For many of us it is inevitable. That pesky belly fat sneaks up on you before you have a chance to say “diet!” Some people are blessed with a metabolism that will keep them belly-fat-free for their entire lives, but for most of us, we are going to have to face the battle of the belly budge some day. With enough determination, belly fat can be reduced or held at bay through a combination of diet and exercise. Why do we even develop belly fat to begin with? Here are 8 reasons that may help you avoid or eliminate that stubborn belly fat.
Unfortunately, there is not much we can do to stop the aging process. That doesn’t mean we have to give up and accept everything aging does to our bodies. Many of us, even if we change little or nothing about our lifestyle, will begin to pack on a few extra pounds around the middle as we get older. Fight back by starting on an exercise program and being more careful about what you eat.
#2 Processed foods
You’ve probably heard the reports about how all the unhealthy ingredients in processed foods are making us all heavier. There’s little doubt that food additives like high-fructose corn syrup and trans-fats are making us unhealthy and overweight.
There’s very little good to say about stress, and plenty of people could probably write a book about it if they were inclined. Busy schedules, financial problems and demanding jobs often make up the perfect recipe for stress which releases hormones that tell the body to retain body fat.
#4 Lack of sleep
A bad night’s sleep or not enough time devoted to getting a good night’s sleep may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about causes for weight gain, but it can be a significant factor. A study that was conducted over the course of 16 years found that women who routinely sleep five hours or less per night were 30 percent more likely to pack on 30 or more excess pounds compared to those that slept for at least seven hours.