Stress is a major culprit in stubborn belly fat and inflammation that can be difficult to resolve. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone that functions to increase sugar in your bloodstream and effectively give you "fight-or- flight" power. Our body stores all this excess sugar in our fat cells and this, in turn, turns into belly fat.
How are you fueling your body? "Macro" refers to the three macronutrients — carbohydrates, protein, and fat — our bodies require for energy and proper function. A macro-based diet looks at the percentage combination of the carbs, protein, and fat in your diet instead of calorie counts alone.
Identifying an appropriate fat/protein/carbohydrate ratios for your body is critical for successful weight management. Keeping track of macros can help you gain a better understanding of foods you're eating and how we can make changes that will help you meet weight loss goals more efficiently.
3. Excess Sugar and Carbs
- thyroid hormones
5. Inflammation and Water Retention
6. Food Sensitivities
Food allergies and sensitivities can have a ripple effect when it comes to weight gain. While it may not directly cause your body to put on extra pounds, the reactions you experience may indirectly lead to weight gain.
If you experience a food sensitivity, and feel lethargic, your daily activity level and motivation may decrease dramatically, leading to higher numbers on the scale.Identifying food sensitivities is often the first step to long-lasting weight management. For me, this was the secondary factor, after stress management.