Womens Health Issues That Affect the Abs and Increase Stomach Fat
There are many womens health issues that affect the abs and increase stomach fat. On this page you can learn about them and learn how to combat them.
Our stomachs and mid-sections are often our problem area, but the problem can arise from womens health issues not just a lack of ab exercises.
When some people think of personal trainers, they think about improving the way they look or improving sports performance. But, in my opinion a personal trainer's role extends beyond that and should include a broader picture of health and wellness.
If you want toned abs and a flat stomach, you need to learn about the health issues that affect the abs and increase stomach fat.
Top Womens Health Issues that Affect the Abs and Increase Stomach Fat
Pregnancy Affects the Abs
I know this is straight forward, but pregnancy affects the abs and increases stomach fat.
Posture is one of the major changes with pregnancy and the ab muscles get over-stretched as the baby grows bigger and bigger. Stretching is the opposite of flexing, and so the stomach muscles grow weaker and weaker the more they get stretched.
If the baby is really big and the stomach is really over-stretched, some women will develop a condition known as diastasis recti, which is actually a tear in the abdominal muscles. This makes it harder to strengthen the stomach muscles after pregnancy.
After having a baby, it is really important to re-train your deep core muscles and simply remind the abs of what they need to do.
When a woman gets pregnant, her hormones (especially estrogen)also change significantly. Gaining weight is a natural part of pregnancy. The body wants to make sure that it has enough energy to feed two people, so your body fat will increase when you are pregnant, leading to increased stomach fat.
I've worked with a few women through and after their pregnancies, and my advice is to continue to eat as healthy as possible and exercise regularly throughout your pregnancy.
Because of the hormone shift, cookies, ice cream, and other unhealthy foods can have a more negative effect on your weight when you're pregnant. And many women find it harder to get into an exercise and eating routine when they have young children to take care of.
The best way to combat the affects of pregnancy on your abs and stomach is to start an exercise and eating plan before you get pregnant, and continue to maintain healthy habits throughout your pregnancy. Then, after you have had a baby, consult with your doctor and return to exercise as soon as you can.
Kegel Exercises and Womens Health
Kegel Exercises are used to increase the strength of the pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor muscles support the bladder and abdominal contents.
The pelvic floor is often weak after pregnancy, but everyone (both men and women) can benefit and working these muscles.
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (also known as PCOS) is a hormonal imbalance that affects a woman's fertility and menstrual cycle and causes weight gain.
In women with PCOS, the ovaries don't make all of the hormones it needs for the eggs to fully mature. Follicles never release eggs and cysts develop in the ovaries.
Ovarian cysts are only one symptom. Another symptom is weight gain especially around the waist.
PCOS is a womens health issue that causes weight gain around your stomach and it is harder to lose weight if you have PCOS.
Diabetes is a Womens Health Issue that Increases Belly Fat.
If you look up Diabetes in the medical journals, you will find that it is classified as a metabolic disorder. Basically, it is an inability for your body to properly digest carbohydrates (sugar).
There are two types of Diabetes, but I want to focus on Type II Diabetes. Type II Diabetes arises from lifestyle factors, and is influenced by the over-consumption of sugar and fat, a sedentary lifestyle, and obesity.
In Type II Diabetes, the body has a condition known as insulin resistance, which means that the body does not efficiently regulate the hormone insulin. Weight gain, especially around the mid-section is a sign of insulin resistance.
The affect of food on insulin is a major factor in the rise of the glycemic index and low carb diet plans. Many diet programs look to control the hormone insulin to help you lose weight.
In my opinion, understanding Diabetes can really help you to lose belly fat. The best book that I have read on this subject is "Syndrome X: The Complete Nutritional Program to Prevent and reverse Insulin Resistance by Jack Challem, Dr. Burton Berkson, and Melissa Diane Smith.
I highly recommend reading this book if you are serious about learning how to combat diabetes and insulin resistance.
Hopefully, you have a better understanding why ab exercises are sometimes not enough. If you have Type II Diabetes, or another womens health issue it can be much harder to shrink your waistline and lose weight.
So I encourage you to do two things:
#1 Exercise Regularly &
#2 Take Care of your Health
Regular exercise and healthy eating will improve the way you look, but more importantly it will improve your health and improve the way you feel.
Try this simple home workout for the stomach or start this 11 week beginner treadmill workout program.
Your body is your most valuable possession, so treat it well.
Yours in Health,
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