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Fitness coach Hannah Dales shares how to stop bloating on Instagram

When Australian personal trainer Hannah Dales shared a photo of her bloated stomach on her Instagram account, many of her more followers thought she was announcing her pregnancy.

But this was not the case. 

Known for her no-nonsense, straight talking approach to wellbeing on social media, Hannah, 27, believes that everyone should make time for their health and be completely honest about the everyday physical struggles they experience. 

Personal trainer and nutrition coach Hannah Dales (pictured) is smashing social media stereotypes by sharing honest images of herself in a bid to inspire women to accept and embrace their own bodies

Personal trainer and nutrition coach Hannah Dales (pictured) is smashing social media stereotypes by sharing honest images of herself in a bid to inspire women to accept and embrace their own bodies

Personal trainer and nutrition coach Hannah Dales (pictured) is smashing social media stereotypes by sharing honest images of herself in a bid to inspire women to accept and embrace their own bodies

'I'm bloated more days than I'm not and only now am I seeking help from a professional to really knuckle down and figure out what is the main cause,' she said

'I'm bloated more days than I'm not and only now am I seeking help from a professional to really knuckle down and figure out what is the main cause,' she said

‘I’m bloated more days than I’m not and only now am I seeking help from a professional to really knuckle down and figure out what is the main cause,’ she said

So when she posted two side by side images of herself to her personal account, one bloated and one not, she received a slew of positive comments praising her honesty and transparency from women who suffer from chronic bloating themselves. 

‘I’m bloated more days than I’m not and only now am I seeking help from a professional to really knuckle down and figure out what is the main cause of these issues,’ she said. 

‘I have been down so many avenues to try help with my bloating; the elimination process, cutting out gluten, dairy, eggs, wheat, using probiotics and supplements to help with gut health etc, all of which have helped in some way.

‘But for me, my issues are more than a food intolerance.’ 

Hannah (left, the morning of a bikini competition in 2014 and right, in more recent times) wants women to develop a positive, healthy outlook towards their bodies and become less fixated on having a six pack or the perfect perky derriere

Hannah (left, the morning of a bikini competition in 2014 and right, in more recent times) wants women to develop a positive, healthy outlook towards their bodies and become less fixated on having a six pack or the perfect perky derriere

Hannah (left, the morning of a bikini competition in 2014 and right, in more recent times) wants women to develop a positive, healthy outlook towards their bodies and become less fixated on having a six pack or the perfect perky derriere

Ms Dales reassured her followers that many factors are responsible for bloating in women, including hormonal changes especially in the days immediately before and after a menstrual cycle

Ms Dales reassured her followers that many factors are responsible for bloating in women, including hormonal changes especially in the days immediately before and after a menstrual cycle

Ms Dales reassured her followers that many factors are responsible for bloating in women, including hormonal changes especially in the days immediately before and after a menstrual cycle

Ms Dales reassured her followers that many factors are responsible for bloating in women, including hormonal changes especially in the days immediately before and after a menstrual cycle. 

Her Instagram post clearly resonated with social media users, as people wrote in solidarity to say ‘this is legit me right now’ and ‘I couldn’t agree with you more – a very true and powerful post’.

One of Hannah’s followers commented that she had only learned to accept her bloated stomach recently, adding that she ‘already feels better’ about her body.

The fitness star thanked fans for their messages, sharing that one follower contacted her to say that she thought she was the only girl to experience such intense temporary swelling. 

The 27 year old trainer wants women to have a positive outlook about their bodies

The 27 year old trainer wants women to have a positive outlook about their bodies

Hannah (pictured left and right), a Brisbane native, is open and honest about her struggles with bloating and other common body issues on Instagram

Hannah is widely praised for her supportive, genuine approach to assisting people with weight loss

Hannah is widely praised for her supportive, genuine approach to assisting people with weight loss

Hannah (pictured left and right), a Brisbane native, is open and honest about her struggles with bloating and other common body issues on Instagram

Hannah’s top tips for ‘beating the bloat’

* Warm water with lemon and two cap fulls of apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning (through a straw if you sensitive teeth due to the acidity)

 * If you snack on nuts, try to buy a brand that is ‘activated’ for easier digestion and absorption (they are more expensive, but Hannah says that they have made a difference to her bloating)

* For Hannah, onions and garlic tend to trigger bloating so she tries to avoid the seasonings as much as possible.

 * Track what you are eating for five days and make notes of what specific foods leave you feeling heavy and lethargic. This way, you can cut down or eliminate problematic products from your diet.

So with her years of experience in fitness and health, what does Hannah advise for women (and men) struggling with recurring bloat?  

Hannah starts her work day at 4am with a stomach-soothing mug of warm water, lemon and two dashes of apple cider vinegar to aid digestion.

As a general rule, she says that food stuffs which tend to trigger bloating most severely are products containing gluten, dairy, large volumes of egg and wheat, adding that you should always seek professional guidance about suspected food intolerance before cutting any major nutrients out of your diet.

She also recommends taking a probiotic supplement once a day to promote healthy bacteria in the gut.

Using inflammatory garnishes such as garlic and onion can cause bloating to flare up, so Ms Dales tries to steer clear of these as much as she can.

Hannah, 27, (pictured) enjoys life to the full while maintaining her healthy physique

Hannah, 27, (pictured) enjoys life to the full while maintaining her healthy physique

Hannah has improved her own relationship with both her body and with food over the past three years, learning to embrace her natural shape while still keeping fit and active at all times

If you eat a lot of nuts, the Instagram star suggests paying a little extra for an ‘activated’ kind, which helps with digestion and absorption in the intestinal tract.

Finally, Hannah encourages people to keep a food diary for a week or so, making notes of the kinds of food or drink that leave you feeling stodgy. 

If you can pinpoint particular meals or snacks that trigger bloating, it may be advisable to discuss your findings with a licensed health practitioner.

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