Battle Of The Bulge: Understanding How Belly Fat Builds Up
People, who gain weight, struggle with different areas of their body when it comes to where the fat accumulates the most, and also when they have to reduce the ungainly pounds. One of the biggest struggles for many overweight individuals is controlling the weight around their waist.
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American diet consists of a very high amount of starch, sugar, and fat. And, from driving everywhere, sitting at their desks all day to watching TV or playing video games, the amount of physical activity people get as part of their lifestyle is very minimal. Hence, this leads to people putting on unhealthy amount of weight around their waist, and, eventually look for waist weight loss methods to help them get back in shape.
Belly fat is categorized into visceral and subcutaneous belly fat. Visceral fat lies underneath the abdominal muscle, in close proximity to the organs, while the subcutaneous fat is above the abdominal muscles and is the fat that hangs out. Visceral fat makes the abdominal muscles feel tight and ridged, and is also more easily stored and burned faster. This happens because visceral fat is more sensitive to the fat burning hormones compared to the subcutaneous fat.
The weight around the waist increases when excess calories meet the hormonal influence of cortisol and insulin. The insulin levels in your body are greatly influenced by the amount of starchy and sweet foods you eat. And, the cortisol levels are influenced by the level of stress you undergo, which is directly related to sleep quantity and quality. Cortisol increases fat storage due to its influence on the major fat storing enzyme lipoprotein lipase. At the same, it also speeds up fat burning by stimulating the major fat releasing enzyme, hormone sensitive lipase.
Cortisol by itself does not have much impact on waist weight, unless it is paired with your body’s insulin levels. The insulin activity in your body shuts down any fat releasing activity of cortisol, which accentuates the negative effects of fat storage. Insulin and cortisol put together are the main culprits for excess weight around the middle. Hence, an effective waist weight loss plan should include replacing sugar and starch with fiber and raising your intake of protein while normalizing the fat.
If you think you are eating right, but don’t get the desired loss in your waist weight, then the diet you are following is not good enough for you. You need to consult your nutritionist and make the necessary changes to your diet plan in order to see the desired change in your belly fat.
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