From dieting and crunches to tummy tucks and liposuction, the belly is one of the most focused on parts of the body for both women and
men. However, with all the attention that we put into our stomach, it is shocking how little many people know about it. Here are five commonly misinterpreted facts about the tummy.
1. A person’s weight is not affected by the size of their stomach.
Just because a person weighs more does not mean that their stomach is also larger than someone who weighs less. A thin person can actually have a bigger stomach than a person struggling with obesity. Surgical procedures that shrink the stomach down to the size of a walnut are misleading because you can still gain weight. Fat reducing surgeries such as liposuction
are a more effective for achieving your ideal size, however, you must still continue to live a healthy lifestyle to maintain it.
2. Eating less will not shrink the size of your stomach so that you get full faster.
However, eating less can help to decrease your appetite over time and lead to gradual weight loss moving forward.
3. Crunches and Sit-Ups will not help to reduce the size of your stomach either.
However, these exercises can be effective in burning the layers of fat and building the abdominal muscles that house the stomach. Frankly, there is nothing that can be done to naturally decrease the size of your stomach. Once you reach adulthood, the stomach is already fully grown and will not change in size.
4. Having an after dinner snack before bed will not cause you to gain weight much quicker than having the same food at an earlier time.
While the majority of us have heard otherwise, this is actually a myth based on some misinterpretation about the way our body works. Unlike the way we operate mentally as humans, our bodies do not schedule around a 24 hour clock. Therefore, it does not make a difference whether you eat a cheeseburger at noon or a half hour before bed. Our bodies just see this as caloric intake which must be countered by burning more calories than are consumed in order to avoid gaining weight.
5. The sagging skin that is often left behind after rapid weight loss or pregnancy cannot be fixed by eating right and exercising.
Excess or hanging skin and tissue is a common issue that follows weight loss and pregnancy and can only be really fixed through surgical means such as a tummy tuck
. If you have ever watched The Biggest Loser
on television, you may have noticed that as the contestants continue to lose massive amounts of weight
, they often have areas of hanging skin when they remove their shirts to step on the scale. Many of the contestants opt for body contouring surgeries
after losing the weight to address these issues around the body and the arms