Why Do I Have So Much Belly Fat?

Most people who start a gym habit dream the dream of six pack abs. Unfortunately, most people soon realize how hard it can be to just get lean in their mid-section.

If you’re having trouble getting rid of belly fat, it’s most likely a combination of genetics and specific behavior contributing to the problem.

Genetics And Fat Storage

Your genetics don’t play a direct role in how much belly fat you accumulate, but it will play a large role in how you store the body fat you have.

Behavior (eating and exercise) determines how much body fat you have. Genetics determines where that fat will be stored. Some families have genetics that result in very lean mid-sections. Others are thicker, and carry more body fat.

Why Genetics Matter

Your genetics will provide a preferred order when it comes to fat storage. You may have noticed some people who may be heavier than you, but are leaner in their midsection. That’s genetics at work.

If you have more belly fat compared to the rest of your body, it means your genetics have a preferred storage in your mid-section. It doesn’t mean you’re doomed to have excessive belly fat forever, but it will be more challenging to lose inches compared to other areas of your body.

Belly Fat Causes

Excessive belly fat accumulation is often the result of specific behavior which directly influences your calorie management system. You can also begin to gain weight in the midsection as the years pass, to no fault of your own.

Excess Calories

At the top of the list of why people gain excessive belly fat is because they eat too much. This isn’t always as simple as saying someone lacks the personal discipline to reduce their calorie consumption. A better way to qualify the problem is to say someone “eats more calories than they need”.

As we age we generally need fewer calories compared to a much younger person. This is due to a slower metabolism, and a reduction of muscle mass. If you don’t consistently lower your calorie intake as you age, you will essentially eat more than you need and gain extra weight over time.

Lack Of Activity

Most people are going to spend their day in a chair, in an office. After work, they head home and sit on the couch watching tv until it’s time for bed. This is a very normal routine for millions of people.

Finding time to head to the gym, or go for a walk can seem like a luxury for anyone with small children or a hectic work schedule. This lack of activity has a compounding effect, that will take several years to become evident.

You’ll slowly consume more calories than you burn due to a sedentary lifestyle, and you’ll also lose much needed muscle mass due to the lack of exercise. This all contributes to gaining a few pounds year after year.

Slowing Metabolism

The last, and arguably the most important, contributor to extra body fat is the slowing of your metabolism. As we age our bodies become less and less efficient. This process has a trickle down effect from how efficiently we build muscle, to digestion, and to your metabolism.

Your metabolism won’t fall off a cliff where you wake up twenty pounds heavier, but burning a few less calories each day will add up over time.

While you can’t win the fight against father time, there are some things you can eat to give your metabolism a little boost.

Eat More Of This:

– Caffeine
– Garlic
– Cayenne Pepper
– Almonds
– Berries

Related Health Problems

While fat around the mid section is often attributed to vanity and physical appearance it’s been directly linked to other more serious problems. People with excessive belly fat are more likely to experience the following health related issues:

– Heart Disease
– Breast Cancer
– Diabetes
– High Blood Pressure

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