Why Aren’t You Losing Belly Fat?

Belly Fat seems to be the hardest to lose even when you crush your workouts and eat clean. There are seversal reasons why you may not lose it.

Magnesium Deficiency

Our bodies require magnesium for more than 300 chemical reactions, including keeping heart rhythm steady and regulating blood sugar levels. Furthermore, this nutrient can help you in weight loss and even losing belly fat. The studies have shown that the right dose of magnesium can reduce fluid retention and one feels less bloated.

You’re Not Doing the Right Workout

People who want to loose weight often turn to cardio workouts, but once your body gets accustomed to them, they aren’t as effective. Then, you should try weight training. Lifting weights creates micro-tears in muscle that take more energy (i.e. burn more calories) in the healing process, which can last up to two days after your training session.

You Don’t Sleep Enough

According to a study from the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, when women got four hours of sleep instead of eight, they consumed more than 300 extra calories a day, mostly from fatty foods. Why? Too little sleep causes an increase in a hormone called ghrelin that stimulates appetite. 

You Drink Too Much Soda

Artificial sweeteners in diet soda don’t produce the responses your body expects when you eat something sweet. So, the sweet taste of a diet soda triggers a message to your body to expect an influx of energy, which won’t arrive since there are no calories in diet drinks.

You Use Too Much Salt

Excess salt causes water to move from your bloodstream into your skin. Salt can be found in sources such as canned foods, salad dressing, deli meats, and even some dairy products like cottage cheese.

You Drink Too Much

It’s fine to enjoy a glass of wine or clear liquor every so often with a meal, but too much alcohol can increase appetite and food intake.

Your Ab Muscles Are Week

If you feel a little puffy around your middle, although you work up and eat clean, your ab muscles may be week.  Build a well-rounded routine of planks and these killer oblique exercises to hit the core muscles from every angle and in every inch. Also, don’t forget about the posture.