A BODYBUILDER has revealed just how bloated she gets after eating certain foods.
Super-lean Michelle Middleton, from Oregon, USA, took to Instagram to show how eating certain foods can transform her six pack into a bulging belly within minutes.
Fitness enthusiast Michelle, who goes through phases of cutting and bulking because of her bodybuilding, first transformed her body in 2015 - after she swapped cardio and crash diets for weightlifting six times a week and a balanced diet of protein and carbs.
However, despite her current svelte physique, she often finds herself extremely bloated.
In a picture showing off the extent of her bloating, she wrote: "When I say I'm bloated ... I'm bloated.
"I do these bloat posts every now and then but people still get surprised at how big my belly gets."
When I say I’m bloated... I’m bloated 😂. I do these bloat posts every now and then but people still get surprised at how big my belly gets. Yes I get bloated and it happens when I eat certain foods. I pretty much know which foods are going to do it (high FODMAP) but sometimes I will eat it anyways 🙈. Like earlier I had Greek yogurt and I got bloated within a few minutes but the bloat only lasted for a few hours and now I’m back to normal 🤗. The foods that make me the most bloated are yogurts, protein powders, apples, pears, watermelon, broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus.
Michelle added that her bloating happens when she eats certain foods - that aren't' part of her usual low FODMAP Diet.
The Low FODMAP Diet is often followed by people who suffer from IBS or digestion disorders, and bans foods such as asparagus, celery, sweet corn, dairy and most wheat-based products.
Michelle added: "Earlier I had Greek yoghurt and I got bloated within a few minutes but the bloat only lasted for a few hours and now I'm back to normal.
"The foods that make me the most bloated are yoghurts, protein powders, apples, pears, watermelon, broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus."
The photo has since gone viral, and many other women have commented to share their own bloating stories.
One wrote: "Me too! It's so crazy how much of a difference it makes eating certain foods.
"I honestly look 7kg heavier everywhere when I'm bloated - it's so wild."
Another added: "I seriously thought I was the only one who bloats that much.
"Some people say they are bloated and you can't even tell, meanwhile I am over here looking five months pregnant! Solidarity".
I got messages today of girls discouraged because they can’t follow their plan perfectly. Do I follow mine 100% ? No, I mess up all the time 😂. It’s not about perfection but consistency. Me not giving up and continuously moving forward is what got me to where I am now. It takes hard work but it doesn’t have to be torture. I enjoy the training that I do. I like the foods that I eat. You need to find a plan that you can follow and that works for YOU. And remember that there are going to be ups and downs so don’t give up 💪🏼. ——————————————————— @wrkethicsupps code “madly” @paragonfitwear code “madlymish
What is the low FODMAP diet?
* The low FODMAP diet was developed by a team at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
* It's now been successfully adapted in the UK by researchers at King's College London and implemented at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust in London.
* FODMAP is an acronym for "Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyols" - Catchy, right?
* Put simply, these are sugars and carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed by the small intestine and digestive system - leaving them able to feed intestinal bacteria.
* As such, high FODMAP foods can fuel symptoms such as pain, bloating, and flatulence in people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
* The low FODMAP diet seeks to avoid these foods - a list which includes garlic, onions, cakes and cheese.
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