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Not Losing Belly Fat?

Not Losing Belly Fat?

Summer is approaching. That means pools and beaches where everyone’s hard, or not so hard work over the winter is on display for everyone to see. Are you ready?  Here are some tips you may or may not know about fat loss to help you prepare!

The number one and most important reason you are not losing weight..(Drumroll!). You are not in a caloric deficit. I’m going to make it really simple. Think of calories as energy. Energy which provides our bodies with the necessary fuel to perform vital, day to day functions. With that being said. Think of your body having an energy balance. AKA calories in vs calories out or burned. So, when you eat more calories than you burn, those excess calories are stored as fat. When you eat less calories than you burn then you will be in a caloric deficit. Your body will be forced to turn to fat as fuel when their isn’t enough energy provided from food. All weight loss and weight gain can be attributed to energy balance.

You have a thyroid problem! The thyroid is a bow tie shaped gland right on the front of your neck below your Adam’s Apple. Its job is to take the mineral iodine, found in blood, and use oxygen and calories to control metabolism. This means that the thyroid gland is responsible for your metabolic rate and conversion of food to fuel. However, hormones have been getting a bad rep lately, everyone uses them as a scape goat to blame on as to why they can’t lose weight. It’s a little more rare for people to have thyroid problems themselves and more common to just have an iodine deficiency. Iodine can be found in foods such as eggs, turkey breast, tuna, yogurt, baked potatoes, and strawberries. All of these foods are not only nutritious and filling, but they help keep your metabolism in check too!

You are stressed! Enough stress for any reason triggers the body’s sympathetic nervous system, more commonly referred to as the “fight or flight” response. There are benefits to being in a sympathetic state for short periods of time like cognition clarity, heart rate increase, blood vessels dilate, and more oxygen present in the blood to produce ATP . However, extended periods of time can cause the levels of the stress hormone Cortisol to be too high. This can lead to muscle loss, impaired thyroid function, lower immune response, higher blood, pressure, and increased storage of body fat. Yikes, no one in the right mind wants to have anything to do with those ugly side effects! That is why it’s important to take some time and set it aside just for yourself, do what helps YOU get the burden of stress off your shoulders, everyone is different.

Those are just a quick few reasons why you’ll find your scales staying the same or even worse, getting higher… Do you or anyone you know suffer from one of these? let me know what you guys think! More content on energy balance and dieting on the way!

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