whats the best way to tone up a bloated belly

whats the best way to tone up a bloated belly

21 posts
26 June 2011
xdeex
Model
xdeex
just wondering what's the best way to tone up as my belly always bloats at shoots..

i'm on medication for IBS but tend to bloat out at shoots (all i have in the morning of a shoot is ham ..then when shooting fruit to give me a pick me up ..

i have been poorly for a while..  so exercise is hard..

i tend to do sit ups with somebody holding my feet as i cant do a full sit up as of osteoporosis..

my bloated belly is getting a bit out of control and i tend to get upset of the way i look (as i look pregnant)

i have had peptic ulcers in my belly before.. 

help would be much appreciated..

Debbie
Posted 26 June 2011
SerenDigital
Photographer
SerenDigital
You can't "tone" bloat. You need to work out what's making you bloat and then quite fundamentally not do whatever it is! IBS could be caused by many things, I suggest your doctor for either advice or referal to a specialist.

You also need to see someome about your osteoporosis. It doesn't fundamentally stop you doing a sit up and it IS often curable with a correct excercise program, If you have osteoporosis at your age you should also be on a program for eating and excersise from a specialist anyway.

Posted 26 June 2011
Edited by SerenDigital 26 June 2011
xdeex
Model
xdeex

i struggle to do a sit up because my back hurts a lot and thats where the osteoporosis mainly is as i had a dexter scan ..i have bones of an 80 year old they said when i had my scan..(long story as to why i have osteoporosis)..but your correct i should be on an eating programme by the doctor but to be honest there pretty useless around my area.. i have a calcium tablet with vitamin D ..i try to walk to help my bones..i have a physiotherapist she wants me to buy a product for acupuncture ..

but its the bloating thats bothering me..as i cant shoot with a "pregnant belly" ..so hopefully theres something out there that might help..

Debbie

Posted 26 June 2011
celtic_iron
Photographer
celtic_iron
Do you think it could be certain foods or drinks that make you bloat? I know you said you only eat ham before the shoot, but maybe there is something else?

Posted 26 June 2011
xdeex
Model
xdeex
celtic_iron

Do you think it could be certain foods or drinks that make you bloat? I know you said you only eat ham before the shoot, but maybe there is something else?


yeah for a shoot i only eat ham.. and maybe some grapes during the shoot

but on a normal day ,,

breakfast is an apple..

dinner is chicken breast with salad..

evening is refreshers 2 apples and maybe some rice cakes with Philadelphia topping on top..

and thats about it ..

Debbie
Posted 26 June 2011
fizzy
Model
fizzy
xdeex

yeah for a shoot i only eat ham.. and maybe some grapes during the shoot

but on a normal day ,,

breakfast is an apple..

dinner is chicken breast with salad..

evening is refreshers 2 apples and maybe some rice cakes with Philadelphia topping on top..

and thats about it ..

Debbie


Do you drink anything other than water? It could be something like caffeine or fizzy drinks (fizzy drinks give me horrendous acid reflux).

Posted 26 June 2011
Edited by fizzy 26 June 2011
SerenDigital
Photographer
SerenDigital
xdeex
yeah for a shoot i only eat ham.. and maybe some grapes during the shoot but on a normal day ,, breakfast is an apple.. dinner is chicken breast with salad.. evening is refreshers 2 apples and maybe some rice cakes with Philadelphia topping on top.. and thats about it .. Debbie
This is not healthy. You could be actually bloating through lack of calories and proper nutrition. Please, don't ask these questions o an internet forum, you must seek proper medical advice. You should also be doing weight bearing exercises to help your osteoporosis, lifting weights and things, but ONLY under professional supervision. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis myself and am back to virtually a healthy state for my age now, so it can be stopped in it's tracks. You must get professional medical advice for your diet though, that is not enough food and nutrition to sustain your body.
Posted 26 June 2011
xdeex
Model
xdeex
fizzy

Do you drink anything other than water? It could be something like caffeine or fizzy drinks (fizzy drinks give me horrendous acid reflux).



drink wise i have cranberry water and asda's orange squash  ..

i don't drink fizzy drinks as they make me bloat even more..

