Belly Type: What Does Yours Say About You?

September 28, 2018
No one can deny that there are different belly types. There are the bellies that form from eating too much fatty food, the ones that appear because of swelling or water retention, and even some that form as a result of having given birth.

Every belly type requires a different approach to get it back into shape. Today, we’ll tell you all you need to know about yours and how you can work on it.

What does your belly type say about you?

Many women dream of having a flat stomach. Some of them follow strict diets, and others go to the gym to work towards this goal.

But there are some women who can’t just can’t achieve it. Why? Because they don’t take an approach to getting rid of the fat on their stomach based on their belly type.

Once you learn (and accept) the type that best describes your stomach, you’ll be able to start on the right path. This is the best way to get good results.

Losing belly fat isn’t just about doing a thousand crunches a day and starving yourself. There are more effective and less strict strategies you can follow instead.

Here are the different belly types:

1. A swollen belly

The main feature of this belly type is it’s flatter in the morning than in the afternoon.

The swelling increases as the hours go by, either because of gas build-up or indigestion.

This belly type shows up in both overweight and thin women.  It has a link to food intolerances, allergies or “sluggish bowels,” something that happens when you have a poor diet.

swollen belly type

This means that if your stomach is used to always digesting the same foods (for example, you eat the same thing several times in a week), it’ll be harder to spot an intolerance to them.

The most common intolerances are lactose, yeast, alcohol, and wheat or gluten. The best way to see if you have any of them is to stop eating specific food groups for a while. This will help you figure out what causes swelling and what doesn’t.

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Once you’ve figured out which types of food are causing the problem, the next step is to remove them from your diet. Also, if you have sluggish bowels you’ll have to take them outside their comfort zone. This is an important part working on your food intolerances.

That means eating a bigger, more varied breakfast or not eating the food or beverages you’re used to. Sometimes that even includes not having coffee in the morning.

We also recommend that you:

  • Don’t eat too late at night.
  • Drink plenty of water during the day.
  • Eat healthy probiotics to encourage the work of intestinal flora in your body.

2. Post-pregnancy belly

If you have recently given birth (even in the last two years) it’s possible that you may have a belly that bulges at the bottom.

After pregnancy, the uterus sinks and becomes heavier. You may need to wait at least six weeks for your stomach to return to normal, although sometimes it takes much longer.

postpartum belly

This doesn’t mean you should start exercising the day after you give birth. Doctors suggest waiting three months before you exercise. You shouldn’t think constantly about the weight that you gained during pregnancy either.

The only thing you should worry about during this time period is you and your baby’s health.

Once you’re a little more relaxed and want to start taking care of your body,  we recommend taking fish oil supplements. They help burn fat and reduce the production of “needy” hormones found in food.

Another option is to consume good fatty acids, found in things like avocado, salmon and chia seeds. These types of acids give the body tons of nutrients, fight fatigue, and help absorb vitamins.

You need to do pelvic exercises to make your stomach stronger, not ab work. Abdominal exercises are meant for muscles that are already in good shape.  The best-known form of pelvic exercises are Kegel exercises.

After childbirth, our pelvic muscles separate and need time to recover.

3. Lower belly bulge

This is the typical tummy of busy mothers and women with demanding careers (or both).

This belly type also shows up in women who go to the gym or stay on a diet but always do the same exercises and eat the same foods.

The other parts of their body look good, but their lower belly bulge spoils their silhouette.

lower belly bulge

Bad habits linked to this belly type are things like excessive ab work or rigid routines, like only ever doing spinning.

These exercises burn fat from the hips, legs and arms, but not the belly.

Good nutrition is also essential for eliminating this lower belly bulge, because it prevents constipation and bloating.

  • Eat more leafy vegetables, whole grains, and fruits.
  • Change your ab routines and do push-ups or resistance exercises instead.
  • Start doing circuit training that involves strength and aerobic exercises. For example, you can do squats or jump rope.

4. Stress Belly

Sitting at your computer and eating snacks in your office all day brings a lot of health problems with it. One of the main issues is that it causes fat to accumulate in your belly.

This belly type is characterized by a hard, prominent swelling in the area that between your diaphragm and belly button.

It’s not just unhealthy food that causes it, but also the production of a hormone called cortisol. This hormone is a major cause of fat accumulation around the stomach.

swollen belly

If you consume too much caffeine, eat a lot of fast food, and don’t have fixed timetables, then you’re more at risk of developing this belly type.

One way to prevent it is to rest more. It helps your body to regulate itself and can help you eat less, because you’ll be feeling less anxiety.

You can also combat exhaustion by eating nutritious foods like nuts.

Lastly, you should also reduce your coffee intake to two cups a day max, and do relaxing types of exercise like yoga, tai chi, or taking a walk in the park.

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