What Is Hormonal Belly Fat And How To Fix It

If you are dealing with persistent hormonal belly fat it could be due to hormones so let’s discuss it.

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Are you eating right consistently but your belly won’t go down?  Are you exercising and doing HIIT cardio like the pros recommend and the waistline isn’t budging?  You could be dealing with hormonal belly fat.

What is hormonal belly fat?

Hormonal belly fat is an extended waistline due to hormonal imbalances in the body.  Those hormonal imbalances can be due to:

  • That time of the month
  • Menopause
  • Stress (Cortisol stress hormone)
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • In vitro fertilization (IVF)

How is it created?

Hormonal belly fat is created from hormonal fluctuations in the body.  It is commonly associated with the creation of visceral fat which surrounds the internal organs like the pancreas and liver.

This type of fat is a cause of concern because it increases one’s probability of metabolic syndrome and acquiring chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood sugar and high blood sugar let alone obesity.

How to fix hormonal belly fat

First and foremost you can’t spot reduce belly fat or excess body fat but there are strategies you can implement to get it under control.

Good nutrition

Focusing on good nutrition is paramount.  Eat a low calorie, high nutrient dense diet consistently and the body will burn the excess body fat and eventually the belly fat.  Don’t cut out food groups and eat in moderation.

Cut back on the starchy and sugary carbs and consume more complex carbs which includes fiber.  Not only does it help stabilize blood sugar levels, it helps with digestion and proper waste elimination.  It also reduces the symptoms of metabolism syndrome.

Stabilizing blood sugar levels means you feel fuller longer which results in consuming less calories throughout the day.

Try this, seriously cut back on added sugar, wheat, dairy, alcohol and caffeine.  Try and eat 1 pound of vegetables and protein a day.

Incorporating Intermittent Fasting could also help.  Read about the benefits in this article.

Improve metabolism

Focus on strategies to improve your metabolism which will ultimately help the body become a fat-burning machine to get rid of the excess body and belly fat.

As we get older the metabolism may slow down because we tend to sit more and be less active as we age.

Move your body

Exercise is not only a great stress reliever it reminds your body what it was meant to do.  Move your body with moderate exercise for at least 150 to 300 minutes a week to maintain healthy weight.

It doesn’t have to be a bunch of jumping around but get the heart rate up and burn calories on a regular basis.  It helps burn excess body fat and can improve your mood due to the release of endorphins which reduces stress.

Stress less

When the body is stressed it releases the hormone cortisol which tends to store fat in the belly.  Figure out the best strategies to help you stress less and you are on the right road to reduce belly fat.

Meditation, yoga, gardening or exercising care all great options to help manage stress.

Get your sleep

Get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night. That not only allows your body to replenish, repair and rest, you also aren’t eating excess calories because you’re snacking late at night.

The later we stay up, the more prone we are to get hungry and reach for the high calorie, low nutrient dense food such as ice cream and chips which does nothing but pack on fat.

When you are well rested, you are less stressed and have more energy to burn the next day.

Talk to your doctor

If you are experiencing PCOS, undergoing IVF or have diabetes definitely talk with your doctor.

These conditions aside, if you  are incorporating all of these strategies and still not seeing any inches lost from the belly talk to your doctor.

They may need to do further testing and assess any underlying medical issue and determine the best clinical treatment going forward.

Are you dealing with hormonal belly fat?  Which of these strategies are you currently doing and which ones do you plan to implement?

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5 Replies to "What Is Hormonal Belly Fat And How To Fix It"

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    Saguren Redyrs September 16, 2019 (7:50 am)

    I am glad that you said that we shouldn’t cut out a food group totally. We need different nutrients from different food sources. I also believe that cold showers are a great way to help with belly fat (or visceral fat). Taking cold showers regularly increases metabolism as the body tries to warm itself up. They burn off white fat while increasing brown (healthy) fat, and increase our resilience to stress (cortisol). It is one of my favorite ways to combat mental stress – I hate it for the first few seconds, but feel elated and energized for hours afterwards. I also think that the foods that we eat play a massive role in hormonal imbalances.

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    Gary Pepin October 9, 2019 (3:23 am)

    Great work and great information regarding weightloss and belly fat and it seems a great benefit to weightloss community and helps them to achieve their goals and be strong as belly fat gets loosen up.

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    Sarah Wright December 11, 2019 (5:24 am)

    Hormonal disorders affect the endocrine system, which consists of glands that use hormones to regulate metabolism, growth, and mood. These glands include the pineal gland, pituitary gland, thyroid, thymus, adrenal gland, pancreas, ovary, and testis. Because fat secretes chemicals and hormones, it’s not wrong to think of fat cells as an endocrine gland. Excessive body fat (especially the abdomen) releases substances that disrupt the function of the entire endocrine system.