Have you tried diet and workout, and yet nothing seems to be working? You might wonder what reasons could be keeping you from losing weight (fat), and this might be keeping you awake. In this article, I explain 6 reasons you are not losing belly fat.
Research shows that excess abdominal fat that is the fat that surrounds your organs and puffs your stomach causes insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cancers, and worst, heart disease. According to NHS,
We store spare body fat under the skin and also around the vital organs in our abdomen. Fat around the abdomen causes more health problems than, say, fat carried around the bottom or on the thighs. Having a large amount of tummy fat (when compared to having fat around the bottom or thighs) makes you more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and heart problems.
6 Reasons you are not losing belly fat
Stress comes from different sources, it could be work, anxiety, or a relationship. Unfortunately, the stress hormone known as cortisol plays a part in laying down central adipose tissue (belly fat).
Therefore, if you are stressed, it will be hard to lose this fat. It is recommended that you avoid stress at all cost, if you are working towards losing the belly fat.
There is no doubt that unhealthy eating habits largely contribute to big bellies. Midsection expands as a result of bad fats and carbohydrates.
It is recommended that you substitute bad starchy carbohydrates and fatty foods with plenty of veggies, lean proteins, and staying away from fats from red meats. Avocados, fish, and nuts are known to have healthier fats. I have a food list in my Eat Your Way To Fit Guide that can help you with this.
Drinking enough water
Among the 6 reasons you are not losing belly fat is lacking to drink enough water. Studies agree that drinking enough water in a day plays a vital role in you losing belly fat.
Sadly, many people choose sweetened drinks over water, meaning they are adding more calories unknowingly. Water is the only drink that can hydrate without you adding other compounds or sugar.
It is easier as a new mother to pile up pressure on yourself as you want to bounce back into shape. Relax, your belly has just housed a new life, a gift to you and the world.
Losing weight around the tummy for new moms can be hard because the stretched muscles won’t knit together instantly and it takes time for hormones to settle down.
I have had two C-sections, of which one was a high risk. I know your pain and that is why I formed Eat Your Way To Fit Group that is a community of other moms where you can get support.
There is a likelihood that you are over-exercising or under-exercising. It is recommended that you do a moderate physical activity (like walking) for at least 150 minutes a week, or vigorous (running) for 75, and strength training at least twice a week. You can join my Eat Your Way To Fit Workouts where I do live Videos or you can subscribe to my YouTube Channel for weekly videos. Also, I provide weekly tips on working out and food through my newsletter which you can subscribe to below.
There is also a chance that you aren’t diversifying your exercises. Doing sit-ups Monday to Monday isn’t enough. You also need weight training to build muscle. More muscle means more calorie burning. Make working out a habit and you’ll see results.
I would say cut down on sugary, and high-calorie drinks. Drinking a lot of energy and sports drinks adds a lot of calories as they are high on sugar. Drinking too many of them means gaining weight and specifically around your belt-line.
Visceral fat is what lies deep in your torso (around your belly). It surrounds your intestines, liver, and stomach causing Fatty liver disease, Diabetes, Pancreatitis, High cholesterol, and Breast cancer. Unfortunately, it can also line your arteries causing Heart disease that is risky to your health. It is important to consider the reasons you are not losing belly fat and to do something about it as early as now.
The good news, you can lose this belly fat through healthy habits that may include diet and exercise. Your workout doesn’t have to be sophisticated or intense. You can join me in my weekly LIVE workouts that include:
Monday – Legs
Tuesday – Shoulders
Wednesday – Cardio
Thursday – Back, Biceps and Triceps
Friday – Legs
These workouts will play a key role in you losing the hazardous belly fat that may cause health problems.