“I’m tired of this stubborn belly fat”.
The belly. It’s the one part of the body that almost every woman complains about, especially for us over the age of 35. Besides just getting older, here are some reasons why you aren’t losing belly fat as fast as you’d like to.
1. You’re stressed
Work, kids, husbands (wink!)… Ladies, we have a lot to stress about. However, you can blame your belly fat on being too stressed for too long. When you’re stressed, your body releases the “stress hormone” called cortisol. High levels of this make it difficult to digest food properly and leads to weight gain, especially over the tummy.
2. You aren’t sleeping enough
Besides being grumpy, when you don’t get enough sleep your body starts to produce more of the “I’m hungry” called grehlin, and less of the “I’m not hungry” hormone called leptin. This is a bad combo for that bikini belly you’ve been wanting! Try to get AT LEAST 7-8 hours of sleep at night. More if you’ve been exercising a lot more than usual.
3. You’re eating too many highly processed foods
Foods that are highly processed (cookies, chips, crackers, etc.) are high in “bad” fats, low in fiber, and cause your blood sugar to spike and make you feel hungry again sooner than expected, which causes weight gain. Try to eat “whole” foods. My motto is: if it didn’t come straight from the ground, it’s not going in my mouth.
4. You think exercising your abs will melt belly fat
If you think you’re going to get a bikini belly by only doing abdominal workouts and eating healthy, I hate to say it, but it either won’t happen or it’s going to take forever! To get a tight tummy, you need to lose fat all over your body, not just your tummy. You need cardio and also resistance exercises that target multiple muscle groups.
5. You’re doing the wrong belly fat workouts
Hours on a treadmill may help you lose weight, but it’s not the most effective way to give you the bikini belly you want. You need to add on resistance training and mix up your workouts. Otherwise, your muscles will get used to doing the same thing over and over again, and won’t “grow.”
6. You’re eating the wrong fats
A diet too high in saturated fats (i.e. red meat) can lead to extra pounds around the middle. Keep your diet balanced and make sure to eat unsaturated fats (i.e. fish). Not only are they good for the waistline, but some types of unsaturated fats (i.e. salmon, walnuts) can also benefit your brain and heart and protect you from heart attack and stroke.
I hope this helps, ladies. Good luck on getting the bikini belly you’ve always wanted. It’s not far out of reach!