According to “Mayoclinic.org”, For many women, gaining fat in the stomach area occurs with age. As you get older, your metabolism slows down and doesn’t burn as many calories. Menopause can also cause insulin resistance and lead to excess belly fat that is hard to lose with just diet and exercise alone.
Two main types of fat that can cause a big stomach:
. Visceral fat: Surrounds the organs
. Subcutaneous fat: Sits under the skin
Aside from inevitable aging, there are hosts of other causes that can lead to a big stomach in women.
Here are 4 of the most common reasons you may be gaining more belly fat.
Genes play a significant role in shaping how we are. If there is a history of obesity in the family, the higher the likelihood of a person becoming obese.
The “annoying” bit about belly fat is that it can happen without any weight gain. This comes down to a decrease in oxygen level, which can influence where body fat is distributed. For women, genetics also play a part often resulting in a pear-shaped physical appearance.
. Calories consumed.
According to “WebMD”, If you are taking in more calories than you are burning through physical activity, you will likely gain weight. Women especially tend to gain weight around their waistline and hips.
. Sedentary lifestyle.
A little bit of exercise and physical activity goes along with healthier well-being. Unfortunately, we tend not to realize it or make time for it due to several reasons.
You need to burn calories and engaging in exercise, for example, is a good way to burn more and lose weight. Additionally, it also helps in preventing the storage of excess fat.
. Unhealthy diet.
Indulging in food items high in sugar and also trans fat, and excessive alcohol intake are just some less-than-desirable habits that are detrimental and can lead to excess amounts of belly fat.
Additionally, insufficient protein intake is also a factor in the formation of belly fat. Adequate protein can increase metabolism, is filling, and helps to reduce caloric intake.