It’s not just for vanity’s sake that you need to get rid of that wobbly tummy. Having fat around your stomach raises far more complications than not being able to fit into your favorite pair of jeans; it can lead to an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or even obesity.
Since it contains visceral fat that is hard to lose, the belly region is usually the last region that sheds weight when you’re trying to slim down. If dieting and exercising haven’t been of much help, there may be other reasons that are responsible for your belly fat.
If you’ve tried a variety of ways to shed the fat around your tummy but have been unable to do so, here a few reasons why.
1. You’re Eating The Wrong Kind Of Protein
While you may be meeting your daily protein requirements, you’re probably not
2. Your Fitness Routine Is Lopsided
Is your routine at the gym leaning either only towards cardio or lifting weights? This could be a responsible for your stubborn belly fat. A combination of both cardio and strength training gets rid of a majority of your belly fat. Make sure to
3. You Have An Autoimmune Condition
Many medications cause a variety of side effects, one of them being weight gain. However, corticosteroids like cortisone (used for ulcerative colitis, arthritis, etc.) and prednisone (used to treat arthritis, multiple sclerosis, etc.) mostly lead to extra pounds collecting around your tummy area, specifically.
Consult with your doctor and ask him to suggest an alternative medication. There is, however, some good news if corticosteroids are all you should be taking; the weight that is gained from these medicines is usually much easier to lose than the
4. You’re Eating Too Much Processed Food
Processed foods, even the low-calorie ones, can have a very high sodium and sugar content which basically spells double trouble for your waistline.
Salty foods make your body retain water, especially around the abdomen area, while your body tends to store sugar as body fat, even when this sugar comes in it’s most natural form (like honey). Therefore, stop loading your shelves with processed foods, and stick to the natural sources instead.
5. You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep
Not getting enough shut-eye can lead to weight gain, and a majority of this weight happens to collect around your stomach.1 Getting fewer hours of sleep activates your hunger-causing hormones, thus pushing you to overeat. Additionally, if you’re feeling tired, chances are that you might even be tempted to skip the gym. The combination of eating too much and not sticking to your workout routine is bound to aggravate your belly fat condition.
Get a minimum of 7–8 hours of sleep every day. This will help you feel well-rested with enough energy to run your entire day.
6. You’re Skipping Meals
You might think that skipping meals
Try to not skip meals, and instead, eat small portions of healthy food every few hours so that your metabolism stays active. Most importantly, try to never skip your breakfast. Having a healthy breakfast that includes oats, eggs, and fruit will keep you full and energized till it’s time for your afternoon meal, which means you don’t need to worry about having to satisfy your growling tummy with a quick donut.
There are many reasons for belly fat accumulation. If you can zero in on what the reason for your belly fat
|↑1||Hairston, Kristen G., Michael Bryer-Ash, Jill M. Norris, Steven Haffner, Donald W. Bowden, and Lynne E. Wagenknecht. “Sleep duration and five-year abdominal fat accumulation in a minority cohort: the IRAS family study.” Sleep 33, no. 3 (2010): 289-295.|
|↑2||Kliewer, Kara L., Jia-Yu Ke, Hui-Young Lee, Michael B. Stout, Rachel M. Cole, Varman T. Samuel, Gerald I. Shulman, and Martha A. Belury. “Short-term food restriction followed by controlled refeeding promotes gorging behavior, enhances fat deposition, and diminishes insulin sensitivity in mice.” The Journal of nutritional biochemistry 26, no. 7 (2015): 721-728.|