Written on January 22, 2024 by Jordan Stachel, MS, RDN, CPT. To give you technically accurate, evidence-based information, content published on the Everlywell blog is reviewed by credentialed professionals with expertise in medical and bioscience fields.
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Sometimes when people are on a weight loss or body re-composition journey, they tune in to how their body feels on a more micro level. This can include wondering if you are feeling bloated or if you have gained weight. Read this article for everything you need to know.
Bloating is a general feeling of tightness or fullness that may be accompanied by a distention of the stomach. Bloating can range in severity and produce pain, gas, or abdominal sounds. There are many causes of bloating, which can range from acute or temporary to more significant and longer lasting. Some of the common causes for bloating can include :
To address bloating, it is important to get to the root cause. To do this, it is recommended to consult a qualified healthcare provider. Bloating can be very uncomfortable to live with day-to-day, especially if it is a more chronic case, so seeking professional assistance if you are having persistent bloating is highly recommended.
Body fat, or adipose tissue, is a type of connective tissue that all people have in their bodies. It is found under the skin, between organs, and in the cavities of the bone. Body fat has many use cases and functions within the body, including :
While people must have some adipose tissue in their bodies, the amount of adipose tissue that is healthy for each individual can vary. If you want to lose or gain fat mass, consult a qualified healthcare provider to help ensure that you do so safely and effectively. Striving to achieve a healthy level of adipose tissue for your body can help optimize your quality of life and general health outcomes.
If you feel like your stomach has gotten larger, you may wonder how to distinguish this as either bloating or fat tissue. The good news is that there are significant differences between bloating and adipose tissue. Some of these differences include :
If you are noticing differences in your body composition or functioning, such as changes in digestive functions, you may feel like it is out of your control. If you want to improve bloating, a team of healthcare professionals can help you get to the root cause. This process may take time, but bloating is typically something that people can improve.
If you are looking to change your body composition through the goal of losing or gaining fat tissue, it is also important to work with a professional. Based on your unique health status, preferences, medical history, and lifestyle, a professional can help you identify tangible steps toward achieving your body composition goals.
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Jordan Stachel, MS, RDN, CPT is most fulfilled when guiding others towards making stepwise, sustainable changes that add up to big results over time. Jordan works with a wide variety of individuals, ranging in age from children to the elderly, with an assortment of concerns and clinical conditions, and has written for publications such as Innerbody. She helps individuals optimize overall health and/or manage disease states using personalized medical nutrition therapy techniques.