No one can deny that there are different belly types.
There are those bellies that form because of eating too much fatty food, those that appear because of swelling or water retention, and even those that form as a result of having given birth.
Each of them needs a different approach to get them into shape. In this article, we’ll tell you more about this subject.
What does your belly 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.
However, there are some women who can’t achieve their goal. Why? Because they don’t adopt a specific approach to losing the fat on their stomach according to their bell type.
Once you know (and accept) the shape that most closely resembles your stomach, you’ll be able to take the right path, which will give you the best results.
Losing belly fat is not just about doing a thousand crunches a day and starving yourself. There are other effective and less strict techniques you can follow.
The different belly types are:
1. A swollen belly
The main feature of this belly type is that they are flatter in the morning than they are in the afternoon.
The swelling increases as the hours go by, either because of the accumulation of gas or indigestion.
This type of belly can affect both overweight and thin women and is related to food intolerances, allergies or “sluggish bowls” that appear when their diet is deficient.
This means that if your stomach is accustomed to always consuming the same foods (for example, in the week you eat the same thing several times), you will find it harder to realize that you have an intolerance to them.
The most common intolerances are lactose, yeast, alcohol and wheat or gluten. To test whether you have any of these intolerances you can stop eating some of these food groups to analyze which causes the swelling.
Once you have found out which types of food are causing the problem, the next step is to remove them from your diet. Also, if you have a sluggish bowel you’ll have to take it outside its comfort zone to address your food intolerances.
This means consuming a different and more generous breakfast or not consuming the food or beverages you’re accustomed to, such as a cup of coffee in the middle of the morning.
We also recommend that you:
- Don’t eat too late at night.
- Drink plenty of water during the day.
- Consume healthy probiotics to encourage the work of intestinal flora in your body.
2. Postpartum 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 could take much longer.
This doesn’t mean starting to exercise the day after you give birth. In fact, doctors suggest waiting three months to exercise. You also shouldn’t think continuously about the weight that you’ve gained during pregnancy.
All you should worry about during this period is your health and your baby’s.
Once you’re a little more relaxed and want to start taking care of your body, we recommend consuming fish oil supplements, which help burn fat and reduce the production of “needy” hormones found in food.
Another option is to consume good fatty acids, which can be found in avocado, salmon and chia seeds. These types of acids give the body many nutrients, fight fatigue and absorb vitamins.
For your belly to be stronger you need to perform pelvic and not abdominal exercises, because the latter are intended 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 must be allowed to recover.
3. Lower belly bulge
This is the typical tummy of women who have very demanding careers or of mothers who are too busy.
Women who go to the gym or diet but always repeat the same exercises and eat the same dishes also tend to have a lower belly bulge.
The other parts of their body look good, but their lower belly bulge spoils their silhouette.
Bad habits related to this type of belly are excessive ab routines or routines that don’t change, such as always doing spinning.
These exercises burn fat from the hips, legs or arms, but not from the belly.
Moreover, good nutrition is essential to eliminate this lower belly bulge. This will prevent constipation or bloating.
- Eat more leafy green vegetables, whole grains and fruits.
- Change your ab exercises and do push-ups or resistance exercises instead.
- Start doing circuit exercises that contain strength and aerobic exercises. For instance, you could do squats, or jump rope.
4. Stress Belly
Sitting at your computer and eating snacks in your office for many hours is detrimental to health in many ways. One of the main disadvantages is that you accumulate fat in your belly.
This belly type is characterized by a hard and prominent swelling in the area that goes from the diaphragm to the belly button.
It’s caused not only by the unhealthy food we eat, but also by the production of a hormone called cortisol, which leads to the accumulation fat around the stomach.
If you consume too much caffeine, eat a lot of fast food and don’t have fixed timetables, then you’ll be more prone to developing this belly type.
One way to prevent this is to rest more, since this will help your body to regulate itself and will help you eat less as you’ll experience less anxiety.
Furthermore, you can combat exhaustion by eating nutritious foods such as nuts, for instance.
Finally, you should also reduce your coffee consumption to two cups a day and do more relaxing exercises than aerobics, such as yoga, tai chi, or walking in the park.