The Cause Of Belly Fat
You’d think the main reason behind belly fat is poor diet, or a sedentary lifestyle. And that certainly contributes to the problem. But really, the biggest problem is one that so many people all over the world deal with today: stress.
“Cortisol is released in response to stress to regulate the fuel necessary for the fight-or-flight response,” says Jenny Evans, nutrition and exercise physiology expert and author of The Resiliency rEvolution: Your Stress Solution For Life. “Our ancestors did a lot of fighting and/or fleeing and had to be very careful about managing energy stores on the body. Cortisol is a hormone that regulates both hunger and fat storage in response to stress.”
Fitness and personal development expert Debi Silber further explains, “One of the things cortisol will do is drive fat storage-particularly around the middle. This flooding of hormones also suppresses the thyroid which is in charge of our metabolism. So, chronic stress lowers thyroid function, slows metabolism and we have another reason why we’re gaining weight.”
In other words, even if you’re eating well and exercising, if you’re living a high-stress lifestyle, that belly fat will be much more difficult to shake. You must focus on each of these three areas equally.
But don’t give up. Belly fat is a silent and deadly killer.