Have you ever walked up to someone and asked them when they were due thinking they were pregnant? Well, I have and it’s something I will never forget! Open mouth insert foot time!
One of the most frustrating things for people trying to lose weight is belly fat. For many, they have a pregnant-looking belly, when in reality, they are the furthest from being pregnant. Losing extra weight can be challenging. There may be other factors that contribute to a bloated belly. Here are some great reasons why people may have “big belly”. You may want to take the mirror test and view your belly in the mirror! Check out these photos in another blog on my site here.
My great friend developed the idea in her exercising class is to “scoop” your belly. Many times your stomach hangs out because of posture/stretched muscles from having that baby or just letting go and pooching out. A great habit to have is to start imagining sucking your stomach in as if you are trying to make your belly button touch your spine. I know sounds difficult if your tummy is already bulging but it is a start! You can read more about her blog here and check out her exercise videos here.
Food sensitivities are a leading cause of having a belly that looks like it is pregnant. Dairy and gluten are among the worst contenders that can lead to an expanded stomach area. When your body has a reaction to food, it tries to attack the food particles as if they are an enemy. This causes inflammation, which can lead to your belly looking bigger than it really is. If you think this may be the case, visit your doctor, as there are tests that can be conducted to determine if you have food sensitivities. In addition, you can try an elimination diet to see if your belly goes back to normal size when you remove foods from your diet.
My friend and I decided to do the Whole30 plan which is pretty strict food plan for 30 days and then you slowly introduce foods back into your system one at a time to see which foods are causing you pain or trouble. My friend lost over 12 pounds and is feeling better dealing with her RA pain. She now knows what is causing the pain she has suffered with for years.
Too Much Water
Many people drink water throughout the day, which is a good habit to have. However, it can also lead to overconsumption. When drinking too much water, your body can’t process it fast enough. The water then rests in your stomach area, which causes bloat and a big belly. A rule of thumb is that you should drink half your body weight in ounces of liquid a day. For example, a 150-pound person should drink 75 ounces of water each day. This will help to reduce bloat. When I got the water app for my phone it sends you a warning of drinking water to fast is not good. For instance if you drink 8 ounces it’s good but when you guzzle 16 ounces down at once, your body can’t absorb that much too quickly, so slow down.
You over ate or you carry your weight in your stomach area
I am kind of surprised how many lists include this since you’d think it would be obvious but when you overeat your tummy swells (also known as the Thanksgiving Effect). Also, if you carry excess fat on your stomach it can make your tummy look bigger. Because… science.
Cure: Don’t overeat (or just realize the bloat is temporary and enjoy the heck out of that meal if it’s not a common occurrence). If you need help in this area, I have a supplement cherry tasting drink that may help you from overeating, work on cravings and prevent that bloat of overeating. Click here!
Our body has a process to deal with stress. Oftentimes, when we are stressed, it will signal this to the body’s hormones, which will then produce cortisol. Cortisol is called the “stress hormone” as it helps to regulate our body when in a time of crisis. In today’s world, a time of crisis can be triggered by too much stress at work or a difficult situation at home, which leads to increased cortisol production. Cortisol also sends a trigger to our minds to prepare for stress by eating something high in calories, which can lead to weight gain. Minimize your stress levels and make sure you get a good night’s sleep to prevent this from happening.
Mouth breather? I have seen more men that women with this issue. Other culprits include gum chewing, drinking through a straw, drinking carbonated drinks, gulping, talking while eating. Trapped air can make your body bloat!
Get nasal surgery if you can’t breathe through your nose.
Genetics play a role in belly fat. In fact, genes determine where fat is stored in the body. There are typically two body shapes: apple or pear. For those who have an apply body shape, fat is typically stored in the midsection. This can be frustrating. However, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly will help to reduce your gene’s impact on your body shape and stomach area.
Having a pregnant-looking belly is quite frustrating. There are many factors that can cause this to happen, which can make it even more difficult to manage. However, by learning what works best for your body, you can help your body reduce the bloat or fat around your midsection. In turn, you can look forward to increasing your confidence and being comfortable in your own skin.
What there is more causes?
Apparently some people have a hard time digesting certain types of carbohydrates, generally referred to as FODMAPS (which stands for Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols). These include some fruits and veggies, fructose, artificial sweeteners, inulin fiber, wheat and dairy – are harder to break down and if they make their way undigested or partially undigested through your digestive tract then they can cause a whole bunch of problems including pain and bloating. It’s even been found in some recent studies to help 70% of patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Cure: Avoid those foods. Also, take a probiotic. These are good for lots of things but having a healthy balance of gut bacteria is critical for proper digestion. Get your ProBiotic here! Check out this quick video I made also!
Having a pregnant-looking belly may have nothing to do with food. Medical issues could be the cause. For women, reproductive health issues can cause your belly to extend. For both genders, it can be caused by irritable bowel syndrome or reflux. Seeing your doctor is important to determine if there are any underlying conditions that may be causing your large belly.
If you have Celiac’s and don’t know it (or do know it but choose to ignore it), bloating is par for the course when you eat gluten. Again it’s watching what you eat and food elimination.
I have chatted with many people about their weight loss plan and you wouldn’t believe how many people tell me they barely use the bathroom! Oh my! Walking around full of crap and toxins is not something I want in my life! I love BioCleanse, a great help to this situation. Check it out here! I have even made a quick video about your poop!
Hope this helps you determine what is best for you “NOT” looking prego! Leave your comments below if you need help in determining a plan that fits your lifestyle! I am here to help.