That Tricky Area – Causes of Weight Gain in Stomach

That Tricky Area - Causes of Weight Gain in Stomach

Well it’s that area again folks – even the fittest of us struggle to keep tabs on that spare tire area around the abdomen!

There are several main causes of weight gain in the stomach area and some of them you have the power to change.

There’s nothing worse than taking on a strict cardio regime only to see that stomach expand even further – you are losing weight everywhere else…why not your stomach?

Have you taken on the wrong kind of workout? Is this down to family tree genetics?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Abdominal Weight Gain Causes

Let’s not beat around the bush here – when we complain about a fat stomach we are really complaining about a fat abdominal area (that is where we are gaining the weight!).

The abdomen is the section of your body between your chest and pelvis – your stomach is nothing more than a ‘machine’ that digests the food you put inside yourself.

So what is the most likely cause of abdominal weight gain?

Well the obvious answer to this is just general weight gain – the weight your body takes on overall.

And why is this weight gain happening? (as if you need to ask…)

You are piling way too many calories in your body and you are not getting enough exercise.

Simply put – eat less and move more!!!!

Hormones & Age

Unfortunately, the older you get the slower your metabolism becomes and this means you are a lot more likely to gain weight in certain areas.

As we get older the fat distribution changes inside or bodies leading to more fat being dumped in the tummy area.

This seems to happen more with women – especially after the menopause.

Hormones & Age

The Meaty Kinda Diet

This was actually a little bit of a surprise to me – but it’s backed up by the International Journal of Obesity.

Apparently meat eaters are much more likely to gain weight in the abdomen than anywhere else in their body!

So if you like to chomp down on a steak a couple of times a week you may want to re-think your dietary direction. The same goes for pork and chicken (yikes!).

The Meaty Kinda Diet


The University of Alabama at Birmingham actually conducted a study that lasted 15 years on the link between depression and weight loss.

They discovered that study participants who initially reported that they were going through bouts of depression, were much more likely to experience abdominal weight gain (when compared to the study participants who were not depressed!).

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Fancy a Beer??

This is the part of the article that 99% of you (including me) are going to ignore…but facts are facts I’m afraid!

Drinking alcohol increases the amount of calories you are putting into your body – period!

Alcohol is terrible for abdominal obesity – period!

The European Journal of Nutrition carried out research which concluded that people who drink over 3 alcoholic drinks a day are way more likely to see ‘tummy trouble’ in their weight gain…regardless of the amount of physical activity they took part in!

Alcohol & Belly Fat

The Genetic Link

Some of us are just plain unlucky…according to the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders.

Yep, some of us are doomed to live out our lives ‘a little tubby’ due to the genetics passed down to us through our family tree.

But it’s not all doom and gloom…well…it isn’t if you’re a man anyway!

That’s right – genetics are more likely to play a role in abdominal fat in women than in men. Men tend to get a spare tire due to lack of exercise and a shitty diet!

The Genetic Link

Causes of Weight Gain in Stomach

Abdominal fat isn’t just uncomfortable and…undesirable???

It’s also linked to a variety of different health conditions…

Heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and high cholesterol levels.

So if you notice the spare tire getting bigger it’s probably time to rethink your diet and introduce a bit of fitness into your lifestyle. Remember – your health could well be at risk!

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered above, please leave them in the comment section below.

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4 thoughts on “That Tricky Area – Causes of Weight Gain in Stomach

  1. I have always been jealous of people with perfect abs. But no matter how fit I am, i always keep some belly fat. I guess genes play some role along with the office work… Our bodies are not designed to sit on a chair all day long.

    The most important thing though is, as you said, to stay healthy. The goal is not the perfect abs but to keep the stomach fat in low levels.

    I really love reading your articles and find some of your health topics really engaging – once again you’ve nailed it with this piece!

    Will be returning again soon for my weekly fix 🙂

    1. Hi Evita,

      Well unfortunately I know exactly what you mean – some people just have that sort of build around the stomach areas where the abs always show…I’m not one of those people!

      Nope – I have to work hard and eat correctly to keep my abs up to trim. I guess those genes have got a lot to answer for!

      Great to hear that you are a regular to the site and enjoy our work – I’ll keep an eye out for you in future! 🙂

      Stay Healthy! 🙂

  2. My weight gain is mostly in the stomach area. Knowing the causes can be very helpful to lose the weight.
    I eat meat quite often, maybe this is one of the cause for me? 

    Lucky I did not have the genetic link. I’m not depressed but sometimes I’m stressed out because of work – this could certainly be behind my stomach problems!

    Well, thanks to this article, I will reduce my meat consumption and be more relax to help reduce the weight in this area to get flat abs that I’ve always dreamt of.

    Great article once again – this site has helped me so much in the past! 

    1. Hi there Diana!

      Well it’s always great to hear from people that have found some worth in our content – so glad you enjoyed this article. Good luck with tackling that stomach weight (hope the article helps you nail it!).

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