Below are 7 reasons why you aren’t losing belly fat. It’s so hard, my dahlings, isn’t it? Consequently, losing belly fat is one of the most challenging things we face in trying to achieve positive weight loss results.
So, why is it so hard to get this part of our bodies under control?
First and foremost, it’s crucially important to understand that our belly fat can be a predictor of several threats to our health. These threats include insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. Yikes!
Although we know this, getting rid of our belly fat, even once we stabilize our health conditions, can feel impossible. However, finding the solution to our difficulty has everything to do with understanding the causes.
WHY YOU’RE NOT LOSING BELLY FAT
Did you know that our age can increase our belly fat? It is true that with age, our midsection can become susceptible to expansion. Those of you who are older may have noticed this annoying phenomenon!
Likewise as we age, we lose muscle mass. This, in turn, decreases the number of calories we burn.
Additionally, with time, our bodies tend to relish those pesky fat cells. This further increases belly fat.
BAD WORKOUT CHOICES
Furthermore, your workout regimen may not contain the best choice of exercises to help rid you of belly fat.
What exercises, then, are best for reducing belly fat? Always choose those exercises that create the “burn”.
Most noteworthy, crunches, walking, running, plank exercises, swimming, and even cycling can help you to burn belly fat effectively with consistent performance.
Additionally, hormonal shifts can sometimes contribute to increasing our midsection.
Prevention Magazine identified that insulin resistance could have a nasty effect on the hormone leptin. Leptin helps our bodies to recognize when it is full and satisfied.
If your leptin levels are out of whack, your body sometimes fails to recognize immediately that it is time to stop eating or that it is full.
Likewise, your dietary habits can completely ruin anything you are doing to take control of your belly fat.
To shed those excess pounds, take steps to eat meals that are rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Lean protein can be another ally in your quest for a trimmer waistline.
Even if you are vegetarian or vegan, these suggestions will stand you in good stead. After all, lean protein is not found only in meat, fish, eggs or dairy products.
Try to steer clear of processed foods. Let me change that – READ MY LIPS! STAY CLEAR of processed foods. This is your grandmother speaking! These foods contain high levels of sugar and saturated fat.
If you have to have the occasional handful of potato chips – and we all do – go for it. But be intentional and measured about it.
TOO MUCH SODA
Do you drink soda like it’s water? If so, it is highly likely that this beverage is contributing to the fat around your midsection. Studies show that people who drink sugary sodas have a higher risk of developing fat around their organs.
Likewise, people who consume sugary drinks often are most likely to experience a gain of 27 percent more visceral fat than people who never drink them.
By the way, fruit juices also have very high amounts of sugar. If you feel a craving for juice, grab a piece of juicy fruit rather than its juice.
Stress can also manifest itself in abdominal fat.
This side effect has everything to do with cortisol levels that have a way of rising when we are feeling overwhelmed by circumstances and events.
Last but not least, your belly does not like it when you skip getting a good night’s rest. Believe it or not, too little sleep also contributes to belly fat!
Your body needs adequate time to burn fat in the body. That includes the fat in your belly.
When we fail to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night, our body convinces itself that it has to hold onto unwanted pounds – just in case you need it for more energy.
I have to say at this point that if you’re my age (73), or even younger, you will likely find getting even 6 hours of sleep a night a challenge! My only advice would be to focus on the other strategies I’ve mentioned while working on the sleep issue.
CONCLUSION – FOR NOW
These are just seven reasons you may be having a difficult time losing the belly fat. Finding the magical fix to help you shed the fat can feel overwhelming. However, you can take steps to experience a positive outcome.
You now have the power to begin making small changes that will help you to get your midsection under control. Keep in mind that results will not appear overnight. However, with regular performance, they will emerge with time.
It is always my fond hope that you will find this information helpful, and I welcome and look forward to your comments, questions and feedback!
And remember — Fitness with Attitude, everyone!