Have you ever felt that no matter how hard you exercise and do your best to eat right your mid-section doesn’t change? This happens because not all tummies are caused by excessive weight, so your efforts to lose weight simply won`t help.
2 Main Types of Belly Fat
1. Visceral Fat
This belly type is associated with too much body fat. While men typically carry their fat around their mid-section, many women carry their fat in their thighs, hips, chest area, and the arms. When these areas run out of space, the fat starts affecting the middle. The most dangerous thing regarding this fat is that it accumulates around internal organs too, increasing the risk for type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In women, it might lead to breast cancer as well.
Solution: Proper diet and exercise.
2. Love Handles
Love handles are yet another sign of visceral fat. It indicates an increased risk of medical conditions, causing the body to become inflamed and stressed. Getting rid of this fat reduces inflammation and leads not only to a flat belly, but healthier YOU, too!
- Cut out sugar: Sugary drinks, desserts, candies
- Avoid fried foods
- Eat out less
- Eat more fish
- Eat more fruits and veggies
- Exercise on a daily basis
3 Belly Types and Why You Don’t Have a Flat Tummy
Sometimes the problem with belly fat can indicate more serious health problem. If you have any of the symptoms below, consult your doctor about them.
1. Bloating Throughout the Day
Bloating is highly uncomfortable, yet extremely common issues. It can be caused by a wide range of reasons, including the following:
Hormonal (PMS): This is not a sign of something dangerous, but rather an unfortunate sign of pre-menopausal women. The good news is that there are natural solutions for this problem.
Digestive Issues: They can be a sign of celiac disease, food sensitivities, ulcerative colitis, or IBS. Most of these conditions can be checked out through a blood test.
Fluid Retention: Bloating can also be a sign of fluid retention around the abdominal area. It could be ascites or edema and a sign of certain cancers or liver disease.
Dehydration: Dehydration slows down the digestive system, causing gas and bloating.
Constipation: Constipation indicates lack of fiber in your diet, lack of physical activity, and stress. However, sometimes it might be caused by something much more serious, so make sure you talk to your doctor about it.
SIBO: This condition is caused by abnormal growth in the GI tract which damage the intestinal lining and the stomach, leading to symptoms like gas and bloating.
Cancer: Bloating can indicate uterine and colon cancers.
2. Lower Belly “Pooch”
While this is normal for most people, if it changes over time, it might indicate uterine fibroids. If you experience frequent urination, constipation, difficulty emptying the bladder, and heavy periods, get checked by your doctor as soon as possible.
3. Post-Partum Tummy
Needless to say, this is completely normal! The good news is that post-partum belly can be blasted with the help of proper diet and healthy exercise routine. But, before you start exercising, here are a few rules you need to adhere to:
Wait: Wait for at least six weeks before you engage in any physical activity.
Start slow: Start with kiegal and pelvic floor exercises as well as gentle walks.