If you are like many of us, it is usually a mammoth struggle to lose weight around your mid section. All other aspects of our efforts may be going smoothly but the stubborn belly fat resists every step of the way. To get to the bottom of this problem, we must first understand how belly fat develops. This would then put us in a better position to understand how to remedy and prevent belly fat.
As you know one of primary tastes is sweet. Our body loves and craves foods that are sweet. I’m not sure exactly how this affinity for sweet developed but some scholars believe that given that sugar provides instant energy, it is probably entangled in our evolutionary history. But eating sweets back in early times was not a problem because the entire community was active throughout the day and as a result the calories provided by sweet foods were quickly consumed by the body. Today, this is not the case.
Nowadays we eat quite a bit more food separate and apart from sweets and at the same time we pursue rather sedentary lifestyles. This fact alone gives the body very little opportunity to get rid of the excess calories we consume and as a consequence the molecules called triglycerides are formed and stored as fat cells in places like our abdomen for use between meals. Much of this process is controlled by a hormone known as insulin.
When we eat food it is converted to glucose to be used as energy for cells and muscles. All excess glucose is flushed out off the blood by insulin and carted off to the liver where it is packed in triglyceride molecules and eventually stored in various parts of the body as fat for later use. During this process insulin level in the blood is elevated but the amount of insulin in the blood diminishes as the level of glucose declines.
This process works fine because anytime the body runs low on energy or if there is a need for it to use more energy than usual it can call up the stored energy. In this way the body is able to burn up the stored fat as energy. However, sometimes when insulin is done flushing excess glucose out of the blood it remains elevated either because of insulin impairment or because the consumption of foods like carbohydrates and sweets continue to stimulate the production of insulin. This results in several things happening:
- You may always feel hungry and crave certain foods especially sweets.
- You may eat more frequently and as a result prevent the body from burning stored fat.
- Because of the frequent eating insulin continues to spike and send glucose off for storage as fat.
- Losing weight, belly fat in particular, becomes increasingly difficult.
- You might continue to gain weight even if you are dieting and exercising.
This vicious cycle will continue until the insulin elevation problem is solved. However, if it is not remedied it is likely that more and more fat will pile up especially in areas like the legs and belly of the individual. Many individuals are inclined to resort to dieting and exercise in this situation particularly in dealing with belly fat; however, it should be noted that unless the diet addresses the insulin problem specifically, opportunities for success in reducing belly or any other fat will be limited.