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Why Do I Have Fat Rolls When Sitting?

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When you sit down, do you have a layer of fat rolls that form on your stomach? You’re not alone. About 65% of Americans have fat rolls when sitting. But what are they and why do we get them? Keep reading to find out!

sitting tummy rolls

As a general rule, fat rolls when sitting is caused by weight gain or pregnancy. The fatty tissue surrounding your internal organs will expand, leading to an increase in omentum–the layer underneath that flap nicknamed aprons famous for protecting our kitchens from messes like spills and dirty dishes!

In this article, I will give you reasons why fat rolls happen when sitting.  I’ve been advising patients on seated egonomics for 30 years, treating patients,, researching, designing simple solutions (even a successful Kickstarter campaign!), and I even published a book on how to sit properly. 

Why Is My Stomach Flat Until I Sit Down? 

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The stomach is an organ that is located in the upper abdomen, just below the rib cage. It is a muscular and hollow organ that stores food and helps to break it down for digestion. The stomach has several important functions, including:

– storing food temporarily

– breaking down food into smaller pieces

– mixing food with digestive juices

– moving food into the small intestine for further digestion and absorption

When you sit down, gravity helps to pull the stomach contents down into the lower part of the stomach. This can help to flatten out the stomach and give it a flatter appearance. Additionally, when you sit down, your abdominal muscles can Relax and this can also contribute to a flatter stomach.

Best Tip for Not Fat Rolls While Sitting?

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Why Does My Belly Look Fat When I Sit Down?

office worker fat rolls

When you sit down, your stomach may protrude more than when you stand up. This is because the position of your body changes when you sit, and this can cause your stomach to look larger than it actually is. There are a few things that can cause this to happen:

1. Your posture: When you sit, your spine isn’t as straightforward as it is when you stand. This can cause your stomach to stick out more.

2. Your clothing: If you’re wearing tight clothing, it can also make your stomach look bigger than it actually is.

3. The position of your legs: If you cross your legs or put them too close together, this can also cause your stomach to protrude.

If you’re concerned about how your stomach looks when you sit down, there are a few things you can do to help minimize the appearance of a protruding stomach.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing: This will help to camouflage your stomach and make it look smaller.
  • Sit up straight: Good posture will help to flatten out your stomach and make it look smaller.
  • Cross your legs at the ankles: This position will help to keep your stomach from protruding too much.
  • Place a pillow or cushion behind your back: This will help to support your spine and prevent your stomach from sticking out.
  • Use a small stool or ottoman to prop up your feet: This will help to keep your legs in a better position and prevent your stomach from protruding.

If you’re still concerned about how your stomach looks when you sit down, talk to your doctor or a dietitian. They can help you determine if there’s anything else that might be causing your stomach to protrude and give you tips on how to minimize the appearance of a protruding stomach.

What Causes Stomach Rolls?

what causes fat rolls

As a general rule, there are many things that can cause stomach rolls, including:

-Diet: Eating a diet high in processed foods, sugars, and saturated fats can lead to excess weight gain and abdominal fat accumulation.

-Lack of exercise: A sedentary lifestyle can lead to weight gain and abdominal fat accumulation.

-Genetics: Some people are more prone to carrying extra weight in their midsection due to genetics.

-Pregnancy: During pregnancy, the growing uterus puts pressure on the abdomen, which can cause stomach rolls to form.

-Aging: As we age, our skin loses elasticity and gravity takes its toll, which can cause stomach rolls to form.

If you are concerned about stomach rolls, there are some things you can do to help prevent them.

-Eat a healthy diet: Focus on eating whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive amounts of saturated fat.

-Exercise regularly: A combination of cardio and strength training can help you lose weight and tone your body.

-Wear supportive clothing: Wearing tight-fitting clothing can help to hold in excess skin and prevent stomach rolls from forming.

-Talk to a doctor: If you are concerned about your weight or abdominal appearance, talking to a doctor can give you peace of mind and provide guidance on how to improve your health.

How Do You Get Rid of Fat Rolls?

man exercising

If you are wondering how to get rid of fat rolls, there are a few things that you can do. First, try to avoid gaining weight in the first place. This may seem like common sense, but it is often easier said than done. If you are already overweight, try to lose some weight slowly and steadily. You can do this by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

If you are carrying around the extra weight in your midsection, there are a few ways that you can get rid of it. Some people opt for liposuction in the area. This is a surgical procedure that removes fat from the body through suction. Others opt to have a tummy tuck. This is a surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the stomach area.

However, if you are not interested in surgery, there are some non-surgical options that you can try. One option is to use a body wrap. This will help to temporarily tighten and smooth the skin. Another option is to use creams or gels that contain ingredients that help to break down fat cells.

Whatever method you choose, make sure that you are realistic about your expectations. Getting rid of fat rolls is not going to happen overnight. It will take time and effort on your part, but it is possible to get rid of them for good. Talk to your doctor about which option would be best for you.

Why Do My Legs Look So Fat When I Sit Down?


There are a few reasons why your legs might look bigger when you sit down. It could be due to the way that your body stores fat, or it could be due to the way that your muscles and joints are positioned when you’re sitting. If you’re concerned about how your legs look when you sit down, there are a few things you can do to help slim them down.

One reason why your legs might look bigger when you sit down is because of how your body stores fat. When you stand up, gravity pulls the fat in your legs downward, making them appear smaller. But when you sit down, gravity works against you, and the fat in your legs tends to push outward, making them look bigger.

Why Do I Look So Overweight When I’m Sitting Down? 

One of the most common complaints I hear from women who are trying to lose weight is that they look overweight when they sit down. This can be a real frustration, especially if you feel like you’re doing everything right but the scale isn’t budging.

There are a few reasons why you might look heavier when you sit down. One possibility is that you are carrying extra weight in your abdominal area. This can happen even if you’re not technically overweight because fat tends to collect in this area. If you have a lot of abdominal fat, it can make you look larger when you sit down.

Another reason why you might look heavier when you sit down is because of how your clothes fit.

Why Am I Skinny Standing Up, but My Belly Fats Out Laying Down?

Your body shape is determined by a variety of factors, including your skeletal structure, muscle mass, and fat distribution. However, how these factors interact to create your overall shape can vary depending on your position. For example, you may appear skinny standing up, but your belly fats out when you lie down.

There are a few possible explanations for this phenomenon. First, it’s possible that you have more abdominal fat than other types of fat. This type of fat is more likely to accumulate in the stomach area, which can make your belly protrude more when you’re lying down. Second, you may have less muscle mass in your abdominal area than in other parts of your body. This can cause your stomach to look larger relative to the rest of your body when you’re lying down.

If you’re concerned about your appearance, there are a few things you can do to slim down your stomach area. First, you can try to lose weight overall. This will help reduce the amount of fat in your entire body, including your abdomen. Second, you can focus on building muscle in your abdominal area. This will help give you a more toned stomach and make it less likely that fat will accumulate in this area. Finally, you can try wearing clothing that flatters your stomach area, such as high-waisted pants or a form-fitting top. With a little effort, you can achieve the slim, toned look you desire.


‘Fat rolls’ are simply a layer of fat that accumulates when we sit down. This is because the muscles in our stomach and abs work to keep us upright, and the excess fat hangs off of them. While they may not be attractive, they are harmless and there is no real way to get rid of them. So next time you’re sitting at your computer, don’t stress about your fat rolls – just relax and know that you’re in good company! Thanks for reading.








Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort. With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.


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