There are plenty of reasons why your abdominal fat, which can be a predictor of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and some cancers, may be stubbornly sticking around
Getting rid of your belly fat is important for more than just the looks. Excess abdominal fat-particularly visceral fat is a predictor of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and some cancers. If you are one of many people who despite trying many ways including jogging, various diet treatments and even nutribullet shakes but they can’t understand the possible reasons why the belly fat won’t budge.
Below are some of the reasons you can blame for the stubborn belly fat and ways to fix it.
As you get older, your body changes how it gains and loses weight. Both men and women experience a declining metabolic rate, or the number of calories the body needs to function normally. On top of that, women have to deal with menopause. If women gain weight after menopause, it’s more likely to be in their bellies. In menopause, production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone slows down. Meanwhile, testosterone levels also start to drop, but at a slower rate. This shift in hormones causes women to hold on to weight in their bellies.
2. Wrong Workout:
A daily run or Spin class is great for your heart, but cardio workouts alone won’t do much for your waist. “You need to do a combination of weights and cardiovascular training,” says Dr. Sandeep Kalra, Family Practitioner and principal at Dietscienceleader. Strength training increases muscle mass, which sets your body up to burn more fat, thus more calories burnt.
3. Too easy workout
To banish stubborn belly fat, you have to ramp up your workouts. In a study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, people who completed a high-intensity workout regimen lost more belly fat than those who followed a low-intensity plan. “You need to exercise at full intensity because the end goal is to burn more calories, and high intensity exercise does just that,” says Dr. Kalra.
4. Improper Exercises
Doing crunches the improper way and in a one time short burst can actually hurt you, even can be reason for back pain. Instead, do functional exercises that use the muscles in your core — abdominals, back, pelvic, obliques — as well as other body parts. These exercises use more muscles, so there is a higher rate of calorie burn while you are doing them. At DSL we guide the proper way of doing exercises to build tone and muscle strength along with an optimal mix of cardio.
5. Eating Wrong Fats
The body doesn’t react to all fats in the same way. Monounsaturated fats (the kind in olive oil and avocados) and specific types of polyunsaturated fats (mainly omega-3s, found in walnuts, sunflower seeds, and fatty fish like salmon) have anti-inflammatory effects in the body, and if eaten in proper portions may do your body good. Remember that eating too much fat of any kind increases your calorie intake and could lead to weight gain, so enjoy healthy fats in moderation. We at Dietscienceleader provide a balanced approach to eating healthy with right portions and right balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates.
Any source of stress makes it harder for you to drop unwanted pounds, especially from your middle. And it’s not just because you tend to reach for high-fat, high-calorie fare when you’re stressed, though that’s part of it. It’s also due to the stress hormone cortisol, which may increase the amount of fat your body clings to and enlarge your fat cells. Higher levels of cortisol have been linked to more visceral fat.
If your testosterone levels are high — something that can occur with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) — you might have difficulty losing weight. It’s a good idea to see your doctor,” Dr. Kalra says, since there may also be a chance that you are prediabetic or diabetic.