Excess belly fat can accumulate for many different reasons, and they aren’t always related to your eating habits. Also, the best way to shed unwanted pounds depends on the underlying reason why you gained them. There are a few types of belly fat, and each of them calls for a different weight loss approach.
Here are five types of bellies and how to improve their shape:
1. Stressed-out belly
This is a type of belly which people get when they are constantly under stress. Firstly, elevated levels of stress hormone cortisol cause your body to store more fat. Secondly, high levels of cortisol can make you crave sugary and fatty foods. Also, if there’s too much cortisol in your body, you may find it hard to sleep as well as you used to. To get rid of a stressed-out belly, get at least 8 hours of sleep at night, limit caffeine consumption to the first half of the day, don’t skip breakfast, and avoid snacking on unhealthy foods.
2. Beer belly
Drinking too much alcohol, including beer, can cause major disruptions in your metabolism. Also, alcohol is the enemy of self-control, and that makes drinkers more likely to overeat. In addition to that, drinking too much beer can throw the hormones off balance, which itself causes weight gain. To get rid of this type of belly, gradually limit the amount of alcohol you consume (or stop drinking altogether) and start eating more fresh fruits, vegetables, and foods rich in protein.
3. Postpartum belly
Giving birth to a child is probably one of the happiest moments in your life, but pregnancy can leave you with excess belly fat and saggy skin. It’s recommended to do exercises that target the abs before pregnancy to prevent the problem in the first place. To make your belly flatter after pregnancy, do exercises approved by your doctor and stop eating for two.
4. Bloated belly
Your belly can be bloated for many different reasons. They include food intolerance (such as an inability to digest gluten or lactose), a bacterial imbalance in your gut, and other digestive issues. To get rid of bloating, try to eliminate suspect foods from your diet temporarily to see if one of them is causing bloating; start eating more foods rich in fiber and fermented foods, drink more water, and consider taking a probiotic supplement.
5. Hormone belly
As we mentioned above, high cortisol causes you to gain unwanted pounds. Abdominal weight gain can also be caused by an underactive thyroid. Low levels of estrogen in women and testosterone in men can also make the belly grow. To get rid of hormone belly, have your levels of hormones checked if your doctor recommends it, eat foods that help keep your hormone levels stable, and exercise regularly.
This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.
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