Why the Belly is Often the Last Place You’ll Lose Fat From
Are you struggling with losing belly fat? Maybe you’ve been losing fat, but you have yet to lose the fat around your mid section and you’re not sure why.
Maybe you have tried losing your belly fat in the past, but have failed, and now you want answers.
Either way, you’re in the right place to find out why the belly is often the last place you’ll lose fat from.
Belly fat consists of two types of fat, subcutaneous fat, and visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat is the layer of belly fat right under the skin.
It’s the fat that you can pinch, and most likely the type of fat you’re most aware of.
Visceral fat is the fat that is found deeper in the body and surrounds your major organs. It is also the type of fat that is the most dangerous.
Higher levels of visceral fat are linked to a variety of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
The good news about visceral fat is that even though it’s more harmful, it’s easier to get rid of than subcutaneous fat.
The bad news is that the subcutaneous fat is more noticeable and it’s the last fat to go, but why?
To lose fat you must be in a calorie deficit, meaning you have to use more calories than you consume. This can be done through exercise and eating fewer calories.
Being in a calorie deficit causes your body to seek out fuel from stored fat once the calories you eat have been used. This is how fat loss takes place, but it’s a slow process.
Genetics determine where you lose fat from, but most people lose fat all over their bodies, a little at the time.
Normally the parts of your body that show fat loss the fastest are the parts that hold the least fat such as your face, lower legs, and lower arms.
As you continue to lose body fat, you will see a difference in your upper legs, upper arms, and belly. Because the belly area tends to hold more fat, it will often be the last place you see a difference.
It takes a while to finish losing belly fat, but if you stay in a calorie deficit long enough, you will lose your belly fat and have the body that you desire.
You will also be much healthier once the visceral fat around your organs is gone because your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and many other health problems will be reduced.
Now that you know why the belly is the last place you lose fat, you can concentrate on doing what you need to do to get in a calorie deficit and stay there.
A good exercise routine that addresses cardio, strength training, and flexibility can help you stay in a deficit, but the most important way to get in and maintain a calorie deficit is to track calories.
Stay consistent in your efforts to lose fat and live a healthier life, and you will lose all of that stubborn belly fat.
Can You “Spot Reduce” Fat from a Particular Area of the Body?
Do you have areas of your body that seem to hold onto fat more than others?
Maybe you have excess fat on your thighs or upper arms. Maybe you have a problem with belly fat.
Most of us have areas of our body that we’d love to just wave a magic wand over, and magically the fat would disappear.
The process of reducing fat in certain areas is called “spot reducing”, and there’s a whole industry that is built around the concept that some products can help reduce fat in the areas we choose.
Most of these products target belly fat because it’s what most people want to reduce, but there are some that target other areas of the body.
Is there any truth to the claim that fat can be “spot reduced” and do any of these products work?
Fat accumulates in different places in our bodies, and the amount and the order in which the fat accumulates is largely determined by genetics.
It can also be influenced by some external factors like stress and lack of sleep, both of which cause cortisol levels to rise. Elevated cortisol levels can cause more belly fat to accumulate, but genetics play a larger role in where fat is deposited.
There’s not much you can do about how your body stores fat, but can you influence how it gets rid of it?
Just as you can’t control where fat deposits form in your body, you can’t control what areas lose fat first.
There are no exercises that you can do to “spot reduce” fat, even though there are multiple gadgets and programs that claim you can.
Exercising a certain body part will help the muscles in that area get stronger, but it won’t cause fat to be reduced in that area. Fat loss and muscle strengthening are two different things.
Also, fat does not turn into muscle. You can decrease fat and increase muscle, but you can’t turn one into the other.
There are a couple things you can do to lose fat, but you won’t be able to control where that fat is lost from.
The only thing you can do is consistently lose body fat at a healthy rate by lowering your calories enough so that you burn more than you take in.
This is called being in a calorie deficit. You will have to continue the process until you lose fat in the areas that you want. It may take a while, but it will happen if you stay in a calorie deficit long enough.
The belly is normally the last place most people lose fat.
You can help your body let go of belly fat by getting enough rest and keeping your stress levels low, lowering your cortisol levels, but there are no guarantees.
Now that you know the truth about “spot reducing” fat, you are a more informed consumer and will be able to make better decisions regarding your health and fitness.
Spend your money, time, and energy on proven methods of fat loss, and stop looking for short cuts. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.