Many people struggle a lot with their belly fat, being one of the worst problem areas for those who are trying to get in shape.
Shedding weight from around our midsection is a huge challenge, even with hours in the gym.
This is especially the case for most women, who tend to gain more weight with age as the metabolism slows down, allowing the pounds to pile on.
However, age isn’t the only factor that contributes to this issue.
Here’s all that you need to know in order to shed fat from around your midsection easier and quicker!
Belly fat, also known as visceral fat, is the type of fat that also surrounds your internal organs.
As a result, an excess of visceral fat can lead to heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Dr. Mike Hoaglin, the Medical Director for DrHouse, explains that visceral fat cells are more active when compared to fat in other areas due to the fact that they are a direct food source for our internal organs.
What makes dropping weight and lowering blood sugar harder is the secretion of inflammatory chemicals known as cytokines.
So what causes excessive visceral fat in women?
Dr. Hoaglin notes that one of the main factors is stress which tends to release the fight or flight hormones such as cortisol.
Cortisol then leads to the body holding onto fat and sugar even harder and this is particularly the case around the middle area.
Of course, genetics play an important role in women as well, since women usually store more fat viscerally in the first place.
Bariatric surgeon Dr. Mir Ali mentions that “The main causes of abdominal obesity are poor diet, mainly too much sugar, alcohol, and trans fat, and not enough proteins. Lack of activity plays a pivotal role as well. Other contributing factors are lack of sleep and genetics.”
How do you get rid of the excess belly fat?
Unfortunately, targeting one area is not really how weight loss works.
Dr. Ali makes it very clear that “Unfortunately, you can’t target weight loss to certain areas such as your abdomen. However, losing weight overall will also lead to a reduction in truncal obesity.”
As a result, here are a few important steps you should follow if you’re worried about your visceral fat:
– limit your refined carbs intake,
– increase your intake of fiber,
– lower your sugar intake,
– get your 8 hours of sleep,
– exercise consistently,
– reduce your stress levels.