Belly flab isn’t limited to just heavy girls—even skinny girls can have a tummy pooch. Clinically known as visceral fat, this type of fat goes deeper than just the fat right under your skin. It’s the fat found around your organs, like the liver and heart. In excess, it gets stored in places like your abdomen. Aside from poor diet and lack of exercise, there are other factors that give you a flabby puson.
1. Your genes
A health report published by Harvard Medical School states that your genetic makeup plays a vital role in your weight and body structure. Many of us may have inherited a predisposition for accumulating fat in the abdominal area. It’s the reason why some people eat all the cake they want and never seem to gain an ounce of fat, while others easily gain flab. In your next family reunion, check out the skeletal structure and body types of your relatives. See a common denominator?
Gassiness and temporary bloating may be the reason why your favorite LBD doesn’t fit as well as it used to. The three most common causes of bloat are overeating, fatty food intake, and eating too fast [source: WebMD]. Did you drink more lattes than usual today? There’s a long list of bloat-inducing foods, such as dairy, beans, and sweeteners.
3. Bad posture
“One of the abdominal muscles’ biggest jobs is to hold our bodies upright, and research shows that rampant poor posture puts these muscles to sleep,” health journalist Selene Yeager wrote in Prevention magazine. By simply sitting or standing erect, you can look up to five pounds slimmer and keep your abdominal muscles active. Keep this posture mantra in mind, whether you’re at your work desk or walking at the mall: “Back straight, head up, tummy in!”
4. Stress and lack of sleep
When you fail to get enough sleep (7-9 hours per night for adults, according to the National Sleep Foundation) your level of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, increases and causes you to crave for sugary foods. According to Lifespan, sleep balances your cortisol levels while boosting production of leptin, a type of hormone that causes you to control your appetite.
5. Eating too much low-fat food
Not all fats are bad for you, CGs. Foods that contain monounsaturated fats actually help eliminate belly fat. Lifespan warns that many low-fat grocery finds are actually bad for you because food manufacturers often add sugar to these items. Increased sugar intake increases your chances of storing body fat.