Why is belly fat stubborn?

Why is belly fat so hard to get rid off? Let’s start with a little Science.

The body carries two fat cells – alpha and beta. The process of fat burning is known as lipolysis and alpha cells typically respond better. The reason why it’s harder to lose fat in some areas is due to the presence of more beta cells. These areas are usually the hip, thighs and belly.

But maybe the reason is that you are doing it wrong or not doing enough of the right things. Here are a few common reasons.

You’re not sleeping enough

Sleep is essential as, among other things, it is when our body repairs itself. In fat loss, the lack of adequate sleep increases the production of the hormone ghrelin, which is what triggers that hungry feeling leading you to overeat. Suffice to say we all know what happens when we overeat especially on stubborn fat areas.

Stress is fat friendly

It’s a common misconception that when you’re stressed, you’ll lose weight albeit in an unhealthy manner. While it’s not totally wrong, it’s not totally true either. Stress wreaks havoc on the body. Cortisol production goes into overdrive and this often results in sugary cravings. When levels of cortisol remain high for a long period, it can increase the amount of fat in the belly.

Too much exercise

While exercise is a good thing but too much of anything is never good. Your body needs time to recover and if it’s not permitted to do so – you will crash badly possibly leading to detrimental situations. Another about note on exercise is that there’s no such thing as spot exercises when it comes to losing that belly fat. You need to work your whole body so they work in tandem to help lose fat – stubborn or otherwise.

Not eating right

Not all fat is bad. Healthy fat such as those found in avocados, nuts and fish actually supplement and maintain what your body needs to function; including the ability to shed unwanted weight. Additionally, you should cut down on processed food because they do not keep you full for longer. Instead, you’ll end up eating more!

Age matters

The older you get, the slower your metabolic rate gets. This affects your calorie burning capability but it doesn’t mean you can’t age gracefully or healthily. Be physically active with exercises that are “friendlier” to your age and always mind what you eat. Success is also dependent on the ratio of what you consume to what you put out. At the end of the day, diet is equally crucial and even more arguably, when it comes to any weight and fat loss.

The belly fat may be stubborn so you should be too in your effort to get rid of them. But stubborn in your persistence in going about doing it the right way. Do not give up and more importantly, do not give in to temptations such as quick fixes and wrong advice.