All You Ever Wanted To Know About Nutrisystem
When starting a new diet for the first time, there will be some digestive changes you'll need to get used to. The Nutrisystem gas problem that some dieters complain about is one of them.
Do you get a lot of gas (flatulence) when eating Nutrisystem diet meals?
This article might help you to understand why that is and what can be done about it.
What Causes Flatulence?
With the meals supplied by Nutrisystem, there is an emphasis on eating high levels of dietary fiber. This is mainly to help you keep feeling full for longer.
Fiber is generally a good thing to consume in a balanced diet. This is because it helps with the health of your gut microbiome which in turn helps you digest food better.
This is a good thing, since it is often said that with dieting, there is no gain without cost!
Because fiber from vegetables is not digested quickly, it slows down the onset of hunger. This is a good thing when you're eating smaller meals than you're probably used to.
If you're not accustomed to eating higher levels of vegetable fiber, your digestive system needs to adjust to the new eating regime. It is quite common to experience additional fermentation in the gut.
This causes more gas to be produced, which can make you feel more bloated than usual. The resulting additional gas also needs to find its way out of your body, which can be a source of mild embarrassment for some people.
Should You Be Worried?
In most cases, there is nothing to worry about. Your digestive system will get used to the additional fiber after a day or two and the flatulence should return to normal levels.
Note: Sorry to say, but we all need to let off some of that excess gas from time to time!
If the gassiness does not abate after a few days, you should get in contact with Nutrisystem support for expert advice.
Too Much Fiber
Normally, you will not be consuming too much fiber with Nutrisystem meals plus additional veggies that you buy from the store to add to the meals.
Fiber is actually an important part of a well balanced diet for good health. However, some people are concerned about getting too much fiber, so I'll address this too.
Studies show that when too much fiber is consumed throughout the day, people can experience some side effects. One of these is called gastrointestinal distress and this can include symptoms such as bloating, cramping and flatulence.
When you first start a Nutrisystem diet, the food will contain low glycemic carbs to reduce the blood sugar spike associated with eating refined grains (high glycemic).
For grain-based carbs to have a lower glycemic index, they are produced from whole grains. This may be another aspect that your digestion is not accustomed to dealing with. The result is extra gas production.
Extra gas can be a side-effect of eating meals with higher fiber content when you're not used to it, especially from whole grains as is common to many dishes in the Nutrisystem menu.
The gassiness usually abates after a two or more days as your digestion gets used to the extra fiber.
For most dieters, this is nothing to be concerned about, but if these symptoms persist, contact Nutrisystem support.
Posted: Dec 19, 2021