, and I have been eating more carbs. My "fat" seems to reapportion itself all over my body all the time! I have a low bmi, but still not a flat tummy and sometimes it sticks out

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on July 10, 2012
at 11:55 PM

This happened to me the other day. In probably a 24-hour span, after a 20-hour fast, I ate 3500 calories in protein, fast and starchy carbs. I definitely felt a little backed up for a day or two and still feeling it a bit today. None of the foods were different than normal, but the sheer volume got me I think.

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on July 10, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Drop the ketchup and soy sauce.If you're eating that little, it may not feel like a big restriction. The sugar in the ketchup can cause bloating, certainly. Be really cautios with fruit for awhile for the same reason. While organic and grass-fed are ideals, you can still eat Paleo without adhering to that. I agree with Miked and JayJay, it's unlikely that you need to add something and more likely that you need to take something away.

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on July 10, 2012
at 09:14 PM

To elaborate on moderately paleo - I consume roughly a tbs of ketchup a day and roughly 2-3 tbs of soy sauce a week, also I am not eating all organic or grass fed meat.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on July 11, 2012
at 01:09 AM

Are you eating more vegs and fruit than you were pre-Paleo. Your body might be adjusting to the increased fiber. Also, high-FODMAP fruit and veg can be particularly bloating. I don't think it's the ketchup.

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