Why your abs are not six-pack material & how to change that.

Ange Dim
4 min readApr 4, 2021

Belly fat = One of the biggest problems people have today. You don’t have to be overweight to have a belly fat issue. Sometimes, lean and healthy ones can have one, too (which is a lot more frustrating).

Diet can be one thing, that’s 100%, but what about the issue of certain foods we eat, hormones, digestion and even the result of particular medications?

I think many people dismiss any of these factors and head straight to the ab crunches, or worst still, trying and failing with their dietary choices. I am touching on this subject because it’s affected my abdominal size, and diet is just one small part of the whole belly fat equation.

Hormones and disease can cause a big belly.

Here are some of the many things which can cause belly fat accumulation, as well as bloating and a constant protruding gut:

For women

  • PCOS, Endometriosis, PMS

For Men & women

• Hyporhoridism, Cushing syndrome, Ascites, Food allergies, Medications, Alcohol & stress

Any of these occurrences can have you working hard at the gym and in the kitchen but not officially seeing any results. This may even be apparent for those with none of these conditions but who have food allergies or intolerances. One that comes to mind is having coeliac disease. I was once close to a young girl who had the disease, and no matter what she ate, her stomach would always look bloated and protruding. Even though she followed a strict diet, her gut was constantly inflamed, which hurt her confidence.

Any ailment can be relieved with a proper alteration of diet, including some exercise too. It’s a matter of trying out adequate nutrition plans to see which one works best for your life and something you can stick with long term. Controlling symptoms or eliminating diseases takes a lot of persistence in the nutritional department — and you must be willing to change your way of eating altogether at first. This can be a real challenge, but well worth the effort for the results it brings.

What if there is nothing wrong with you?

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Ange Dim

Multi-passionate creative who's immersed in health, wellness, exercise and loves creating healthy recipes. Subscribe for food inspo : shorturl.at/tuw68