By Ashu Gupta

There are many, who have been struggling hard to lose belly fat, but are unable to get the desired results that they want. This could be because of many reasons, but yet after all the efforts made in a positive way, people fail. It’s hard to believe but is true. There is nothing wrong in their efforts, the wrong in their way, their approach that makes all the difference.

Accumulation of excessive fat around the belly not only gives an odd appearance, but is also a disturbing health factor. It can lead to a series of serious health issues like heart diseases, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, hypertension and many more.

If you are really serious and considering to lose belly fat, and have been trying since long without any outcome, the first priority should be to understand the aspects that stands against all your hard efforts.

Let us see what these reasons are that is marring all your efforts:

You Are Stressed

Stress is the biggest contributor of belly fat
Stress is the biggest contributor of belly fat

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Stress could be because of variety of reasons – work, family, personal, financial and in today’s world, is it something that is gifted to us by virtue. There is stress everywhere, and, stress is one the major contributing cause of belly fat.

When we are under stress, our body releases a hormone called cortisol. This hormone plays a major role in laying down the central adipose tissues – the belly fat. It is simply to be understood that if you are mentally not healthy, you cannot expect your body to be physically healthy and vice versa.

Things like meditation, yoga, a little bit of socializing and spending time with the kids and family can go a long way helping you release stress and get rid from belly fat.

You Are Sleep Deprived

Lack of sleep slows down metabolism leading to accumulation of fat around the stomach
Lack of sleep slows down metabolism leading to accumulation of fat around the stomach

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The quality of sleep is equally important as good and nutritious food and exercise. Melatonin, the hormone in our body is responsible to make us sleep. The levels of this hormone rises in the evening and just before we go to bed. Wrong habits like being on the phone or watching tv and even wrong food can put these hormones off and send wrong signal to the brain that we want to stay awake.

Lack of proper sleep has been associated with obesity, diabetes, heart issues and also accumulation of belly fat. Moreover, proper sleep helps improve out metabolism, energises the mind and body and regroups our bodily system to perform better.

You May Not Be Eating Enough

Not eating enough is not good for weight loss
Not eating enough is not good for weight loss

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This is one of the biggest mistake that many of us make, while we try to lose weight and belly fat. We tend to believe that less food means less weight and less fat. This is absolutely a wrong concept and a dangerous mistake that we make.

Rather than eating less or starving, we should eat more and eat well. The focus should be on the quality of food and not the quantity of food. Less food means the brain signaling the body to go into starvation mode and thereby slowing down the metabolism, making it all the more difficult to lose weight. Also, lack of food means lack of adequate nutrients for the body, resulting in dangerous consequences.

You Are Not Drinking Enough Water

Drinking water aids fat loss
Drinking water aids fat loss

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Water aids weight and fat loss. Drinking water has many health benefits and weight loss is one of the biggest. Moreover, it helps improve metabolism, keeps hunger at bay and keeps us hydrated. It is a natural body cleanser and has no-calories at all. Drink atleast 8 to 10 glasses of water and some water a few minutes before meals for better belly fat results.

You May Be Suffering From Health Issues

Illness like PCOD makes it difficult to loose belly fat
Illness like PCOD makes it difficult to loose belly fat

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When the body testosterone levels are high, it becomes difficult to lose body fat. It happens when you are suffering from PCOD (Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease). If you are having such problems, it is better to get advice from doctors. You might need a special diet to take care of such issues. Thyroid issues are another aspect that makes it difficult for people to lose weight.

The Fear Of Fat

Not all fats are bad
Not all fats are bad

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Have you ever imagined that what if we remove fats from all our diets? What is it that ill replace it and fills instead?

The answer is loads and loads of non-food and synthetic harmful chemicals that can be devastating to our health. Fat plays a crucial role in our weight and belly fat loss. Yes, you should be wary of fats, but not all fats. All fats are not bad. Consume the ones that are healthy, rather than avoiding all of it.

Your Genes May Have The Answer

Not losing weight could be in your genes
Not losing weight could be in your genes

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It may be that it is in your genes. Your mother or your father may have big bones or they both might be heavy. It is not your fault, and the only way to counter it, is by being careful with your diet and lifestyle.

Eat healthy foods and exercise regularly. Consult a nutritionist or a dietician and you will know what you have to eat and what not.

You Must Be Exercising Wrong

Targeted exercises in vital for fat loss
Targeted exercises in vital for fat loss

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Resort to functional exercises in the gym that impacts the muscles at the core, rather than just running on the treadmill or doing crunches after crunches. Core means – your pelvic zone, abdomen, back and oblique’s.

Involving into exercises that involves muscles, helps burn more calories and particularly the ones that involves or attacks your butt, legs and arm areas.

Losing weight and belly fat and staying fit does not have to be difficult. For the best results, get nutritional tips along with the most proven exercise programs and fitness motivation. This is the perfect recipe for fat loss in a safe, natural and proven way.

DISCLAIMER: While we have taken steps to check the accuracy of information & practices shared here; it is not a replacement for a doctor’s opinion. it is important to first always check with your own doctor before trying any medication, practice or suggestion from this site.

Ashu Gupta
Ashu Gupta is the founder of Ashu Gupta’s Diet Clinic and an acclaimed dietician and nutritionist.She staunchly believes that healthy living is not about just eating plain and tasteless foods and following strict guidelines with a lot of restrictions, but it is about enjoying life to the fullest with certain lifestyle modifications and enjoying all the good foods. Her dedication is her belief and her realistic approach to diet and nutrition has made her carve a niche for herself in this highly competitive atmosphere.