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Continuing to Wear Pants That You Struggle to Button Up

Why it Doesn't Work: A tight waistband puts the squeeze on your insides. "Air can't move through—it's like having a clamp on your GI system," says Chutkan.

The Better Idea: Change into looser pants or, if you're at the office or the opera or otherwise in public, discreetly undo the top button to give your digestive system some room to maneuver. And, in general, make sure your clothes fit, because wearing tight pants, waist-cinching dresses that are a tad too small, etc., can cause bloat—even with a healthy diet. "An aspirational closet will not do your digestion any favors," Chutkan says. Embrace your size and enjoy a happier GI system.