When I've finished off my bowl of pasta and can feel my stomach bloating to the size of a five-months-pregnant woman, I often pause for thought. Does everyone physically expand this much after eating, or is it just me?
Thankfully, I'm not the only one who bloats after most meals, but it doesn't make it any less frustrating. It means I have to think carefully about what I wear on a night out—anything skintight or figure hugging is more or less a complete no-no if I'm likely to consume food/ a drink with any kind of fizz in it.
But I don't want to start cutting out all the food that I love. Life would be miserable and who am I kidding? I don't have the determination to do that anyway. Which is why I was all ears when I heard about this super simple trick that can help significantly reduce the bloating you experience following a meal.
It's all to do with how you eat, not what you eat. Often, we'll eat quickly, on the move, or while we're talking, but experts warn this causes extra air to get trapped and leads your stomach to swell up.
But if you take time to chew your food properly, being mindful as you do it and don't just wolf it down, you won't take in so much air and may notice a reduction in the amount of bloat you suffer. Not only that, but eating more slowly gives your brain a chance to catch up with your stomach, understanding better when you're actually full and sending signals to stop, which prevents over-eating.
Well, it's worth a try, isn't it?
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.