3 Belly Fat Causing Habits
Do you know what causes belly fat?
Do you think that you have belly fat because you are eating too many calories?
How about not exercising as much as you should?
The 3 items above do play a role, but those are not the ones that we are going to to talk about today.
Now here are the 3 main causes of belly fat that you may not be looking at, along with helpful tips for eliminating them from your life.
Belly Fat Bloater #1 – Processed, Refined and Fast Food
Do most of the foods you eat come pre-packaged and ready to cook quickly or eat on the run?
If so, you are likely taking in way more calories, fat, carbohydrates and sodium than you realize and that you should be having.
All of these things have a bloating effect on your body, which can make your stomach appear to be fatter than it really is.
Beyond that, just eating a fatty, high-calorie diet will indeed cause fat deposits to be stored on your body, and one of the first places fat is stored ( and the last place for it to be removed) is on your belly area.
Eliminating this cause of belly fat is as simple as “fixing and simplifying” your diet!
Start cooking your own meals, and include plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fat like those that come from olive oil, avocados, salmon, and flax. Yes, although salmon, avocados and olive oil are fats, they are healthy fats and used properly they can help you feel full longer so you won’t be tempted to snack on junk.
Belly Fat Cause #2 – Alcohol (not just too much but also in moderation)
If you are in the habit of partying regularly with friends, you are probably taking in a lot of extra calories from alcohol. Not to mention the fact that drinking makes you forget all about healthy eating so you stuff and gorge yourself – and yea, you know it’s true. Do this often enough and belly fat is here to stay. You’ve heard of people having a “beer belly” right? That’s where that phrase comes from – lots of calories equals larger gut! It is also said that although alcohol is fat free it does cause much of the food you eat while you drink to turn to fat.
If you don’t want to give up alcohol altogether, maybe compromise and have just one drink and then switch to club soda with lime.
ok, and if this still doesn’t appeal to you at least plan your snack and meals out ahead of time and only have those foods around you.
Stressful Belly Fat Cause #3 – Stress – Stress and More Stress
Stress is a major cause of belly fat, due to a stress hormone called cortisol. In our high-stress world, we’re in a state of constant stress every single day, which keeps releasing more and more cortisol into our systems. One of the side effects of excess cortisol in the bloodstream is storage of fat in the abdomen.
To eliminate this belly fat cause from your life, it’s important to manage your stress every day. Take long walks to burn off tension, sit quietly and breathe deeply, and spend time doing things you enjoy. This will help balance out those times when you can’t avoid feeling pressured, at work and elsewhere.
Yes, it’s almost impossible to avoid stress but if you can keep it to a minimum, watch your alcohol consumption and avoid processed and grab and eat food, then you will be able to finally melt away that belly fat.