Originally posted on March 20, 2014 by Lindsay Newitter at The Posture Police
I am not about to propose a miracle pill to get rid of belly fat or even a particular exercise to do on a daily basis. Many people spend most of their day holding in their belly to hide that it sticks out. Holding in the belly can become so habitual that a lot of folks forget that they are doing it. Yes, diet and exercise (or lack their of) certainly contribute to whether or not a person carries around excess weight, but whether or not your belly sticks out can also depend greatly on your posture.
If you are compressing your body from the top down and from the sides in (what most adults do), this will most likely result in you leaning back when you stand and exaggerating the lumbar curve in your lower back. What’s on the front side of your lumbar curve? Your belly! So if the back is going in, then the front must be sticking out.