The beauty of being a young woman is you can hide the fact that you are not working out because metabolisms often happens fast enough to hide the consequences of some lifestyle choices.
For the longest period, young women can eat anything and everything they want, exercise very little and still maintain a sleek body.
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However, when age starts to creep in, it becomes harder for those who live a sedentary lifestyle to mask their level of inactivity, as weight tends to pack on easier.
This leaves more physical clues that show one is not living an active lifestyle, like sporting the all-too-common potbelly which is difficult to hide.
In an effort to loose what is now commonly refereed to as ‘spare tire’, ‘love handles’ and ‘muffin top’, a woman will hit the gym but can not seem to break that plateau in progress.
There are various reasons why many women go through the struggle of vigorous exercise but still fail to loose the extra fat; TUKO.co.ke has outlined them for you.
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- 1 1. You are getting older
- 2 2. You are doing cardio work outs only
- 3 3.You are eating too much sugar and processed food
- 4 4. You are genetically predisposed to belly fat
- 5 5. You are too stressed
- 6 6. You generally have a lot of belly fat
- 7 7. Mouse enzyme
- 8 8. You drink a lot of alcohol
- 9 9. You are eating the wrong fats
- 10 10. Your workout is not challenging enough
- 11 11. You are skimping on sleep
- 12 12. You are apple-shaped
- 13 13. You are sick
- 14 14. You are unmotivated
1. You are getting older
Getting older is not an excuse to be overweight or a sole cause of weight gain, but age is something to consider if you find yourself struggling to lose fat.
Women in their late 30s and early 40s may notice that losing weight is not as easy and the belly can be one of the most stubborn areas.
2. You are doing cardio work outs only
A daily run or spin class is great for the heart, but cardio workouts alone will not do much for your waist. You need to do a combination of weights and cardiovascular training to lose those love handles
3.You are eating too much sugar and processed food
Processed foods are often laden with surprising amounts of sugars, excessive salt, bad fats and other unhealthy or bloat-inducing ingredients.
If you are serious about losing your belly fat, consider sugar-free and diet foods, as well as calorie-free foods.
4. You are genetically predisposed to belly fat
Now, there is some debate about how much your genetics play into whether you are overweight or not and where you tend to carry extra fat.
While doctors tend to agree that environmental hereditary factors do play a role, it does not mean you are destined to always have a muffin top.
5. You are too stressed
Stress is still so underrated as a contributing factor to bad health. Consistently high levels of stress without any reprieve is just as bad for your mental and physical health as eating junk or leading a sedentary lifestyle.
Stubborn belly fat is another symptom of excessive stress.
6. You generally have a lot of belly fat
This is real reason why the average healthy woman struggles to slim down her stomach.
If you have a lot of abdominal fat and happen to give it time to develop, you are not going to be able to just get rid of it overnight. Give yourself time to make progress.
7. Mouse enzyme
Researchers found an enzyme in mice that is linked to both high-fat diets and the estrogen hormone, humans carry these same enzymes and women tend to carry them more.
That particular enzyme ends up being a major contributor to women gaining weight.
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8. You drink a lot of alcohol
Booze has a lot more calories than you might expect and may lead to widening of the waistline in another less obvious way.
The calories in alcohol can not be stored for later, so the body’s metabolism focuses on alcohol first when it is in the body, diverting it from its task of burning fat, and fat burn especially drops in the belly.
9. You are eating the wrong fats
The body does not react to all fats in the same way. High intake of saturated fat (the kind in meat and dairy) lead to increased visceral.
On the other hand, monounsaturated fats (the kind in olive oil and avocados) have anti-inflammatory effects in the body, and if eaten in proper portions, may do your body good.
However, eating too much fat of any kind increases your calorie intake and could lead to weight gain, so enjoy healthy fats in moderation.
10. Your workout is not challenging enough
To banish stubborn belly fat, you have to ramp up your workouts.
You need to exercise at full intensity because the end goal is to burn more calories, and high intensity exercise does just that.
11. You are skimping on sleep
Those who slept five hours or less a night are more likely to gain 30 or more pounds than those who slept seven hours.
Adults are advised to sleep seven to eight hours a night.
12. You are apple-shaped
If you tend to pack fats around your middle rather than your hips and thighs, then you are apple shaped.
This genetic predisposition means ridding yourself of belly fat will be harder but not impossible.
13. You are sick
If your testosterone levels are high, something that can occur with polycystic ovary syndrome, you might have difficulty losing weight.
14. You are unmotivated
If you are willing to loose the belly, you can move past genetics and lose it.
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