The presence of extra fat in the abdomen region is referred to as pot belly, also recognized medically as abdominal obesity. Because it accumulates in the abdominal cavity, it is also known as visceral or intraabdominal fat.
It has long been recognized that visceral fat, or body fat situated in the abdominal cavity, presents substantial hazards to general health. Obesity in the abdomen increases the risk of many health concerns, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.
What are the causes of Abdominal obesity?
1. Poor diet
A diet heavy in added sugars, particularly from sugar-sweetened drinks, poor in fiber, and high in refined grains may raise the risk of weight gain and belly fat.
Stick to water, unsweetened coffee/tea, and a diet high in whole, minimally processed foods.
2. Excessive alcohol consumption
While little quantities of alcohol, particularly red wine, have been shown to provide health advantages, consuming too much alcohol may be harmful to your health and waistline.
Several studies have shown that excessive alcohol consumption may induce fat to be deposited as visceral fat. Drinking too much alcohol may lead to nutritional deficiencies, which can cause abdominal muscles to weaken and the belly to protrude.
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3. Lack of physical activity
Sedentism and physical inactivity are linked to a variety of health hazards, including weight gain and increased belly fat. Every week, aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate to strenuous physical exercise.
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4. Not getting enough sleep
For years, scientists have known that sleep deprivation makes you exhausted, grumpy, and less able to think well. It may also make you fat because it raises hunger hormone levels while decreasing fullness hormone levels, which can contribute to overeating and weight gain.
Stress may also contribute to the storage of extra visceral fat. This is due to the fact that when a person is stressed, their body produces a hormone called cortisol, which increases the amount of visceral fat a person's body accumulates.
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More study is required, but genetics may have a role in where we store fat in the body, including an increased risk for abdominal fat buildup.
Heavy smokers, according to studies, are more prone to develop pot bellies. While smoking may be connected with reduced total weight, it has been shown to shift fat towards core locations, resulting in a protruding belly, according to researchers.
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What foods can help reduce belly fat?
Making health-promoting decisions about what to eat and what to avoid, how much you exercise, and how you manage stress may all help you shed belly fat and manage the health risks that come with it. However, meals that may help you lose belly fat include:
*Leafy green vegetables
Article Reference: Medicalnewstoday.com
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