Is that belly fat becoming stubborn by the day? Here's what you can do for a flat stomach

Sorry ladies, but a healthy diet and exercise are not enough for a flat stomach.

Sarwat Fatima Sarwat Fatima Apr 17, 2017
Out of all the flab evenly distributed on your body, getting rid of belly fat takes the most effort. Photo: Shutterstock/ IndiaPicture

Losing weight is no easy feat. You spend hours hitting the gym, eat everything that you once used to hate, and stay away from all the tempting junk food. And after months of living a draconian lifestyle, when you still can't fit into your favourite pair of jeans, it's pretty disheartening.

Peeps, we understand your pain. And out of all the flab evenly distributed on your body, getting rid of belly fat takes the most effort. At times, taking the teaching of your gym trainer as the Gospel of Truth is not enough. There are various factors why your stubborn belly fat just refuses to let go of you.

You Don't Catch Enough ZZZs
All those extra hours in the gym are fine, but they will not yield any results if you don't snooze enough. According to a study by American Journal of Epidemiology, women who sleep five or fewer hours every night are 32% more likely to experience major weight gain. So, even if you slog hard, lack of sleep becomes a major deterrent in your weight loss journey.

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You Don't Eat The Right kind Of Protein
It's no brainer that you need ample amount of protein to lose weight. But, it's equally important to eat the right kind. Now, if you are one of those who stick to cheese or red meat, you will probably have a hard time shedding belly flab. Why? Because you are not having enough of protein from the lean sources.

According to a report by Huffington Post, lean protein curbs unnecessary noshing by helping you feel fuller and builds lean muscle that burns calories even when you're not exercising. So, it's best if you stick to fish, chicken, and beans.

Also read: I had just protein shake for dinner to get my dream bod. You should too

You Are All About Cardio
You might lose quite an amount of weight by just sticking to cardio, but that won't be sufficient in getting rid of the belly fat. For instance, if you run for three kilometers every morning, yet don't lose belly fat--don't be surprised. The running will not affect your waist region.

"You instead need to incorporate some weight training into your regime, in a bid to increase the muscle in the tummy area," states the study by US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.

 Also read: 4 ways to get rid of those stubborn last 5 kilos

You Don't Have Enough Magnesium
Want a flat belly? You better keep a tab on all the nutrients you are taking (or not taking). For instance, magnesium helps in weight loss and body shaping.

According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, magnesium supplement have beneficial effects on reducing fluid retention, meaning you'll feel less bloated. In fact, your daily dose should include 310mg of magnesium every day. Anything lesser than this will not help in getting rid of abdominal bloating. 

You Are Stressed Out All The Time
Ladies, do you know that your stress level also impacts your belly fat? Yup, it doesn't only give you pimples and grey hair, it also produces a hormone called cortisol. So, the more stressed you are, the more cortisol is produced.

Wondering why is it a bad thing? Well, the hormone is also responsible for enlarging your fat cells. So, it's best if you keep your stress at bay.


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