A Quick Quiz on one of our most troublesome parts of the body.
When it comes to our bodies, the tummy is one of the more commonly focused on part and one of the most worked on, whether through exercise or plastic surgery such as a tummy tuck or liposuction. With all the focus that we put into our bellies, there is plenty of room for confusion resulting from various myths spread by fitness experts, health companies, and various other sources. So how much do you really know about your tummy? Here is a fun quiz to help you find out.
#1 TRUE OR FALSE: Eating less food can help to shrink the size of your stomach so that you will get full faster.
False. Your stomach is already fully developed once you hit adulthood, so there is really no changing the size. Eating less may overtime decrease your appetite, but it will not shrink your stomach in any way.
#2 TRUE OR FALSE: Thin people have smaller stomachs than someone who is overweight.
False. Shocking, isn’t it? Unlike many of us may think, there is no correlation between the size of a person’s stomach and their weight. Someone that is overweight does not necessarily have a stomach that is also larger than average. A thin person can actually have a stomach that is larger than that of an overweight person. In fact, even with surgeries that shrink the size of the stomach, a person can still continue to gain weight. Body contouring procedures like liposuction are more effective ways to reduce fat from the body, but a healthy lifestyle must coincide with the new changes to the body as well.
#3 TRUE OR FALSE: Eating right before going to bed will not cause you to gain weight quicker.
True. I’m sure many of us have heard before that eating before bed will make us fat, but most experts actually agree that this is a myth. It does not matter so much what time you eat, but more so depends on whether or not you are consistently burning more calories than you consume.
#4 TRUE OR FALSE: Abdominal exercises like crunches or sit-ups can reduce the size of your stomach.
False. Remember, we are talking about the actual organ, not the belly that we can visibly see. As was said before, nothing (aside from surgery) can be done to shrink the size of the stomach. However, these exercises can be effective in burning the layers of fat and building the abdominal muscles that house the stomach.
#5 TRUE OR FALSE: The sagging skin that is often left behind after rapid weight loss or pregnancy cannot be fixed by eating right and exercising.
True. Because this is actually an issue with the elasticity of the skin, no diet or any amount of cardio can fix this problem. Excess skin or tissue is a common issue that follows weight loss and pregnancy and can only be really fixed through surgical means such as a tummy tuck. For example, many people tune in to watch The Biggest Loser on television and you may have noticed that as the contestants continue to lose weight, they often show signs of hanging skin when they remove their shirts to step on the scale. Many of these contestants opt for body contouring surgeries after losing the weight to address these issues around the belly and the arms. So how’d you do? If you would like to know more about any of the procedures mentioned, contact a board-certified plastic surgeon to see if you would be a good candidate.