As we age, many of us get that dreaded big belly look. Belly fat accumulates and causes an increase in waist size. This increase in belly fat, which affects more women than men, also shows up in your waist, hips, and thighs. An increase in this kind of fat is more than skin deep; it is deep in the abdomen. Belly fat surrounds your organs and is called visceral fat. It is linked to dangerous health risks and increases the chances of breast cancer, diabetes, gallbladder disease, heart disease, and premature death
5. Causes of Belly Fat
The main causes of belly fat include:
- Overeating and stress
- Slowed metabolism from too much sugar and too little exercise
- Aging, which diminishes muscle mass and increases fat
- Menopause-related changes in female hormone levels like estrogen
The good news is that belly fat will respond to the same kinds of diet and exercise that usually helps you shed any excess weight and body fat.
4. Build Yourself a Healthy Diet
We all know what this means: more veggies and fruits, and less of the unhealthy trans fat products used in processed foods.