Updated: Mar 1, 2019
Who wouldn’t like to have a flat belly? Personally, I don’t know anybody who wouldn’t and not just because it looks good but also because it is healthy and feels comfortable.
There are different reasons why you might have a bigger belly than you would like to have. Let’s look at these causes and then read my advice on how to improve the situation.
1. Extra weight, body fat around your waist and your belly As we all know excess body fat is linked to risk factors for disease. High body fat is obvious in overweight individuals but it can also be high in people with an ideal weight and normal Body Mass Index. Measuring body composition is a very important tool during a nutrition assessment because only this can give us exact information about body fat and lean body mass percentage.
So what can you do if you have too much body fat? Eat as your body is designed to eat: whole foods with high nutritional value to achieve your ideal weight. See tips here: https://www.orsolyaszathmari.com/blog-1/top-seven-rescue-tips-to-get-back-in-shape-after-the-holidays and here: https://www.orsolyaszathmari.com/blog-1/get-ready-for-the-holiday-season
2. Bloating, digestive problems There are many people with a normal or even low BMI who have a proportionally big belly which is sticking out. The situation might be worse after eating. These people are bloated more or less all the time. Let’s have a look, what can cause bloating:
Food. Many undigestible plant material create excess gas in the digestive tract and cause problems. Eat the right, nutritious foods and avoid all others that cause bloating and digestive discomfort. There are personal differences how people react to certain foods, so the list below doesn’t concern everyone with digestive problems like IBS and bloating. The most common foods to avoid are legumes, raw vegetables, dairy products, grains, especially whole grains, onions, cruciferous vegetables, most fruit and carbonated drinks.
Periods. If you are bloated days before and during the menstrual cycle, which results from the changes in levels of the sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone, you can still achieve huge improvements with a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Stress. For people with IBS, stress can trigger bloating and digestive discomfort.
3. Bad posture, lack of muscle tone Another cause why some people do not have a flat belly is that their abdominal muscles are weak and they have a bad posture. Strong core muscles and good posture are extremely important. People look so much better and younger when they are physically strong! But that’s not all. They also feel better and their body is healthier, stronger, and more balanced.The best way to increase muscle mass and have a good posture is resistance training, different core trainings, swimming, gymnastics, yoga and pilates.
If you need help or any advice, please contact me by phone or e-mail. I am very happy to help you!