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Dieting with IBS

It's that time of year again. I've started dieting and eating free foods fruit but mainly lots of veg ( all the good things they tell you to eat) but I'm suffering with awful/ severe bloating, stomach cramps and gas, and actually look9 months pregnant. It's so upsetting as I'm trying to loose weight to feel better and improve my health. Someone suggested pro/ pre biotics but after looking online I'm so confused. Can anyone recommend anything? Thanking you x

  1. Hi and welcome to our community!


    First of all: you're not alone with this. Unfortunately, this is a problem many IBS sufferers experience. Here's an article from one of our contributors about her experience with the paleo diet, for example: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/living/paleo-diet
    For me, every time I tried to eat healthy in the past it just caused me SO many digestive symptoms and I'm pretty sure that being sick all day wasn't in fact 'healthy' for me.


    That being said, what works for me is balancing vegetables with carbs. So if I'm trying to eat a healthy meal, I'll add white rice to it so it doesn't upset my IBS too much. Eating smaller quantities of veggies also helps me.
    As for losing weight, some form of intermittent fasting works really well for me AND it also helps my IBS. I actually stopped eating dinner at one point because my IBS would flare really bad at night, and I lost quite a bit of weight without even trying. We're all different though, so it's important to find something that works well for you.


    As for probiotics, I would definitely suggest discussing them with a doctor or pharmacist first, as there are so many different kinds. I've tried several different ones and some made my symptoms worse, while others work well for me. Here's an article about probiotics and IBS that might interest you: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/treatment/probiotics.


    I hope that other community members will soon share their recommendations with you! Wishing you all the best, Karina (team member)

    1. I echo everything has shared here. Speaking with a pharmacist or your doctor is best when considering a new treatment like a pre/probiotic. The balance of various "healthy" foods with IBS is different for everyone. I had great luck when working with a registered dietitian. They were able to suggest things I never would have thought of. I hope this helps! Take care -- Samantha, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

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