Weight gain doesn’t happen all of a sudden, as if by magic. But sometimes we have the uncomfortable feeling that this is just what has happened! Like the day when you go to put on a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in a while, and your difficulty getting into them comes as a nasty shock! However, sometimes, weight fluctuates so greatly in such a short period of time that you have to ask yourself whether it’s actual weight gain or just bloating… You are sure to hope that it’s the latter, but asking yourself these questions will help you get to the heart of the matter.
1) Have I changed my lifestyle?
Is it really possible that you would have put on weight? Review your dietary habits, your daily activities and your stress levels. Even the smallest changes (like an hour or two less of sleep every night, or taking a new type of medication) could have an influence on your weight.
2) How do I look in the mornings?
Looking at yourself in the mirror (without judging yourself too harshly and trying to stay objective) can be a good indicator. If you go to sleep with a rounded, full tummy and you wake up with a stomach that is two sizes smaller the next morning, it is sure to be something happening in your intestines that is causing bloating.
3) How do I look after a meal?
When we suffer from bloating, we feel it while eating and after eating, but it varies. If you feel swollen and heavy after a meal but you have the feeling that it will soon pass, then it is likely to be bloating.