It sounds like it could be fake science, but believe me when I say that the places where fat and extra pounds can develop on your body are often determined by lots of different factors. When it comes to weight gain, and in turn weight loss, it isn’t a ‘one rule for all’ sort of thing when it comes to the food and actions that affect different areas of your body. What might be true for your hips, might be different for your boobs, which can be even more different for your butt. Here are four of the main factors that contribute to belly fat.
Stress can have a negative impact on your physical health as well as your mental health. Experts say that when you are under lots of stress, your body goes into a sort of survival mode where it starts to store fat in your belly thanks to the overproduction of the stress hormone cortisol. In a way, it is trying to protect you for the future because it reads your stress as a fight for survival!
Hormones, in general, can be a real bitch when it comes to belly fat. Oestrogen, in particular, is a hormone that can encourage fat deposits in your abdominal area. You can try to regulate this hormone activity slightly by doing things like increasing your fibre intake, and adding foods such as cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli to your diet.
Surprise! What you eat can have an impact on how much fat you have in your body. World breaking news right!? When it comes to a flat belly encouraging diet, you should be avoiding as much sugar and sweetened drinks as possible, eating protein with every single meal, and reducing your intake of refined carbs to an almost non-existent amount. The ideal math is something like 25% carbs, 40% protein, and 35% healthy fats.
4. Insulin Resistance
Experts in the field have recently put forward the theory that belly fat can be driven by an increased insulin resistance in the body. The way to reduce insulin resistance is to do everything that you can in your diet to avoid inflammation from occurring within your body, as well as being prescribed appropriate supplements to achieve the desired results.