Lack of exercise is one of the main causes of stomach fat.
But it is not the only one. Having a poor diet is another.
There are so many reasons why you may have belly fat and we will try to cover the main causes here.
Sometimes what you think is excess flab around the middle can be a result of your posture. This is particularly true of people who spend most of their working hours at a desk, or even worse hunched over a computer. Check yourself out in the mirror while standing in a relaxed manner and notice if your stomach looks big to you. Then breathe into your chest, put your shoulders back and take another look in the mirror. If you now see a reasonably healthy looking body shape then all you need do is work on your posture.
Unhealthy eating is another cause of extra fat storage around the middle, especially if you do not get any exercise. Some food manufacturers engage specialist marketers to convince you that consuming their products is good for you. Often just a quick look at the label will tell you otherwise, if you know what the bad stuff is.! We cover more on this in some of our featured articles.
Your inherited body type can also play a part in the excess flab – NOT the shape, just the body type. There are 3 main body types you should be aware of:
- Ectomorph – An ectomorph is your typical skinny looking person . They have a light build with small joints and lean muscle. Ectomorph’s often have long thin limbs with stringy muscles and shoulders which tend to be thin with little width.
- Mesomorph – Your mesomorph has a solid bone structure, solid muscles and a naturally athletic physique. They are naturally strong. Mesomorphs find it quite easy to gain and lose weight.
- Endomorph – The endomorph is solid and generally soft. They gain fat very easily and are usually of a shorter build with thick arms and legs. They have strong upper leg muscles.
Stress, and poor digestion as a result of it, will also thicken up not just your middle but other body parts as well. The hormone cortisol is the main culprit and is elevated when stress is detected. Cortisol plays an important role in regulating blood sugar, energy production, inflammation, the immune system and healing. If you have too little cortisol, you may suffer from fatigue, chronic fatigue, exhaustion etc. If your adrenal glands are producing too much cortisol, you may develop conditions such as weight gain, especially around the abdomen, depressed immune function with all of the consequences, accelerated aging and stomach ulcers. Prolonged stress can be a nasty thing…it can kill!
Age is another factor that can cause those love handles as our metabolism tends to slow down as we get older. This means we burn up less calories than we consume.
In summary, the main causes of stomach fat come down to “Lifestyle”. With good exercise and eating habits, time to relax, and enough sleep we can control what happens around our middle..!
Before performing any vigorous exercises consult your doctor if you have any medical conditions or concerns.