Lower belly fat consists of two kinds of fat: visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat lies deep inside your abdomen, packed around the internal organs. It pushes out on the subcutaneous fat, which is just under the skin around your torso, hips, thighs and arms. Visceral fat is more dangerous, secreting hormones and compounds that raise your risk of disease, including some cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. As visceral fat makes your midsection expand outward, the subcutaneous fat there can sometimes droop from the weight into the lower region of your belly.
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Love handles are a combination of visceral and subcutaneous fat located in your lower belly and back. Love handles are known for sticking out above your jeans and there is typically one roll of fat on each hip that could be easily grasped, thus the name “handles”. Love handles and lower belly fat can be the most difficult fat to lose. Because it is so hard to lose, it can be confusing and frustrating to deal with. A variety of factors cause fat to build up on the lower belly and love handles including:
Hormonal changes also make belly fat develop. Women, in child-bearing years, tend to gain fat in their hips, thighs and buttocks to supply a reserve of energy during pregnancy and breastfeeding. As their levels of estrogen drop during menopause, fat migrates more to the belly. Men always have a tendency to develop belly fat, but there's no known physiological reason why. Once hormone levels of testosterone start to reduce in men after age 40, belly fat gain expedites.
Refined grains, including white bread and commercial pizza crust, also encourage the development of lower belly fat. In a 2010 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that increasing intake of refined grains correlated with more belly fat, while increased intakes of whole grains did not. Choose 100-percent whole-wheat bread and pasta, brown rice or quinoa instead of white-flour options.
Focus on compound moves like deadlifts, squats, kettlebell swings, lunges, chest presses, shoulder presses — exercises that work your entire body rather than isolating muscles. Simply put, you cannot 'spot-reduce' fat, meaning that endless crunches will do little for getting rid of your belly. For best results split your sessions over different days.
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One of the most recommended beverages for weight loss, green tea is packed with powerful antioxidants called catechins and Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). These antioxidants boost metabolism and have been linked with increased weight loss and decreased belly fat. Green tea is considered one of the healthiest beverages on the planet and is believed to provide many health benefits, including cancer prevention. Green tea is made from the apical leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis.
First one’s the Adrenal belly or Adrenal shape, caused by increased levels of cortisol. When going through stressful periods, the production of cortisol increases, and this favours the accumulation of fat around the waist, leading to a saggy abdomen. Both men and women are likely to gain weight around the waist if they are constantly exposed to high levels of stress, and besides the excess belly fat, they are also likely to experience fatigue, back pain, nervousness, poor memory and sleep problems.