Almost everyone dreams of a perfect body shape, a flat tummy and yeah, 6 pack abs too. Well that’s not the case when a number of factors come in to out-grow your abdominal fat. Belly fat can be a sign of certain diseases, including diabetes, insulin resistance and heart diseases.
Although appropriate exercise and a healthy diet lowers belly fat, other factors such as your hormones, age, and other genetic factors should be considered also.
See below factors that may hinder the loss of belly fat;
Eating the wrong kind of foods
There are some foods that have been proven to be effective for weight loss and rich in antioxidants for the health of your body. They include fruits like Apples, Mangoes, Oranges and Vegetables like spinach, broccoli and many more.
However, eating refined grains such as white bread, crackers, and chips, increase inflammation in our bodies. Added sugars in sweetened drinks may increase your appetite, causing weight gain, and also puts you at risk of diabetes and cancer.
Taking too much of these foods decreases your ability to lose belly fat.
Not Exercise enough
Exercises not crunches are the key to burning belly fat. Doing functional exercises that uses more muscles from various body parts especially the abdomen burns calories faster.
Apple Shaped Body
Peole who are apple shaped and overweight tend to have body fat accumulated in the torso around the abdominal area.
Studies suggest that being apple shaped makes losing belly fat harder. It could also increase your chances of heart diseases and diabetes due to excessive belly fat.
Being too stressed makes losing more fat difficulty, especially when you so need to burn it out.
Cortisol, a stress hormone released in response to the event, may increase the amount of your body and enlarge your fat cells.
Not Having Enough Sleep
Adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, but most people don’t know this or just decide to do as they like. Others, don’t even sleep at all during the night while some get as low as 2 or 3 hours of sleep which is not good enough, Dr Bello.
Sleep deprivation reduces leptin, which is a hormone that suppresses appetite and encourages the body to use available energy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lack of sleep is a public health problem and a contributing factor to many chronic health conditions that include diabetes, heart disease, obesity and obstructive sleep apnoea.
Too Many Trans Fats
According to research, visceral fats are linked to excess intake of saturated fats. Eating too much fat increases your calorie consumption and may cause you to gain more weight than expected.
Our body reacts differently to all kinds of foods, especially fats in this case. Be mindful of your intake as it may be harmful to your health not just your looks.
Eating very late at night
It is essential to go to bed after 2 – 3 hours of eating, this habit can reduce your risk of belly fat, acid reflux and indigestion.
When you sleep, your body burns fat, but doing so right after eating interrupts this process. Your body tend to store those calories as fat rather than energy and forces you to gain weight and extra belly fat.
Your diet doesn’t have enough protein
The average adult needs at least 20 to 25 g of protein in each meal. However, this could vary according to your activity levels and body size.
Protein helps reduce Ghrelin, a hormone which unlike leptin, increases your appetite and aids in weight gain.
Adding the right amount of protein in your meal helps boost metabolism, balance blood sugar, and reduces hunger, thus enhancing you weight loss with ease.
Ageing affects a number of bodily functions and processes, including hormonal changes.
In menopause, production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone slows down, leading to weight gain. Testosterone levels also start to drops.
The challenges hormones go through as you get older can cause weight gain, inflammation and chronic disease in excess insulin.
Studies suggest that the increase consumption of alcohol and the type that you consume can lead to weight gain and abdominal fat.
Taking too much of anything is harmful to health, alcohol in this case can cause inflammation and affect your liver.
Some other studies have linked moderate consumption of red wine to lower risk of heart attacks and strokes.