What part of your body are you most uncomfortable with? More often than not, the answer to that question has to do with the midsection—the ever-dreaded stomach pudge. So many people try to diet and be healthy, yet they can’t get that rid of that stubborn belly fat. It just doesn’t seem to budge!
We’re here to help you out. We got together a panel of experts to weigh in on the matter! But first, it’s important to understand the fundamental reason behind why belly fat is so difficult to abolish.
The Cause Of Belly Fat
You’d think the main reason behind belly fat is poor diet, or a sedentary lifestyle. And that certainly contributes to the problem. But really, the biggest problem is one that so many people all over the world deal with today: stress.
“Cortisol is released in response to stress to regulate the fuel necessary for the fight-or-flight response,” says Jenny Evans, nutrition and exercise physiology expert and author of The Resiliency rEvolution: Your Stress Solution For Life. “Our ancestors did a lot of fighting and/or fleeing and had to be very careful about managing energy stores on the body. Cortisol is a hormone that regulates both hunger and fat storage in response to stress.”
Fitness and personal development expert Debi Silber further explains, “One of the things cortisol will do is drive fat storage-particularly around the middle. This flooding of hormones also suppresses the thyroid which is in charge of our metabolism. So, chronic stress lowers thyroid function, slows metabolism and we have another reason why we’re gaining weight.”
In other words, even if you’re eating well and exercising, if you’re living a high-stress lifestyle, that belly fat will be much more difficult to shake. You must focus on each of these three areas equally.
But don’t give up. Belly fat is a silent and deadly killer.