Welcome back Fit Skin Gang! This month is all about your tummy. Love it or lump it it’s a part of you and we are here to help you love every centimeter of it! We’re going to start off by talking about the different kinds of fat around your mid section and why it can be so tough to lose that extra bit.
There are 4 main factors to why some people gain more weight in the middle than others and it can be chalked up to genetics, your stress level, hormones and yes – eating habits. Let take a look at these four in a bit more detail.
Ever notice that no matter how some people or yourself work out that bit of pudge doesn’t budge? Well this is partly to do with genetics, there are 49 genes that determine abdominal fat. One of which is your body type, there are two main body shapes apple and pear, and unfortunately people who naturally have an apple shape are predisposed for more hard to lose abdominal fat. Apple shaped body types as you can see, carry more weight around their midsection compared to a pear shape, which is more in the hips.
If you look at your genetics as the loaded gun, environment pulls the trigger. One factor that directly correlates to excess abdominal fat is stress. When you are under periods of extreme stress your fat cells dump a hormone called Cortisol in to the body which causes your body to cling to fat and enlarge your fat cells, mainly in the abdomen and increasing visceral fat (more on that later). We also tend to reach for more calorie dense foods or increase our food intake when we are stressed.
Extra abdominal fat can be another indicator that your hormones are out of balance. We’ve spoken about one already, cortisol. But there are a few others that can lead to extra weight around your tummy. High oestrogen and low testosterone. Low DHEA a hormone of the adrenal glands (which are responsible for the production of cortisol) and lastly insulin. Insulin’s main function is to process sugar in the bloodstream and carry it into cells to be used as fuel or stored as fat.
Lastly, what you eat and how much of it directly contributes to extra abdominal fat. Eating processed foods like white bread, biscuits, crisps and food high in sugar as well as cool drinks all increase inflammation in the body. Belly fat is associated with inflammation so eating too many of these will limit your ability to lose that extra weight. The other golden rule is calories in, calories out. If your caloric intake is higher than what you are burning, then you will see in increase in fat.
Join us throughout the month as we continue our chat about abdominal fat and what you can do about it! Next week is all about the 2 types of fat that affect our midsection the most.
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