What Causes Belly Fat and What You Can Do to Change It

What causes belly fat? Knowing the answer to this question is the first step on the road to learning how to get rid of that annoying little jelly roll around your middle.

Causes of Belly Fat
Belly fat can be caused simply because you are eating more calories than you are burning. This can be the result of overeating or of lack of exercise. It can also be the result of stress, as people like to eat "comfort food" - not always the best eating option available - when they are under pressure.

Aging can lead to the development of belly fat. As people age, their metabolism slows. This means that people burn fewer calories when they are older than when they are young. Therefore, you may put on weight even if your eating and exercising habits have always kept the weight off in the past.

Genetics can play a part. Your body type might make you more prone to belly fat than others. If you have an apple-shaped body, you are more likely to store fat in the middle of your body than those who have a pear-type body shape.

Menopause not only can signal a slow down in metabolism for a woman, but also cause a change in where on her body a woman stores fat. Regardless of body type, as women go through menopause, they may see their bodies start to store more fat in the tummy than before they went through menopause.

How to Get Rid of Belly Fat
Unfortunately, there is no magic cure to getting rid of tummy fat. You can't focus on a given part of your body when losing weight. You simply have to reduce the number of calories that you are eating and increase your activity levels.

Eating a low fat, well balanced diet doesn't mean that your food has to be boring. Try new fruits and vegetables. Experiment with new recipes. Variety is the spice of life and food. Speaking of which, don't ignore spices to add pizzazz to your foods.

Like your foods, vary your exercise program. If you do the same type of exercise every day, you are more likely to get bored and quit. Walk, swim or ride a bike. Take a yoga class or lift weights. Mix it up and you won't even realize you're performing hard work.

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