I always feel so bloated after eating

United States
June 15, 2012 6:06pm CST
I noticed that whenever I eat a meal, my stomach feels pretty bloated afterwards. This even happens even though I don't eat tons of food. I eat pretty average sized meals but my goodness, sometimes I just feel so bloated after. I'm not sure if it's because I'm skinny to begin with and then all the food just hits my stomach and makes me feel bigger. I just went out to dinner with my parents and right after eating my tummy felt bloated. I don't think there's anything wrong, I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas about this or if it happens to them
5 responses
• United States
15 Jun 12
I get like this with all most al of my meals. except when I eat fruit of candy.. I think it is the gut being full of food and expanding is all.
• United States
16 Jun 12
I'm glad I'm not the only one this happens to. I didn't think there was anything bad, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't the only one who felt so bloated after eating meals. You're probably right that it's just the stomach full of food
• United States
26 Jun 12
I'm comfortable with 6 ounces of food. If I eat much more than that I don't feel good at all. CourtKnee.. I think your body is talking to you. If you weren't feeling this way and now you are, your body must be saying something, and you need to figure out what it is telling you. You might try eating less than what you normally do to not stretch out your stomach. Your stomach is normally the size of your fist. Just about the size of your heart, if not a bit smaller. Try eating half or a little more than half of what you normally eat and see if you still feel like you are bloated. Also look at your bowel habits... constipation can cause stomach bloating. Other things that cause it are stress, smoking and anxiety. Foods that cause it are broccoli, soda (cokes and other soft drinks), chewing gum, eating veggies such as cabbage, lettuce... and fruits such as apples and peaches.. there may be others... So just look at what you are eating, and how much you are eating, and if you smoke. Feeling bloated isn't normal.. there is usually a reason for it, if you weren't feeling bloated before.
• United States
27 Jun 12
Hmm, maybe it's the soda. I drink almost one every day and I usually feel bloated either after eating at a restaurant or when I have soda with my meal. I think that may be what makes me feel like that. Now that I think about it, I usually only feel really full when I've had soda with whatever I'm eating and it makes me feel bigger than normal. After a little bit the feeling goes away.
@rog0322 (2772)
• Philippines
16 Jun 12
Hi: Just watch your weight, that's all there is to it. Feeling full is normal after eating, don't overdo it, just the right amount of food and the right weight for your age and size. If you are not fat, then, we should envy you for you can eat all you can with ample room for growth.
• United States
16 Jun 12
No, I'm definitely not fat or overweight. I think I just feel extra bloated because I'm so skinny to begin with and once the food settles in my stomach I feel slightly bigger. I don't think there's anything wrong, I just think it's all the food settling in my stomach that makes me feel bloated.
@mikyung (2236)
• Philippines
15 Jun 12
Hi courtknee! It happened to me for the past few months not until I found out that I have a condition in my digestive system. I had inflamed gallbladder or cholecystitis as medical people say. You may consider having it check if you have the chance, consult a doctor. If it's chonic, it maybe something is going on your stomach or somewhere. This is not to scare you or something but just want to give you an advice. Oh, good news, I had it operated last December and I have no feeling of that ever since, I'm pain-free. Be well. Goodluck.
• United States
16 Jun 12
thank you, I hope it's nothing serious for me. I don't have any pain after eating, my stomach just feels like it's bloated. I'm thinking it's normal but I'll probably mention it the next time I go to the doctor.
@PageTurner (2831)
• United States
15 Jun 12
I have this same problem, courtknee525. This is why I don't eat before I slip into a bikini and head off to the beach. It doesn't seem to matter how little I eat, I just feel bloated in my tummy. It pooks out a bit. I suggest that you take a Beano when you eat. That may help.
• United States
16 Jun 12
I usually only look a little bloated, but I feel like I'm huge lol. It usually only happens to me when I eat an actual meal. When I go to work and bring my lunch with me I don't feel like that. It seems to happen only when I eat heavier foods for dinner.
• United States
26 Jun 12
Hi carb meals (empty carbs like pasta and white bread) make me feel bloated and I think it is because the empty carbs just create lots of gas, and mess with the blood glucose levels in my body. I feel tired and just feel bloated in my stomach and below my stomach. When I eat whole grain and no empty carbs I don't have that... also portion sizes are important. As we get older (I know you are young, but you are getting older every day) we don't need as much food. Like pasta, the serving size is just a half cup.. 4 ounces... so when you dip into it and get a bunch... you (not you.. you in general) might be getting more than the body needs. I try not to eat more than 6 ounces of food at one time because I had the gastric bypass. Pay attention to what you eat... note your feelings of bloating with different foods you eat... like what triggers the bloating and what doesn't. That might be your guide of what not to eat.