A bodybuilder & figure competitor has revealed how eating certain foods can transform her six-pack into a protruding belly in minutes.
Michelle Middleton from Portland, Oregon transformed her body in 2015 after she ditched cardio and crash diets for weightlifting six times a week and a balanced diet of protein and carbs.
However, despite her new trim physique and virtuous lifestyle, she often suffers from extreme bloating.
Michelle Middleton’s impressive washboard stomach swells up in just minutes after she eats certain ‘trigger’ foods. The young woman ends up extremely bloated after eating products like yogurts, watermelon, broccoli, and asparagus.
She has released pictures to show how swollen her stomach gets – and says others are stunned by the extent of the bloating. In an Instagram post, she explained:
“When I say I’m bloated… I’m bloated,”
“I do these bloat posts every now and then but people still get surprised at how big my belly gets.”
“Yes I get bloated and it happens when I eat certain foods.”
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When I say I’m bloated… I’m bloated ?. I do these bloat posts every now and then but people still get surprised at how big my belly gets. Yes I get bloated and it happens when I eat certain foods. I pretty much know which foods are going to do it (high FODMAP) but sometimes I will eat it anyways ?. Like earlier I had Greek yogurt and I got bloated within a few minutes but the bloat only lasted for a few hours and now I’m back to normal ?. The foods that make me the most bloated are yogurts, protein powders, apples, pears, watermelon, broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus.
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“Impossible is not a fact but an opinion.” I use to think it was impossible for me to ever lose weight, to be lean, to be strong, to ever compete in a bodybuilding show. And no, it’s not impossible. Not for me and not for you. You CAN reach your goals. Yes it’s going to take really freakn hard work. If it was easy then we would all be walking around in our dream bods. It takes some knowledge, patience, consistency and discipline. We all get tired, lazy, cravings, would rather do this or that than go to the gym etc but choosing to put effort into your goals when you don’t feel like it is when it’s going to pay off in the long run. To all the girls messaging me about how they are discouraged, lost, feeling like a failure … don’t give up. I’ve felt all of these and more in the past. I started this account day one of my fitness journey and all of my mistakes and successes are there for everyone to see. I think what got me this far was never giving up and working really hard. I’m still to this day working on achieving my goals. #hardworkpaysoff
Michelle added that her bloating happens when she eats certain foods — that aren’t’ part of her usual low FODMAP Diet.
The Low FODMAP Diet is often followed by people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or digestion disorders and bans foods such as asparagus, celery, sweet corn, dairy and most wheat-based products.
It focuses on cutting out short-chain carbohydrates which are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and can cause a host of digestive issues.
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@diegodelatorre_fit said something the other day that made me think about things. I asked about his thoughts on a friend who likes to drink but wants to clean up their diet. He said Is it beneficial to the body or are you doing it for pleasure? You need to eat for function not for taste. How many of us actually do this? Eat for the nutrients and to fuel the body to function properly or eat for a certain goal/performance? I try and think about that every time the thoughts of Oreos etc pop in my head. I'm definitely wanting those Oreos because they taste good not because I actually need them or will benefit from them ?. Just another habit change I will be working on. #foodforthought Habit changes are the way to go btw. It's harder and takes time but the results are lasting. This is why fad diet don't work in the long run. You can't expect to eat a certain way, lose the weight and then go back to eating the way you were or worse. That's how you rebound. AND that's why I'm working hard to stick to my nutrition plan and making some lifestyle changes even though I'm not competing for another year. I'm constantly learning and want to apply what I know/experienced with my contest prep which is.. • Nutrition is everything. You truly cannot out train a bad diet. If your not getting results then it's most probably your diet. • Consistency – if you stay consistent with your nutrition and training you WILL see results. So be patient. • Calories actually matter. I thought the type of foods or macros mattered more than calories for staying lean but I was wrong. You won't lose weight/fat unless your in some sort of deficit. • Carbs are amazing and not the enemy – Eating more carbs (complex) made my body look 10x better than when I was eating low carb, high fat etc. I am now very pro carbohydrates ??. • Drink your water – Drinking more water helps you hold on to less water weight • Eat "cleaner" – Whole foods and foods cooked at home seem to make the body look way better than processed food/eating out. A iifym diet where the majority of your meals are whole foods seems to get the best results. Happy #transformationtuesday!! Nutrition & workout plan from @codywatkinsfitness
However, sometimes she deliberately eats foods that will leave her bloated.
“I pretty much know which foods are going to do it (high FODMAP) but sometimes I will eat it anyways,” Michelle wrote in the Instagram post.”
“Like earlier I had Greek yogurt and I got bloated within a few minutes but the bloat only lasted for a few hours and now I’m back to normal.”
“The foods that make me the most bloated are yogurts, protein powders, apples, pears, watermelon, broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus.”
The photo has since gone viral, and hundreds of women have taken to the comments section of the post to share their own bloating stories, and reveal the foods they avoid.
“Me too! It’s so crazy how much of a difference it makes eating certain foods.
“I honestly look 7kg heavier everywhere when I’m bloated — it’s so wild.”
User @kristindurley thanked the fitness enthusiast for her honesty and shared that she always thought she was suffering alone:
“I seriously thought I was the only one who bloats that much.
Some people say they are bloated and you can’t even tell, meanwhile I am over here looking five months pregnant! Solidarity”.
Admitting that she still struggles to stick to her diet, Michelle also shared in a separate post that prepping her food is key to meeting her nutrition goals.
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I ended up placing 1rst in True Novice and 2nd in the open ?. The dieting and dedication to be in this sport is unreal. But being able to bring the best you've got in the finals moments makes it worth it. Thank you to everyone who supported me these past few weeks ❤️. Especially big thank you to @diegodelatorre_fit for being my rock and constant motivation, @nan_cia for making sure I didn't mess up my diet ? and my coach @codywatkinsfitness for pushing me to do this show even when I didn't think I could do it. And yes I totally stuffed my face till I got a food baby. I had the mango cheese cake, raspberry chocolate gâteau cake and macaroons from @papahaydn, the woody royale burger and fries from @tiltitup along with their homemade strawberry rhubarb pie with ice cream and Oreos pb pie. I also had a slice of pizza, peanut butter and jelly sand which and lots of bites of random things I had cravings for during prep. Woke up feeling great and ready for some epic pancakes ?. I also want a cappuccino, flat white or latte. I haven't had delicious coffee in weeks ??. I only get one more cheat meal and then coach says it's back to prep. My next show is August 17th so I've got a few more weeks to bring a better package. #npc #npcoregon #figurecompetitor
“Nutrition is not my strong point. I can go to the gym every day, train hard, lift for hours, do cardio etc easy but trying to stick to my diet is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
I looooove food so much. You just gotta think about your end goal and take it one day at a time.”
What is the low FODMAP diet?
- The low FODMAP diet was developed by a team at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
- FODMAPs are a collection of short-chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols found in foods naturally or as food additives.
- It’s now been successfully adapted in the UK by researchers at King’s College London and implemented at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London.
- FODMAP is an acronym for “Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyols” — Catchy, right?
- Put simply, these are sugars and carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed by the small intestine and digestive system — leaving them able to feed intestinal bacteria.
- As such, high FODMAP foods can fuel symptoms such as pain, bloating, and flatulence in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
- The low FODMAP diet seeks to avoid these foods — a list which includes garlic, onions, cakes, and cheese.