You haven’t gained weight and you are not pregnant, but still your jeans are straining at the waist. So, what’s the problem?

One of the reasons for that is the slow digestive system, because of the puffy midsection, which can be a result of bloat, instead of fat, especially in women over 40. In this article we are going to present you the most common cases:

Digestive disorders

Most of the people have problems like bloating, gas, distension and other symptoms, because of the various functional gastrointestinal disorders like IBS, ulcerative colitis,  and celiac disease.

Fluid retention

Sometimes some bodily fluids can be stored around the body, such as near the abdomen or pelvis area,  which causes excess bloating and temporary weight gain. You can also notice how clothes and jewelry become tighter and they can cause pain around joints or tightness in the skin. In some cases maybe it is a liver disease, and also rarely even from cancer.


Have you ever noticed that the day after you’ve been eating some salty foods or drinking alcohol, you became dehydrated and bloated as a result of that? This maybe sounds counterintuitive to you, but as much water you drink or consume some heavy water foods, you will be dealing with less bloating, because you will be hydrated. Both dehydration and electrolyte imbalances halt digestion and make it hard to “stay regular.”

When the body is trying to recover from the dehydration,  it holds on to excess water to prevent the situation from happening again — plus you might find yourself becoming constipated. This means that when you finally drink more fluids, you are more likely to store them around your midsection and feel extra puffy.


This is maybe one of the most obvious reasons for having a bloated stomach, and you need to go to the bathroom. Constipation may cause stool in order to stay in the intestines, leaving you with a hard – feeling stomach, as well as pain , discomfort and gas. One of the most common reasons for constipation are: eating too little fiber, not consuming enough water, being too sedentary – or avoiding physical activities and stress.