For several causes, visceral fat (belly fat) can build. You must understand these causes to make informed preventative and management decisions. Some typical belly fat causes:
Dietary Choices: Poor eating habits, including a diet high in calories, saturated and trans fats, sugars, and refined carbohydrates, can lead to excess calorie intake, contributing to abdominal fat.
Sedentary Lifestyle: Lack of physical activity and prolonged sitting or inactivity can lead to weight gain, including the accumulation of belly fat.
Genetics: Genetic factors can play a role in body fat distribution, including the tendency to store fat in the abdominal area.
Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations, especially in women during menopause, can lead to increased abdominal fat. High cortisol levels due to chronic stress can also promote belly fat.
Aging: As people age, metabolism tends to slow down, and muscle mass decreases, which can result in an increase in belly fat.
Stress: Chronic stress can lead to increased production of the stress hormone cortisol, which is associated with abdominal fat accumulation.
Lack of Sleep: Poor sleep quality and insufficient sleep can affect hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism, potentially leading to weight gain, including belly fat.
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