Why is belly fat the most difficult, and last, fat to go?
Belly fat is not necessarily the most difficult and last fat to burn on the body – it depends on the person. Generally speaking, it’s not usually more difficult to get rid of, it just seems that way because it takes so long.
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Women are more efficient at storing energy in fat than men. They tend to develop more below the belly button and around the buttocks and thighs before above the belly and arms. Men tend to develop around the belly and chest before radiating out to the various parts of the body.
People’s bodies are built differently and some people are predisposed to developing fat in different areas.
There is some evidence that hormones play a role in body fat placement.
Excessive and chronic levels of cortisol from emotional, psychological, or physical distress can lead to fat accumulation in, and redistribution to, the abdominal region.
High levels of insulin can lead to build up of visceral fat. There’s a lot of stuff out there about insulin leading to build ups in the ‘love handle’ region, but there is no scientific studies backing that assertion up.
In men, low levels of testosterone lead to more fat build up. In women, high levels leads to more fat build up
High levels of estrogen lead to increased fat storage.
This seems to be related to how fat tissue accumulates as well. One study showed that higher blood flow to particular parts of your body can increase lipolysis in that region. This is one reason why it’s easier to release fatty acids from our legs and arms.
Your body does have some built in protections and an inclination to preserve energy levels at all times. If you lose a lot of weight quickly, your body will respond by slowing down your resting energy use and make less energy available for you to use for extra activities.
Granted, you can overcome these limitations through sheer will power, but that’s not the best plan and it’s not easy to restore your homeostasis back to a higher energy limitation afterwards.
Homeostasis isn’t the reason you gain weight, it’s not the reason you lose weight. It’s a reason to take things slow, focus on fat loss rather than weight loss, and an excuse for those that have problems.
Another piece of this is adaptations to exercise. As we exercise, our body adapts to that exercise, to make the exercise easier for us to do. As a result of that our body actually becomes more efficient at performing those activities.
- You can see this by the fact that when you lift weights, you have to add more weight to the rack over time. Also, you’ll notice when you run, you’re able to run farther and faster without getting as tired.
- As you progress in your training, it’s essential that you work your body with higher goals in mind. The intensity level should stay approximately the same, however.
- This means that if you’re running, when you were heavier, 6.0 mph might have been intense. Now, six months later, you’re running at 7.5 mph without a problem.
Don’t rest on your laurels as you progress in your training. Push yourself to higher levels, run faster, and run longer.
- Keep your nutrition plan in place. This really shouldn’t change much. You shouldn’t be ‘dieting’; you should be eating diversely and in proper portions.
- Make a diet plan that lets you eat what you want, that makes you happy, but gives you the proper proportions. It’s frustrating to restrict your eating and can make it all the more difficult to keep shrinking the ‘trouble’ adipose deposits.
This question originally appeared on Quora. It was answered by Bart Loews, a fitness expert.
Source: Medical Daily