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Gaining Excess Belly Fat? What Could Be The Reason?

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Are you one of those victims who has been gaining excess fat around your belly? You probably might have tried several exercises to get rid of it, but all in vain.

You must have outsized your dresses that you had bought just a few months ago and this has been bothering you a lot. So what do you do?

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The fat around the belly is generally the visceral fat which often surrounds the internal organs. It tends to pose a threat to the internal organs in our body.

It is this visceral belly fat which leads to the accumulation of glucose in the body and leads to major health issues, the most common being diabetes.

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In a bid to do away with the excess belly fat, one needs to check on the exact cause for it and try to work on getting rid of the root cause of the problem.

Before you start the treatment or any medication to reduce the excess belly fat, check out for these 8 common causes which might have led to your excess belly fat. Have a look.


1. Sitting All Day:

When we sit for long the enzyme, lipoprotein lipase which aids in burning fats, reduces its activity and this leads to the development of belly fat.


2. Lack Of Sleep:

When you are sleeping, the fats are being used as the major source of fuel. So if you do not get proper sleep the body fails to burn the fats.


3. Stress:

The steroid hormone, also known as cortisol increases due to stress. Cortisol is one of the major factors which leads to an increase in the visceral fat around the belly.


4. Aerated Drinks:

The sugar and carbonated content in these aerated drinks instantly bloat the abdomen and the belly. The fat then gets deposited around the belly.


5. Having Your Dinner Late:

Though the body burns fat when you are asleep, it fails to do so when you go to sleep with a full stomach, and this happens when you have your dinner late. The food needs to get digested before you sleep.


6. Alcohol:

Alcohol contains calories which come without any nutrients. This often leads to fat storage around the belly.


7. Skipping Breakfast:

When you skip breakfast you fail to get the calories that are needed and then suddenly you tend to eat food in large amounts afterwards. The calories get stored and are not burned. This often causes belly fat.


8. Ageing:

As one tends to age, there is also an increase in one's weight. On the other hand the fat -free mass decreases. This leads to the accumulation of belly fat. This has been suggested by several studies.

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Story first published: Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 12:00 [IST]
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