Stomach Sticks Out Like I’m Pregnant (4 Ways To Fix This)
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Any guy that invests a lot of time into working out and eating right likely wants those efforts to translate to their physical appearance. While your health is certainly the most important factor, looking your best is definitely a nice bonus that comes along with all of this hard work. As such, it can be incredibly discouraging to spend all of that time working out, looking in the mirror, and seeing that my stomach sticks out like I’m pregnant.
This is an issue I’ve battled with for some time, and it's one that took me a while to find a solution for. Being skinny with a pregnant-looking stomach isn’t all that encouraging after your hard work, and after countless hours of research and snooping around the Web, I’ve finally come up with a few solutions to combat this pesky problem.
If you’re someone with a tummy that sticks out and have ever wondered, “Why can I push my stomach out and look pregnant?”, keep on reading.
Reduce or Eliminate Your Lactose Intake
Chances are, someone you know is lactose intolerant. A whopping 70% of the world’s population struggles with properly digesting the stuff, and as such, there’s a fairly decent chances that you could be part of that 70%.
Not everyone has the exact same reaction to lactose if they’re intolerant to it, meaning that some people’s reactions are a bit harsher than others.
One of the most common side effects
Individuals that are intolerant to lactose have an issue with their intestines in which they aren’t able to produce lactase (an enzyme that helps to break down and digest lactose). When not enough lactase is produced after consuming food or drinks that have lactose in them, that’s when you get diarrhea, cramps, bloated tummies, etc.
Any lactose that’s not yet digested goes through your body’s small intestine, hits the large intestine, and the side effects ensue when the bacteria in your large intestine tries to eat it.
If you stop eating/drinking lactose products and notice that your stomach isn’t sticking out as much, then you’ll know that you have some level of intolerance to lactose.
While this may certainly come as a bummer, you’ll at least have a solution for why your stomach has been so bloated lately.
(Plus, there are a ton of great lactose-free alternatives to choose from!)
Cut Back on How Much Sodium You’re Consuming
In addition to lactose, you may also want to consider cutting back how much sodium is a part of your diet.
Although it’s much less likely to be intolerant to sodium, it’s very possible to have annoying side effects as a result of eating too much of the stuff.
The more sodium you consume, the more water your body holds onto. The amount of sodium you’re consuming is directly evident by how the water under your skin looks, as even the smallest increase of subcutaneous water will result in your skin appearing to be quite a bit thicker and softer.
While sodium is an important component to any diet, not everyone is aware of just how easy it is to have far too much of it.
One single teaspoon of table salt holds a total of 2.3-grams of sodium, and this is considered to be the on the high end of the recommended daily limit by the Institute of Medicine. Eat a couple more tablespoons, and your body will likely run into very noticeable bloating.
Cut back on the sodium, replace it with a substitute if need be, and you should notice that your stomach both looks and feels quite a bit better.
Kick Constipation to the Curb
Many people struggle with constipation at one point or another, and if you’re someone who’s currently battling this, there’s a good chance that you’ve also got a bloated stomach. Constipation typically increases the rate of bloating within your stomach, and while there are many causes as to why constipation happens, and although many people think that eating more fiber is the answer, this isn’t necessarily the case.
Fiber has actually recently been proven to make bloating of the stomach worse, so this is not your go-to solution if you’re constipated and also dealing with a pregnant-looking stomach.
Instead of ramping up your fiber intake, increase the amount of magnesium you’re consuming in addition to your time spent at the gym. And, if you really want to defeat this issue as quickly as possible, combining these two things with laxatives will ensure maximum results.
Stop Eating FODMAPs
For those that aren’t familiar, FODMAPs is an acronym that stands for, “Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols.”
In other words, FODMAPs refers to a list of foods that are often difficult for some people to properly digest.
Similar to lactose/dairy, FODMAPs can cause you to say, “I am skinny but my stomach sticks out.”
There are many, many food items that are considered to be FODMAPs, but some of the most popular ones include:
- Grains (wheat, barley, rye)
- Sugar (xylitol, sorbitol, mannitol)
For a lot of people, cutting FODMAPs out of their diet is one of the most
Having a stomach that sticks out like I’m pregnant has never been an easy thing to deal with. There’s never been a solid answer as to why this happens or ways to get it to stop, so hopefully this guide helps you out with your similar struggles. It’s very possible to get your bloated stomach to kick the curb and to start looking and feeling your best once again, and while the way you do this may require some strict dietary changes, it’s well, well worth the effort.