Just to be clear, having a little belly fat is actually good for you because it protects your intestines, stomach and other delicate organs.
It becomes an issue when you have excessive belly fat. Extra fat cells that lay deep in your abdomen, otherwise known as a visceral fat, can cause health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.
For some people when they decide to lose some belly fat they actually lose it.
On the other hand, others find it a struggle to lose stubborn belly fat.
After reading this post you will have a clear understanding of some of the most common reasons why you’re not losing belly fat.
1. Stress can cause stubborn belly fat
It’s very common to find yourself eating uncontrollably when you’re feeling stressed or emotional.
The next time you find yourself eating mindlessly try to snap out of it before your desire for junk food increases.
There’s a direct correlation between emotional eating and unhealthy eating.
Whenever you are going through an emotional time you’re more likely to eat junk foods than healthy foods. That’s because junk foods are very tasty and comforting (not that healthy foods aren’t).
The best way to respond to stress is by drinking a glass of water, taking a relaxing walk or simply talking to a friend.
Try to choose an activity that doesn’t involve eating as this will stop you from taking in extra calories when you’re feeling stressed or emotional.
There’s a hormone called cortisol that is produced whenever your body is feeling stressed. The problem with this hormone is that it can lead to weight gain when produced in excess, especially in the lower abdominal area.
2. Using a large plate every time you eat
No matter what it is, a buffet dinner or just a regular meal at home try to pay attention to the size of the plant that you use.
Studies have shown that people who prefer larger plates over smaller or medium size ones are more likely to gain weight.
In a large plate you have more space for more food, but how does this cause belly fat? it’s very simple.
Whenever you use a big plate you’re more likely to go massive on your food and more likely to consume more than your body requires which will lead to more fat stored in the body.
To avoid this, simply use a smaller plate each time and resist the urge to go back for more.
3. Eating very late at night
Your body burns fat when you sleep but if you go to bed with a full stomach it won’t do so efficiently.
Aside from the fact that it can cause belly fat, eating late at night can increase the risk of developing acid reflux and indigestion.
This happens because gravity is no longer able to pull the food in your tummy straight down.
To avoid these issues consider eating a small amount of meal at nights and don’t lie down for at least 2-3 hours after dinner.
4. Drinking fizzy drinks regularly
If somehow you’re still drinking soda on a regular basis then you don’t appreciate your body.
Sorry but there is no other way to say it.
Soda does absolutely nothing for your body except destroys it.
According to studies, consuming 1 to 2 bottles of soda daily can increase your waistline at least five times faster than those who hardly drink soda in the course of the week.
The thing about soda is that it’s designed to increase your craving for food so that you end up eating way more than you should during your meal times.
5. Not consuming enough healthy fats
A lot of people think that all fats are bad but that’s very far from the truth.
Your body needs healthy fats otherwise known as monounsaturated fats. These type of healthy fats can be found in foods such as olive oil seeds and avocados which do a job melting belly fat.
Be careful in consuming too much as they are still high fat foods. It must be done in moderation.
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