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Skinny with a Fat Belly: Understanding Why

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Posted by Caitlin Marmion on May 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Do you generally label yourself as skinny with a fat belly? Are you incredibly tired of hearing people tell you you’re thin, when you knowingly have a bubble belly? Extra fat is frustrating for anyone, especially if you feel like you're living a healthy lifestyle. You’re certainly not alone and there are a few reasons you may have this issue. Understanding why is just the start:

Genetically Inherited
Unfortunately, fat sometimes favors the belly area, and although it may be genetically inherited, we still can’t blame it all on our parents. You’ll just have to work a little bit harder, favoring this area during exercises and food choice. As my mother always says, “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips.” Well, for me, it goes directly to my stomach!

Severe Bloating
It might not be fat! You may be experiencing severe bloating. As women, many of us have experienced this during our period. Due to hormones, this is natural, but there are over-the-counter medications and remedies that can help relieve the effects. 

Bloating may also be caused by eating heavy meals quickly. Try spreading out your meals, taking time for each bite. You’ll give your body more time to digest your food before it backs up in your system. Soda may also play a strong role in belly bloating. We just can’t say it enough; lay off the carbonated beverages! Not only is it full of sugar and calories, you’re drinking bubbles, so of course this will cause bloating.

Low Muscle in the Belly Area
Although you may be a physically fit individual who exercises regularly, you still may find yourself with extra fat in the belly area. There is a right and wrong way to exercise and most of us tend to participate in exercise that interests us the most like running, swimming, zumba, etc. These activities are great and generally involve use of the entire body, so don't stop participating in them. However, you may also want to choose exercises that concentrate on the core.

There is also always a chance of having food allergies and digestion issues. Check with your doctor, especially if you’re experiencing pain. This fix may involve a lengthy process, but it’s surely an important one.

Do you suffer from this problem? This is the time to complain about it, because you are not alone! Share with us in the comment section below.

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