6 Hidden Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Belly Fat

Reducing abdominal fat not only improves one’s appearance, but it also can boost health benefits. A large amount of fat in the abdominal area can lead to the development of serious diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. But unfortunately, sometimes it’s not so easy to get rid of it. And if you’ve made every effort to achieve the desired result but the belly still fat hasn’t gone away, then perhaps there are hidden causes that you don’t even know about.

Bright Side would like to help you in the struggle against belly fat. We invite you to learn a list of possible reasons preventing you from succeeding in excess weight loss.

1. You don’t know your belly fat type

If you find it difficult to reduce belly fat, then one of the reasons may be that you have chosen the wrong weight loss method for your stomach. There are 5 types of abdominal obesity caused by different reasons, and each of them requires a certain diet and exercise. So it’s important to determine your belly type and plan your weight loss according to this.

2. Obsession with weight

You should break the habit of constant weighing and try to resist the urge to stand on the scale every time you see it. An obsession with weight can slow down the process of losing weight. Every time the figure appearing on the scales differs from the expected result, you judge yourself. It demotivates you, puts pressure on you, causes negative thoughts, and spoils your mood. And all this can lead you to give up and relieve the obtained stress by eating a lot. So it’s better to weigh yourself only once a week and take the numbers as information, not a judgment.

3. Following the wrong diet

Our bodies need numerous elements, vitamins, carbohydrates, and even fats. If you exclude some of these beneficial components, then your diet may cause more harm than bring benefits. Eating only vegetables and fruits, as well as fast food and a large amount of sugar and salt makes it difficult to lose weight. Therefore, it’s important to track your diet and take into account that it should contain magnesium, vitamins, healthy fats, and other elements.

4. Doing workouts with no diversity

Training is a great way to decrease fat. But it’s important not to forget that they should be diverse. Each type of exercise influences the body in a certain way. Therefore, you should not give preference only to cardio or stretching. Add high-intensity and strength workouts, swimming and even martial arts. And don’t think that training is only possible in a gym with exercise equipment. You can do workouts at home and in the street. Just try not to overload. Do exercises in good faith, with full dedication, but do not harm yourself.

5. Stressing out

Stress is bad for the whole body and for weight in particular. It influences your diet and emotional and physical condition during workouts along with their quality. In addition, high levels of the stress hormone (cortisol) promote fat formation. Use any opportunity to reduce stress: try to relax more, do not work above the norm, take up a hobby or hang out with friends. When you feel relaxed, you have more motivation for new success at reducing belly fat.

6. High level of androgens

Last but one of the most serious reasons is Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This means a high level of male hormones in the female body. It affects many of the organism’s functions like menstrual disorders, problems getting pregnant, and the risk of diabetes. In addition, PCOS affects weight gain. In order to find out your level of androgens, you can consult a doctor and take an analysis.

Have you ever tried to lose belly fat? What advice can you give to others? We would like to know your opinion in the comments.

Illustrated by Alena Tsarkova for Bright Side
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