What is Causing Your Belly Fat?

An expanding waistline is sometimes seen as the price of getting older. For women, this may be especially true after menopause, when body fat tends to shift from the arms, legs and hips to the abdomen. Yet an increase in belly fat may do more than make it hard to zip up your jeans. Research indicates that it also can raise your risk of numerous health consequences. It is very important to understand what is causing belly fat in the first place in order to start working on them. Sometimes making small changes in your lifestyle makes a lot of difference.

Here are a few reasons which cause belly fat :

  • Wrong eating for your body type. Different bodies need different eating plans.
  • Incorrect exercise for your body type. Sustained high pulse rate exercise can work against fat burning. The body burns fat when hormones are triggered correctly.
  • Incorrect exercise pattern. Optimum exercise can be determined by measuring the person’s activation and recover periods.
  • Overtraining. Fat burning occurs 24-48 hours later in the rest period, not during exercise.
  • Low potassium foods. Potassium assists in inhibiting fat storage.
  • Poor and inadequate sleep. Fat burning occurs in deep sleep, not during the day.
  • Environmental hormone mimickers. Endocrine disruptions can inhibit hormone function.
  • Dieting over cravings or hunger. High nutrient dense foods turn off cravings and excessive hunger. Hinger triggers cortisol.
  • Wrong protein consumption. Poor quality or excessive protein can inhibit the liver’s ability to store fat.
  • Poor enzyme consumption. Foods that are cooked, processed, refined, pasteurised, and roasted inhibit enzymes.
  • Hidden fluid retainers. Hidden sodium content in MSG as modified food starch and artificial sweeteners can influence fluid weight gain.
  • Gland inhibitors. Alcohol, drugs, chemicals and synthetic sugars in foods can inhibit glands and organ functions.
  • Hidden sugars. Sugar triggers insulin and in the presence of insulin, fat burning hormones are inhibited.
  • High stress quals high cortisol. The high stress hormone cortisol can inhibit fat burning hormones.
  • Eating for calorie reduction and not for health. It’s nit “lose weight to get healthy”. It’s “get healthy to lose weight”.

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29 Comments Add yours

  1. Useful and good post 👍

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you liked it Sangeetha. Our Indian food is very rich in saturated fats and it is very easy to develop a belly.

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    1. GS says:

      Yup we are all guilty of it. 🙂

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  2. very helpful! thanks for posting!!

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    1. GS says:

      Glad you found it useful. Many people have this issue and would like to learn more about it specially with more people coming our of Covid sheltering in place with good belly 🙂

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      1. I’ve always had a bit of a belly, and more so after my two children. Now reaching menopause ugh!! I think its a bit worse. I try and work out every so often, Im not a gym freak. But eating habits are really important.

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      2. GS says:

        Yes Fat in the abdominal area can also increase the risk of type-2 diabetes. Losing weight especially fat around your belly needs regular exercise and restricted diet. Some foods can help in effective weight loss. Protein is one such essential nutrient that helps in weight loss and especially helps you burn belly fat.

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  3. ಅಂತರ್ಮುಖಿ says:

    Thank yu dear

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    1. GS says:

      Most welcome.

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  4. Hilary Tan says:

    That’s a big list of potential causes for increased fat storage, but what’s the solution besides diet and exercise?

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    1. GS says:

      Time advantage eating. You can try various methods of intermittent fasting. It puts the body in a fat burning mode.

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      1. Hilary Tan says:

        I’ve been doing 20:4 intermittent fasting for a week now and I like it so far. During the 20 hours I don’t eat but will have an occasional unsweetened coffee or lemon water. I don’t do the warrior diet because I feel like it slows down my metabolism a lot.

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      2. GS says:

        Yes it takes about a week of intermittent fasting for the fat burning mode to kick in. Keep at it. Try herbal tea instead of coffee.

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      3. Hilary Tan says:

        I’ve been drinking green tea or coffee. Lately I’ve been drinking a lot of iced coffee because of a promotion that’s happening. I would probably be better off drinking herbal tea or lemon water. Do you do intermittent fasting?

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      4. GS says:

        Yes 14-16 hours daily and I do minimum of 30 minutes (if not more) of running/walking everyday. I am still a work in progress. But I am keeping at it.

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      5. Hilary Tan says:

        Wow! That’s really awesome and inspiring! ❤Keep up the excellent work and never give up ❤

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      6. GS says:

        Thank you.

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  5. Ab says:

    A good list. To be honest, these days, what’s causing belly fat is being at home and working at home next to the fridge. 😂 I must eat 10 meals a day. Hahaha.

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    1. GS says:

      Hahhahaha yes. The key is to drink water. It’s easy to miss on it. The body has same centres for water depletion and hunger. So when you think you are hungry, you body might actually be asking for more water as it is dehydrated.

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    1. GS says:

      Hahahah…we all (Indians) are guilty of it.

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  6. Dragthepen says:

    Great information.👍

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    1. GS says:

      To banish stubborn belly fat, you have to ramp up your workouts. In a study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, people who completed a high-intensity workout regimen lost more belly fat than those who followed a low-intensity plan.

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      1. Dragthepen says:

        absolutely the truth. I am sweating it out. Thank you for stopping by dragthepen.

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      2. GS says:

        Great going.

        Like

  7. Rambler says:

    does it matter that few people dont adopt their food habits with their changing bodies. I have seen how my matabolism has changed drastically at couple of points in my life. One was probably when I turned 26, and then when I turned 34/35

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    1. GS says:

      Aging is linked to a variety of changes in the body, including muscle loss, thinner skin and less stomach acid. Low stomach acid can affect the absorption of nutrients, such as vitamin B12, calcium, iron and magnesium. So Yes it matters.

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