6 Reasons Why That Belly Fat Isn’t Melting
A little fat on your stomach won’t harm you, but if you have too much of it you are probably stressed and doing everything you believe is in your power to get rid of it. Extra fat in the abdominal area can lead to an increased production of adipose tissue hormones which can cause inflammations in your body and eventually lead to diabetes and heart problems. So, you see, abdominal fat is nothing to joke about. Therefore it is important to make certain lifestyle changes in order to get rid of the extra fat on your body, which will contribute to your overall health.
If you have been trying for some time now to melt that belly fat and nothing you do seems to be working, don’t give up. A fitness trainer, Obi Obadike, says that certain parts of the body are more prone to store fat, and stomach is one of those parts. For this stubborn fat to go away, you need to know what you have been doing wrong. Once you know what is stopping you from melting that belly fat, you will be able to change those habits and make it easier to get leaner, so here are the things standing in your way.
You have been depressed
Depression itself doesn’t make you fat, but people who are depressed are usually more likely to have more belly fat than those who are not depressed. This probably happens because people suffering from depression aren’t exactly physically active, and they make poor food choices, which leads to fat piling up. This claim has been confirmed by a study conducted at the Rush University Medical Center.
You can deal with depression, and consequently with your belly fat, by starting to exercise because, as an endocrinologist from Chicago, Dr. Kazlauskaite suggests, it will make you more motivated to engage in socialization and do other things that will make the depression go away. Once you stop being depressed you will be more able to take care of your nutrition and melt that belly fat. In case you can’t seem to make the depression go away and you’ve tried hard, it is probably time to see a psychiatrist.
You eat processed foods too often
Processed foods are packed with artificial ingredients and additives and they are often full of simple carbs and added sugars. These foods make the levels of your blood sugar go out of control – it usually reaches a very high level which makes insulin tell your liver to keep that belly fat where it is. Every food packed with sugar, openly declared or hidden, will prevent you from melting that boring belly fat.
You don’t have to entirely stop eating these foods, just limit their consumption. There are very good replacements for all these ‘bad’ foods. Adding more vegetables to your plate will make you less eager to eat junk after your meal.
You have a magnesium deficiency
When you have enough magnesium in your body, most of your body’s functions are well. Magnesium is in charge of controlling and regulating more than 300 functions in our body. When your body lacks magnesium you get a sudden urge for sweet treats and that often leads to overeating on those sugary foods and an instant belly fat layer. On the other hand, according to a study conducted in 2013 and reviewed by TIME magazine, people who consume more magnesium daily have lower levels of blood sugar and insulin.
Foods rich in magnesium are bananas, soybeans and leafy greens, and eating them will improve your body’s functions and ability to melt fat.
You drink diet soda every day
People who drink too much diet soda tend to be more likely to pile up belly fat, according to a study published in Obesity. This may be because when drinking diet soda people think that they have taken in much less calories, so they allow themselves to overeat on foods. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that included 749 people at the age of 65 and above discovered that those who drank diet soda in a period of 9 years gained three times more fat than those who didn’t drink it. As diet soda is packed with artificial sweeteners and is much sweeter than regular soda, it makes us crave for sweeter treats and once we indulge in them we prevent our bodies from losing fat.
The best decision you could make is to stay away from soda altogether, but if you can’t yet make that step, then pay attention to the calories you take in during the day and increase your water intake, and you will maybe crave soda less.
You do abs exercises wanting to lose belly fat
True, these exercises will make your abdominal muscles stronger and prettier once you lose belly fat that covers them, but they are not the way to become leaner. No, you are not doing the wrong kind of workout for your abs, the fact is that you are probably focusing locally instead of focusing on melting body fat in general, which will lead to melting of belly fat.
What you need to do to lose that body fat is not crazy abs workouts but cardio training and changing your overall eating habits. Clean eating is a very important part of this process. It does not just mean cutting out junk food from your diet but also adding healthy foods, such as lean meats, eggs, salads, and avoiding highly processed sugary foods and drinks.
You are under a lot of stress
Stress is a trigger for weight gain, because when you are stressed your body produces more cortisol (stress hormone) that prevents weight loss and can even make you gain weight even if you are eating right and working out.
Take time to relax. Do the things that make you happy and try not to let everything upset you.