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COPD and Weight Loss: Improving Your Appetite

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Increase fiber in your diet gradually to avoid gassiness. Drink enough fluids. Eat at least two servings of fiber rich fresh fruits and three servings of high fiber vegetables every day. Choose whole grain crackers and high fiber cereals. Your total dietary intake of fiber should be between 20-35 grams per day.

Tips to Avoid Bloating:

  • Talk with your health care provider about the exercise that''s right for you.
  • Eat small, frequent meals. If necessary, drink fluids one hour before, or one hour after a meal. This will decrease the amount of food in the stomach at one time.
  • Identify specific foods that may cause gas and bloating. Gas-forming foods may include onions, sauerkraut, cabbage, garlic, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and beer. Only avoid those that cause discomfort.
  • Monitor your tolerance to fatty or fried foods. High-fat foods are digested slowly. So they can also lead to a feeling of bloating.
  • Lactose may cause bloating. Lactose is found in the whey of liquid milk, yogurt, cottage cheese and fat-free milk sherbets. You may eat real cheese because the whey is removed. In addition, some medicines may contain lactose. If you are lactose-intolerant, ask for medicines without lactose.

 

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