So, you’ve got yourself a perfectly gorgeous bikini to wear for a pool party two weeks from now. However, there’s a little bit of problem– there’s no way of hiding your bulging belly fat in that skimpy swimsuit!
Not sure how to trim down in order to do some justice to that awesome bikini waiting in your closet? So, check out these shocking reasons that can cause belly fat– and be sure to do the opposite, so that you can shape up and lose those unsightly bulges as fast as possible!
1 Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
The majority of people who deal with stubborn belly fat and are overweight, also deal with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome including diarrhea, constipation or bloating. All these symptoms may be caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestines. It is important to mention that population of bacteria is present in the large intestines, mouths, and digestive tract. As a result of low stomach acid and poor dietary choices, bacteria can steal the nutrients from the food we consume and because of that, we have reduced levels of nutrition entering the bloodstream.
2. Hormonal imbalances
Hormonal imbalance includes an imbalance in brain-based hormones, sex hormones, adrenal hormones, and insulin levels. Hormones actually command the metabolic processes of the cells, the usage of carbs, fat, mood, the rate, and ability of energy production and the reaction to stimuli. It is important to mention that all hormones interact with each other, and single hormonal imbalance never occurs in isolation. Some people are overweight if they suffer from hormonal issues which may vary from a minor thyroid dysfunction to major diabetes and obesity.
3. A full carbohydrate diet.
Unfortunately, nowadays many people consume food rich in carbs, and also spend a lot of time in front of their screens, or better said live relatively sedentary lives. But processed food contains a lot of carbs and sugar. This type of food not only leads to fat storage but also causes a spike in insulin and other negative effects.
4. Larger plate size.
Whether it’s a buffet dinner or just a regular meal at home, pay attention to the size of plate you use at mealtime. In a survey conducted among obese individuals, it was discovered that these people prefer larger plates over smaller or medium-sized ones. When you have a larger space to pile up your food, you tend to consume more food than your body needs and that leads to more fat stored in the body. To avoid this nasty chain of reactions just prefer using smaller plates and resist yourself from consuming more.
5. Emotional eating.
Do you find yourself eating absent-mindedly when your emotions are at their peak? The next time you catch yourself doing this, try to snap out of it before you end up eating a double cheeseburger and fries. Emotional eating does nothing to make you feel better. If there’s anything you can get from this habit of eating whenever you’re upset or stressed out, it’s just hideous belly fat. The best way to combat this response to stress is by drinking a glass of water, talking to a friend, or taking a relaxing walk.
6. Poor fatty acid metabolism
If your cells lack a couple of essential nutrients, the process of burning fat in order to provide energy will be disabled. There are two ways by which you can examine if fatty acid metabolism is the reason of your excess fat gain- first is to consume a healthy source of fat instead of bad and the other one is to consult a Functional Medicine doctor.