Here's How To Tell If You're Bloated or Fat

It's not easy to tell if you are bloated or fat. Often the answer is not one or the other; it's both. But, there are clues to use for detecting when bloating is involved.

Localized versus Widespread - One way to tell the source of your stomach's bulge is by looking in the mirror. Ask yourself, "Am I bulging in other places or just my stomach?" The conditions that make you fat don't just exist in one place. They are spread over different areas of your body. So you will see layers of fat covering other places, like your thighs, hips, and buttocks; not just your stomach. If you're skinny everywhere except your abdomen, you're probably bloated.

Firm versus Spongy - Pressing on your stomach will also help you tell if it is fat or bloating. Fat will normally feel spongy when pressure is applied. Bloating is generally tight and firm. If you can grab more than an inch or two of your stomach using your thumb and fingers you are gripping fat. When you are bloated you won't be able to do this. Your abdomen is stretched out too tight.

Constant versus Intermittent - Another clue to the source of your belly bulge is its duration. Fat cells build up over time. And they don't go away easily once they are formed. However, bloating can come and go; sometimes in just a matter of hours. So, if your stomach starts flat, but balloons through the day, you are bloating.

Painful versus Pain-Free - Finally, bloating is almost always accompanied by pain. But we don't experience pain in our abdomen because we have fat. The presence of discomfort, belching, or gas at the same time your belly expands are indicators that bloating is occurring.

Even after looking at all the clues, it's often hard to tell fat from bloating. The best way to know for sure is to take a bloating assessment. To get a free on-line assessment, click here --> stomach bloating assessment.

Now that you know what stomach bloating is and how to tell if you have it, you need to know what causes stomach bloating so you can take the right steps to get it under control.