Most of the people that embark on weight loss journey, have decided to start because of their round bellies. The fact is that belly fat creates easy, but it can be difficult to lose. Some people struggle for months, even years and are not able to have flat stomach. Not many people knows that visceral fat (if you are not familiar with the term – that fat is the one that is in our bodies, surrounding our organs, making our stomach larger) is a sign of possible type 2 diabetes and even heart diseases.
If you have worked long and eaten only what is good for your body and you still can’t get any results, make sure to read our list – you might find out what you are doing wrong.
– You are eating processed foods
At this moment, it is practically impossible to live without processed foods. However, you don’t have to stop eating everything that is processed, you can at least lower the amount. Instead of eating processed foods, you can always add something natural, like fruits or vegetables.
– You are eating food with wrong fats
First thing you need to know is that not all fat is the same. Saturated fat (the one that is found in dairy and meat) can help increase visceral fat in your body, while, polyunsaturated fats (the one that is found in fish and walnuts, for example) can be good for your body.
– You are not doing the right exercises
If you have come to last few layers of belly fat, doing hundreds of crunches won’t help you. Instead, you should focus on exercises that are focused on strengthening your core. Plank is one of the most popular exercises and it is one of the easiest since you can do it at home and you do not need any equipment.
– You are doing only cardio
This is a common mistake, especially among beginners. Cardio exercises are great for your heart and body in general, but you shouldn’t focus only on cardio. Instead, mix cardio and weight trainings. By gaining muscle, your body will burn fat much faster and you will lose that belly fat much faster.
– You are not pushing yourself
In order to burn that stubborn belly fat, you will have to train much harder. The best results, according to reports, are experienced with HIIT trainings. Exercising at full intensity push your body to its limits and that is when the burning of the fat is best.
– You are getting older
There is one important thing that you should know – our bodies change as we age. When you get older, your metabolic rate tends to slow down, so it is much harder for your body to lose fat. However, more and more experts say that with proper diets and workouts, you can fight with this.
– You are stressed
This is something that is not often talked about when belly fat is mentioned, but you should know that stress can be blamed for your belly fat, since people, when under stress, tend to eat more, drink and eat a lot of sweets.
– You are not getting enough sleep
Sleep is very important (click here for tips on how to get better sleep) and it is crucial for weight loss. Because of that, make sure that you sleep at least 8 hours every day.