@Belly fat is more of a problem than just for aesthetic reasons. #It’s a predictor of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and some cancers. If your diet and exercise regimens aren’t working to melt your belly fat away like they do for other parts of your body, it’s time to make a change. The following are 12 pretty obvious but easily missed reasons why your belly fat won’t go away and how to fix them.
1. You’re eating too much processed foods.
Refined grains like white bread, crackers and chips, as well as refined sugars in sweetened drinks and desserts increase inflammation in our bodies. #Belly fat is associated with inflammation, so eating too many processed foods will hinder your ability to lose belly fat. #Natural foods like fruits, vegetables and whole grains are full of antioxidants, which have anti inflammatory properties and may therefore actually prevent belly fat.
2. You do not challenge yourself enough.
#To banish stubborn belly fat, you have to ramp up your workouts. In a recent study, people who completed a high-intensity workout regimen lost more belly fat than those who followed a low-intensity plan. (In fact, the low-intensity exercises experienced no significant changes at all.) You need to exercise at full intensity because the end goal is to burn more calories, and high intensity exercise does just that. #High intensity workouts mean you’re going all out for as long as you can. If this sounds intimidating, think of it this way: #You’ll burn more calories in less time.
3. You are constantly stressed.
Tight deadlines, bills, your kids whatever your source of stress, having too much of it may make 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.
4. You are not sleeping enough.
If you’re among the 30% of Americans who sleep less than six hours a night, here’s one simple way to whittle your waistline: catch more sleep. #A 16-year study of almost 70,000 women found that those who slept five hours or less a night were 30% more likely to gain 30 or more pounds than those who slept 7 hours. #So, aim for a minimum of 7 hours of sleep if you can’t get 8 hours, which is recommended by the American Health Institute.
5.You are not committed to losing your belly flab.
Are you committed to the work needed to lose belly fat? Reducing belly fat takes a combination approach of a low calorie diet that is high in fiber and low in carbohydrates and sugar along with cardiovascular and weight training. #If you are willing to do the work, you can move past genetics and lose that flab.