Debbie
Posted 26 June 2011
xdeex
Model
xdeex
SerenDigital

This is not healthy. You could be actually bloating through lack of calories and proper nutrition. Please, don't ask these questions o an internet forum, you must seek proper medical advice. You should also be doing weight bearing exercises to help your osteoporosis, lifting weights and things, but ONLY under professional supervision. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis myself and am back to virtually a healthy state for my age now, so it can be stopped in it's tracks. You must get professional medical advice for your diet though, that is not enough food and nutrition to sustain your body.



thank you for your help..

i think il book an appointment with the doctor tomorrow..

they dont tend to do enough for me and the lack of care that is given to me is appalling ..

i should have a dietician but this is not provided (i use to have one when i suffered anorexia) but the doctors dont tend to like me focusing on my diet as of anorexia in the past..at one point i weighed 3 and a half stone..

Debbie

Posted 26 June 2011
i was diagnosed with ibs (although i have no symptoms other than bloating and a growling stomach, if you find the answer id be very interested to know, i usually dont eat at all before or at shoots for this reason and i can be pretty hard if you have a 8-9 hour shoot
ratsx

Posted 26 June 2011
xdeex
Model
xdeex
rattusratus

i was diagnosed with ibs (although i have no symptoms other than bloating and a growling stomach, if you find the answer id be very interested to know, i usually dont eat at all before or at shoots for this reason and i can be pretty hard if you have a 8-9 hour shoot ratsx



i agree ..

it is hard trying not to eat before a shoot and you could have a long day ahead travelling places etc etc..

if i find an answer to this i will let you know for definite..

but at the moment still wondering why myself..

Debbie  
Posted 26 June 2011
:-/ asking to consult a nutritionist should never be discouraged...even with your history. The rice cakes don't sound too good, nor the philidephia as that's simple carbs/starch and dairy before bed (your digestive system slows down when your sleeping). Your diet is lacking considerably and probably not even remotely stimulating your digestive tract (even with your IBS).

Have you thought about changing what you eat before a shoot? Why ham specifically? It's normally quite salty, pumped with water and the energy contribution I would have thought not really sufficient at a shoot...

I've recently changed over from one way of eating to another (due to dietry cycling) and found simple carbs have made me bloat considerably (as much as i want to go back onto slow-carb, bulking says "noooooo" so the spuds, milk and durum pasta stays). This is in addition to the fact that i'm lifting ridiculously heavy weights at the moment, so no workout is going to stop your intestinal tract from doing what it does best.

Like serendigital has said, asking online is of no use, go to your GP and if they "say xyz", demand "abc". They'll be reluctant but they've got an oath they need to keep to, and denying you access to someone who could effectively help reduce/stop your bloating and improve your diet planning would be going against said oath! (or something to that effect)


(As for the situps, have you looked at a swiss ball or, if that's too high, a bosu ball?..or, knee to chest tucks hanging off a pullup bar)

Posted 26 June 2011
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Do you eat/drink diet products?  (eg. diet soft drinks etc.)

Most of them include a sweetner called Aspartame (aka NutrasweetTM) and this stuff really makes me feel like sh*t.  Other common sugar substitute sweetners are Acesulfame and Sucralose, both of which don't seem to affect me but are harder to find, especially in drinks (be it fizzy, squash or otherwise).  Bear in mind some full-fat foods also contain Aspartame to boost the flavour or simply assist in reducing calories rather than using just pure sugar.

Worth a try to see if removing this from your diet helps.


EDIT:  Just found #ixzz1NXubksAm">THIS in the 'Ban Aspartame' group on FB (there's lots on the internet about it though) and this segment seems relevant:

"Despite this verdict, the FSA is currently recruiting volunteers for an investigation into anecdotal reports of ill health, including headaches and stomach upsets, associated with aspartame."
 
Posted 27 June 2011
Edited by RedChecker 27 June 2011
River
Model
River
I also have IBS, I started a thread about bloating a little while ago. Have a look at it- it may be able to help you.
My advice would be to keep a 'food diary'. See if you can determin which foods are making you bloat. I tend to stay away from pastas/breads, as they tend to make me bloat.

Posted 27 June 2011
2muchglam
Photographer
2muchglam
Sorry if this has already been answered but are you on any steroid meds and calcium tablets ?
Posted 27 June 2011
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