Belly fat? Top 5 hidden causes!

By May 27, 2018 No Comments
Woman grabbing excess belly fat

 Are you struggling with belly fat?  Eating less and exercising more just not doing the trick?    Here is what you need to know….

For many years you have been told that weight loss is straight forward – eat less and exercise more.  Unfortunately for many people it is just not that easy.

Your hormones affect your weight (especially belly fat)!

If you are a woman going through the hormone changes of menopause,  weight gain is typical – in fact, the average woman gains about 20 pounds as she goes through menopause!  Weight gain is also typical for men with low testosterone.

Thyroid and stress hormones (including cortisol) control whether you burn or store calories.  Insulin is a fat storing hormone, so if you are creeping towards pre-diabetes (or if you are already there) your body will tend to store fat even if you are not over-eating.

Your hormones also determine WHERE you store fat (hips vs belly, for example).  Obviously hormonal balance and healthy lifestyle habits are important for successful weight loss.  But did you know that there are often underlying factors that are also affecting your weight?

Top 5 hidden (fixable!) causes of belly fat

1.  Hidden food sensitivities   

It is very common to develop “sensitivities” to foods.  A sensitivity causes low grade inflammation which promotes weight gain.   Avoiding the foods you are sensitive to can help with mood, energy, memory, joint pains, digestive symptoms, menstrual problems as well as weight gain.

2.  Toxins

We are all exposed to thousands of chemicals on a regular basis.  Many of these are “hormone disrupters” – meaning that they interfere with your metabolism and hormonal  balance.  People with higher levels of toxins tend to gain more weight and are more likely to have diabetes, as well as other hormone problems.  Avoiding toxins and “detoxifying” (flushing toxins from your body) can be important for successful weight loss.

3.  Gut bugs!

You have trillions of bacteria living in your digestive tract.  If you have too many of the wrong bugs and not enough of the good, health-promoting “probiotic” bacteria, you can gain weight.  In some cases, the bacteria even cause us to extract more calories from the same amount of food!  So if you feel like you can gain weight from just one bite – you may be partially correct!

4. Candida

Overgrowth of yeast (candida) in your gut is another common problem.  Candida causes sugar cravings (that can be severe!), making it difficult to avoid sugary junk.  Candida also causes bloating, brain fog, fatigue, and hormonal imbalances

5.  Inflammation

Inflammatory chemicals circulating in your blood stream cause problems with insulin and cortisol, resulting in belly fat.  Insulin and cortisol cause more inflammation – so a cycle is created where your body wants to keep storing more fat…

Solutions are available!

As you can see, the “calories in vs calories out” equation is not the whole story!

If you have hormonal issues, these must be addressed.

In addition to balanced hormones, a program that addresses ALL of these underlying issues simultaneously is much more likely to result in successful longterm weight loss.  And besides a slimmer tummy, you can also expect to FEEL better!  Symptoms that commonly resolve include fatigue, brain fog, bloating, joint aches, mood problems, and quality of sleep.

If you are ready to lose weight now,  please know that there are options and we can help!  Call today to get started!  704-752-9346 or questions@signaturewellness.org