What causes belly fat?

What causes belly fat?

Just like any additions to the hip area, belly fat is particularly hard to shift. We know it gets there, and how annoying it is, but why exactly does it build up right there in front of us like that?

There are a number of reasons why we are all prone to belly fat, and of course some people more than others. Belly fat builds up over time, but sometimes it can seem as if it appears instantly to remind you of anything rich or yummy you have allowed yourself recently.

On factor that contributes to belly fat, and it’s a particularly unfair one, is your genes. Some people store fat in the lower portion of the body, hence the hips or thighs are the first to take the hit when calorie consumption increases. Other people notice that it makes its way to the centre of the body and makes itself comfortable on the tummy area.

Aside from the pot luck aspect of genes, there are more controllable factors with belly fat, stress being one of them. If you are stressed out, your body releases cortisol, which makes the liver create excess sugar. This sugar gets stored up in, you’ve guessed it, the belly area. Cutting down on stress with make weight loss easier.

Age plays a role to for women too when it comes to belly fat and the menopause makes the whole thing a bit more tricky to get a handle on. The metabolism slows at exactly the point that your body starts to store more fat, especially in the belly area.

How you eat plays a role. Make sure to pack in the fruit and vitamins, chew properly and avoid eating late at night and you will help yourself in the battle against the belly fat. It’s not easy, but if you can modify how you eat, turn of the exercise dial a little, you can help yourself to bring down the degree to which belly fat is a part of your life.

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