New Delhi: For most people, belly fat is the first sign of weight gain. If they see even the slightest change around their abdomen, they consider it as a sureshot sign of added kilos. No wonder then a large majority of people are conscious of their mid section. However, sometimes swollen belly can be due to bloating and not fat accumulation.
Stomach bloating happens when your belly grows in size with fluid or gas. This can make you feel uncomfortable and super full all the time. Here are 3 signs that can easily tell if you have really gained weight or are just bloated.
Do you feel big particularly after having your meal or on fixed dates like when you are menstruating? If yes, then it might not be weight gain, you are just bloated. If you have really gained weight, your belly will stay enlarged all the time. Your belly can swell when you are bleeding or when you have not pooped or even after consuming too much salt.
The first thing to determine if you have gained weight is to examine your belly visually. Can you see bulges in other parts of the body or is it only around the middle portion of the body? If it is widespread then you should start exercising to lose weight. But if it is localised then you are just gassy and you need to take appropriate measures for some relief.
The next is the pressure test. Gently press your stomach specifically around the swollen area. If your abdomen feels hard and tight, it means you are bloated. Generally, our stomach is soft and spongy and it remains the same even after gaining weight. If you can easily gasp an inch of your stomach, it can be due to excess of fat.