Many men complain about their stomachs starting to protrude, causing them to hit the gym or frantically search for a way to reduce the size, all to no avail. Sometimes, you are the cause of your own problem. You may not be eating so much food, but you may the eating a lot of the wrong kinds of meals. Check out why your stomach is getting bigger in the list below and see which one you are guilty of:

Complex Carbohydrates: It is true that, to build up your muscles, you need a good amount of protein and some fat, but you have to watch how much carbohydrate you are taking in. Foods like Yam, Beans, Potatoes are rich in sugar and fibre, which in the right quantity are not bad for the consumer, but when consumed too much, can cause the tommy to stretch, because they are slower to digest. So do you eat rice every day? Or is it Yam? Or do you go from rice for breakfast to yam for lunch and beans for dinner? You are doing everything wrong sir.

Sugary beverages

Studies have shown a link between high sugar intake and excess belly fat. This may be largely due to the high fructose content of added sugars. Both regular sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are high in fructose. Frequently consuming foods and beverages high in sugar or high-fructose corn syrup may cause you to gain belly fat.


Alcohol can have both healthy and harmful effects on your body. When consumed in moderate amounts, especially red wine, it may lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However, Alcohol suppresses fat burning and that excess calorie from alcohol are partly stored as belly fat.

Trans fats

Trans fats are the unhealthiest fats on the planet. They’re created by adding hydrogen to unsaturated fats in order to make them more stable and are often used to extend the shelf life of packaged foods, such as muffins, baking mixes and crackers. Trans fats have been shown to cause inflammation and can lead to insulin resistance, heart disease and various other diseases. Doughnuts, cookies, crackers, muffins, pies and cakes are examples of foods that may contain trans fat so watch it, will you?

Low-protein diets

Getting adequate dietary protein is one of the most important factors in preventing weight gain. High-Protein diets increase your metabolic rate and lead to a spontaneous reduction in calorie intake. Low protein intake may drive hunger and belly fat gain. It may also increase the hunger hormone. People who consume the highest amount of protein are the least likely to have excess belly fat.


An inactive lifestyle is one of the biggest risk factors for poor health. People have generally become less active than a couple of decades ago. This has played a role in the rising rates of obesity, including abdominal obesity. Inactivity contributes to the regain of belly fat after losing weight.