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7 Reasons Why Your Stomach Gets Bigger

If you are of the opinion that a potbelly or protruding stomach is an indication or sign of wealth, riches, or prosperity, you must be living in an uncivilized part of the world. The medical term used to describe the abdominal fat that lines the abdominal wall and encircles the organs is called visceral fat, and it's not just a harmless thing; it can also be harmful to your health. It is much easier and quicker to store more fat in the abdomen than it is to remove or clear it off. 

1. According to Medicinenet, gaining weight after menopause is common. During puberty, estrogen signals the body to begin storing fat on the hips and thighs in preparation for a potential pregnancy. However, estrogen levels drop as you approach menopause, causing fat to be stored around the abdomen instead of the hips and thighs. 

2. If you eat a lot of fast food and refined carbohydrates, you will never be able to get a flat stomach. It isn't possible under any circumstances. The secret to a flat stomach is hardly a well-kept secret. Sugary drinks, yams, corn, sweet potatoes, and other refined carbs should all be avoided if you care about your health.

3. Another factor that contributes to a bloated stomach is drinking too much alcohol. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can lead to liver damage as well as a worsening of an infection. Abdominal edema is yet another possible complication.

4. People who consume a lot of carbohydrates may choose to remain sedentary rather than engage in physical activity such as exercising. This has a direct effect on weight gain, especially around the stomach.

5. When you don't get enough sleep, ghrelin and leptin—the hunger hormones—become imbalanced. The amount of circulating ghrelin, the hormone that tells you you're hungry, increases, and the amount of leptin, the hormone that signals fullness, decreases. As a result, you may think you're hungry when you're not. Overeating may arise from sleep deprivation or lengthy activity, which might alter your lipid metabolism and absorption. 

6. Even if they eat a healthy diet devoid of added sugars and genetically modified products, some people are inclined to weight gain by nature. Genes control how your body burns calories, how quickly you feel full, and whether you gain weight in your thighs, butt, or belly. If you are concerned about your weight, consult a doctor. Even if belly fat runs in your family, you can overcome your genes with the right diet and enough exercise.

7. When your stress levels are high, your body produces a hormone called cortisol. Studies have shown that this hormone triggers your body to take fat from healthier areas, like your butt and hips, and move it to your abdomen. This is called visceral fat, and it not only looks bad, but it is also pretty bad for you because it surrounds your vital organs.

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