Everyone dreams of a perfect figure. And the number one problem for most women is the tummy.
But if you’re trying to lose the flabby belly, you might be surprised to learn that it’s not always extra weight that is the reason behind a tummy.
Here are the 5 tummy types that have nothing to do with extra pounds:
1. Spare Tire.
- sedentary lifestyle;
- too many sweets;
- alcohol abuse;
- unbalanced diet.
- Cut down on your alcohol consumption.
- Reconsider your food choices. Replace low-fat foods with eggs, lean meat, and fish. Eat more vegetables and healthy fats, such as avocados, nuts, and fatty fish.
- Start exercising. You don’t have to buy a yearly gym pass: just make sure your day includes a long walk, 20 minutes of intensive training, or other physical activities.
2. Stress tummy (fat is concentrated around the bellybutton).
- chronic stress;
- irregular mealtimes;
- too much coffee;
- irritable bowel syndrome;
- unhealthy eating habits (junk foods, salty foods, sodas).
- Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep interferes with the production of leptin, a hormone that regulates metabolism and hunger.
- Learn to relax before sleep. Try breathing exercises or meditation.
- Don’t overexercise. Excessive cardio workouts at the gym raise your cortisol levels. Switch to yoga or swimming.
- Include magnesium in your diet. This “soothing” mineral is found in dark green vegetables, nuts, and wheat bran.
- Before going to bed, do yoga, stretch, listen to calming music, and drink chamomile tea. This will lower your cortisol levels and help your body relax.
3. Pooch tummy (fat is concentrated in the lower belly).
- recent childbirth;
- repetitive and excessive exercise at the gym;
- unvaried diet;
- spinal curvature.
- Get on a healthy fiber-rich diet. Eat green leafy vegetables, whole-grain bread, and other foods rich in natural fiber.
- Stop doing squats unless you’re absolutely sure you’re doing them right.
- Don’t put too much pressure on your spine.
- Stay hydrated.
4. Mommy tummy (appears after childbirth).
- After delivery, your uterus is still expanded, and it will take at least six weeks for it to shrink back to normal.
- You should wait 2 to 3 months after childbirth before resuming your exercising regimen.
- Include cod liver oil in your diet.
- Consume more healthy fats, such as nuts, vegetable oils, and olives.
- Do Kegel exercises: tighten and relax your pelvic floor muscles 15 to 20 times.
5. Bloated tummy (belly looks flat in the morning but gets bloated in the evening).
- food allergy or intolerance to certain foods;
- weak gut motility;
- imbalance in gut flora.
- Reconsider your diet. The things most people are intolerant to are alcohol, sweets, yeast or dairy.
- Eat more fresh vegetables, meat, chicken, and fish. Give up grains and bread for a short time and see whether it helps.
- Chew your food well and drink a lot of water.
- Bloating can be a sign of bacterial imbalance or poor motility in the gut. If you experience other problems with your digestion apart from bloating, consult your doctor.
So, have you found your type? Or are you one of the lucky ones?