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Can I lose belly fat? – 5 Major reasons why we can or can’t lose belly fats.

As we grow older we found changes to our body and sometimes we asked ourselves Can I lose belly fat? Can I lose those extra weights?

Yes, I’ll admit it. I have a few pounds to lose, especially in my belly. I find that it’s where I carry most of my weight, and that makes me pretty self-conscious. Trying every diet under the sun, and most of the time they are successful in every place other than the stomach.

I started to wonder if there some certain reasons why you or I can’t lose stubborn belly fat, and it turns out that there are.

These are the major reasons that you or I can’t lose belly fat, and most of them are easy to fix by focussing on healthy living.

1. Age – we gain weight as we age.

Gained weight as we aged

Have you ever wondered exactly why we experience weight gain as we age? The major reasons for middle-aged weight gain are the natural muscle’s loss we all experience. Research says The amount of lean muscle’s mass we have is the primary deferment of metabolic rate. In other words, the muscle mass we have, the more calories we burn.

Our muscle mass naturally begins to decline around 30, and that process called sarcopenia accelerates around age 40. Unless something is done to actively protect and build up that lean muscle mass, our bodies will require fewer calories, our metabolism will slow, and the lost muscles will be replaced by fat.

“If women gain weight after menopause, it’s more likely to be their bellies,” some doctors say. Women produce less estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone, and this shift means you’ll more weight in your stomach.

Luckily, a balanced diet can help negate this effect.

2. Sleep Deprivation – In other words insufficient sleep.

Get enough sleep

Not getting enough sleep can cause your body to produce more of that annoying cortisone which is a hormone used in adrenal insufficiency and inflammatory disease.

One study says that women who slept five hours or fewer a night were 30% more likely to gain at least 30lbs compared to those who slept at least seven hours.

Aside from gain or loss weight, a chronic sleep-restricted can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, and clumsiness. It adversely affects the brain and cognition function.

3. Stress – Can affect your body, thought, feeling and behavior.

Being stressed

Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that left unchecked can contribute to many health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

There is a common effect of stress on your behavior and the most are overeating or stress-eat. That’s one of the reasons that we hold weight in the stomach. The other is that when you are stressed, your body produces a stress hormone called cortisone

Cortisone, the stress hormone, does a part in laying down central adipose tissue (belly fat), so if you are in stress state then it will be very hard to shift. Stress can come from much sources-emotional strain, conflict at work or relationship trouble.

Stress Management and more information about stress.

4. Fats – Are we taking good fat or bad fat.

omega-3 fatty acids from salmon

When it comes on losing belly fat or on diet, fat gets a bad rap. Some of this is justified good fat or bad fat. Bad fat may not only play on you bellies but also play a role in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.

But not all fats are created equal. Some fats are better for you than others, and many help to promote good health. Knowing the difference can help you determine which fat to avoid, and which to eat in moderation.

Fat is as essential to your diet as protein and carbohydrates are fueling your body with energy. Certain bodily functions also rely on the presence of fat. For example, some vitamins require fat in order to dissolve into your bloodstream and provide nutrients.

Obviously, you shouldn’t be eating deep-fried fatty foods, but cutting out fat completely is not helping your cause. Choosing healthy fat can aid in your weight loss.

“Fat can play a vital role in weight loss, the single most important aim of your nutrition should be to balance your blood sugar levels”. Doctors consider monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat are the best choices for your diet.

Monounsaturated fats are plant-based source such as nuts (almond, cashews, peanuts, pecans), Vegetable oil (olive oil and peanuts oil) plant source butter (peanut, almond) I recommend avocado the best to me.

Polyunsaturated fats are known as “essential fat” because the body cannot make them and needs them from foods. A certain type of fat, called omega-3fatty acids, it doesn’t only help in the weight loss but also helps lower blood pressure levels and guard against irregular heartbeats. The main sources are from fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, and trout.

Bad fat has been identified as potentially harmful to your health not only from gaining with and also play a big role in your health disorder. Saturated and trans fat includes margarine, shortening, beef or pork fat, high-fat dairy foods, tropical oil, and lard.

5. Workouts – Are you doing the right workouts.

intensity exercise burns calories.

Just walking for a bit of running on the treadmill won’t cure all your problems. Are you doing the right workout or doing the wrong one? You need to include some weight training as recommended by professionals.

If you are searching for great results “You need to exercise at full intensity because the end goal is to burn more calories, and high-intensity exercise does just that”. Says a certified personal trainer.

“Physical stresses such as overexercising and endurance exercise can upset cortisone balance,” doctors say. Muscle burns more calories than fat, and therefore naturally burn more calories throughout the day by having more muscles say a registered dietitian.

Conclusions / Takeaway

So as you can see, there are reasons that your belly fat might be sticking around longer than you want it to, but before you notice those changes, you need a little hard work to do that will solve the problem.

If you’re desperate with your belly fat. The simplest way is to have a balanced healthy diet in your earlier age, stress-free have a good sleep, select the fat you’re taking and incorporate daily exercise or workouts.

This will not only help you burn fat but also makes your overall quality of life much better.

Finally

Thank you very much for reading this post. I hope I was able to provide you useful information. If you have any question or concern about this article? Then, please feel free to leave your comment below and I will be more than happy to help you.

Until then, please take care and have a good time!

Lyn Matsushita

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Comments

  1. This is an enlightening piece of information on belly fats. I really love the way you outlined on the reasons and factors on weight loss especially the belly fats.

    There are factors that we can’t control like age, but we can get rid by taking care of our selves from the start.
    Thank you so much for this information.

    1. Hi Alexandria,

      I’m glad that I was able to provide a bit of information that you can use in your daily undertaking. Thank you so much for stopping by.

      Best regards,
      Lynn

  2. Tohin says:

    What a well-written write-up. I try as much as possible to live a healthy lifestyle by being stress-free, eating the right fats, and not depriving myself of sleep.
    But, I must confess that the most difficult of all is working out. I take a step towards it then stop again.
    Is there a way I could stay committed and motivated, please? your advice would be very much appreciated.

    1. Hello Tolin,

      Thank you so much for your awesome compliments. One of the major reasons why we can or can’t lose belly fat is a proper workout. To stay committed and motivated is with workout is checking on the results, and if the results are progressive you will be motivated more. I hope I have able to help you with a piece of advice. Good luck on your workouts.

      Best wishes,
      Lynn

  3. Mark says:

    Hello Lyn!

    Great article! I most especially liked the part where you talked about good fats and bad fats.

    I always look out for those Monounsaturated fats and Polyunsaturated fats. I was told before that they are good for you but didn’t know much as to what foods actually had them. I just look at Nutrition labels lol. Didn’t know the Monounsaturated fats can be found in plant-based food while Polyunsaturated fats can be found in fish.

    Thanks for sharing Lyn!

    Mark

    1. Hello Mark,

      I’m glad that I have able to give you a piece of information that you can incorporate in your daily undertakings. Fats are also essential to our body and we must select them for there are “good fats” and “bad fats” as well. Monounsaturated fats and Polyunsaturated fats are good fats and can be found in plant-based and fish accordingly.

      Thank you, Mark, and best wishes,
      Lynn

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