If there is one thing that we all deeply crave for, it is having a flat and toned belly. For that slender waist, we spend hours in the gym doing crunches and leg-raise, and we even make ourselves eat that tasteless salad.
All the hard work does have a good impact on our body, but that stubborn abdomen fat shows us no mercy. Abdomen fat doesn’t dissolve the way other fat molecules do. It has a complex structure and at times, that bulge is not entirely made of the cheesecake slice or the pizza that you ate last night. It can be a combination of stress and hormonal imbalance too.
If you want to win the battle against tummy fat, firstly, you have to identify the type of fat that you are holding. Once you know the reason behind that bulge, you will be able to tackle it in a smart way. Here are 5 types of tummies and easy hacks on how to get rid of them:
1. Alcohol belly
Appearance – Round, protruding belly
As the name suggests, this tummy type is a result of your guilty pleasures. Chugging down beer with friends or sipping on too much brunch wine, messes the natural metabolic rate of the body. Every kind of alcohol is high in calories which interferes with the digestive system. Even if you do not consume alcohol but lots of high-calorie mocktails, you can still end up with an alcohol belly.
Diet – In order to lose your alcohol belly, you have to limit your intake of alcohol and other high-calorie drinks (I know this is hard but just picturise yourself in that favourite crop top of yours and you aren’t even conscious about your belly!). Drink more water and include lots of green vegetables in your diet.
Suggested Exercises – Aerobics, Circuit Training and Weight Lifting
2. Hormonal belly
Appearance – Protruding and saggy lower belly
Whether you are a teenager or a mother of two, hormonal belly can hit you right in the gut. Hormonal imbalance leads to weight gain in women, especially around their stomach area. If you have Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), you might have a hormonal belly. A disturbed menstrual cycle can also give you this type of belly. Before doing anything yourself, first, consult your doctor.
Diet – Eat food that is rich in Omega-3. Stay away from things with a high level of fructose. Limit your intake of gluten and dairy products.
Suggested Exercises – High-intensity interval training (HIIT), stretching exercises and yoga poses
3. Stress belly
Appearance – Thick belly with protruding mid-riff