We all know how it is, trying on that super cute, tight-fitting shirt but seeing that it doesn’t look all that flattering on your tummy.
Now, I bet you know that you should embrace yourself the way you are, tummy and all, but if it bothers you and you have the chance to reduce it, why not do it, right?
But did you know that there are actually different types of tummies, and sometimes getting rid of them isn’t as simple as a restrictive diet or crazy workout routine? To make sure your belly fat is gone and stays gone, you should find out what type of tummy you have, and start from there.
So scroll down to find out what type of tummy you have and what to do about it.
1. The Mommy Tummy
What it is: The mommy tummy is when your stomach starts to become saggy after pregnancy. This can happen months or even years after childbirth and is a result of weakening abdominal muscles.
How to combat it: By engaging in core-strengthening exercises like the plank, or pelvic floor exercises such as Kegels. As for the foods you should be adding to your diet, try vegetables and healthy fats like nuts or avocado.
2. The Bloat Belly
What it is: This is the tummy that’s developed during the day, and ends up looking like a large bulge, sometimes hard to the touch. This is usually caused by dehydration, constipation or bowel diseases that cause extra gas to gather in the intestines.
How to combat it: The best thing you can do to get rid of bloat is to incorporate easily-digested foods into your diet, and be aware of the foods you are eating by keeping a food journal. This can help you identify any food you may have an intolerance to.
3. The Thyroid Swell
What it is: This doesn’t just appear on your tummy, but is apparent all over your body, as you take on a puffy look from shoulders to legs that doesn’t go away. Women who have an underactive thyroid often experience fatigue and weight gain, because the thyroid gland is responsible for producing the hormone that controls the way we process calories.
How to combat it: This one you can’t tackle on your own and need to talk to a doctor so they can help you control your estrogen levels. But for a natural boost, you should add more fruits and vegetables into your diet as well as probiotic-rich foods like goat’s milk and yogurt to maintain a healthy gut and fight inflammation.
4. The Working Girl Muffin Top
What it is: The working girl muffin top looks like a low, soft bulge in the stomach which spills over the waistband. It happens when we’re stressed and we enter into a ‘flight or fight’ response. Since we need more energy, our body gives off extra sugar into the bloodstream, and if we are sitting still at that moment, the sugar goes into the belly.
How to combat it: First off, maintain a nutrient-rich, like vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat proteins. Other than that, being consistent with exercising and taking warm baths help too by boosting hormones like serotonin, dopamine and endorphins.
5. The Alcohol Pot Belly
What it is: This one is pretty self-explanatory. It happens as a result of excessive consumption of alcohol and the stomach takes on a round, protruding appearance.
How to combat it: The way to get rid of an alcohol tummy is cutting off your alcohol intake. Not only does it stop other metabolic processes to break down the sugars in alcohol, but alcoholic beverages are often very high in calories.