Most of all, not everyone is fortunate to easily lose belly fat. The biggest hurdles are:
- First of all, the metabolic rate drops as you get older. As a result, your body needs less calories to function normally.
- Also, in menopause, production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone slows down. Meanwhile, testosterone levels also start to drop, but at a slower rate. This shift in hormones causes women to hold onto weight in their bellies.
- Next, genetic disposition gives some people an apple shaped body. As a result, there is excess fat around their middle than their hips and thigh.
- Furthermore, over exercising and/or endurance training creates physical stress. And this physical stress disturbs cortisol balance. Consequently, belly fat increases.
- Finally, the microbiota in the guts of people is different. Therefore, “a calorie is a calorie” no longer holds true. Most of all, the different gut microbiota pulls different amounts of calories from the same food.
Most noteworthy, all these hurdles are not show stoppers. But it’s just harder because you have to diligently manage your food intake. Furthermore you have to do more aerobics and muscle building to burn off the excess calories and fat. The infographic below shows how these three activities combined with others work to reduce belly fat.