Why Am I Losing Weight but Not Belly Fat?

You’ve gotten into the stride of a healthy nutrition and workout regimen, and you’re seeing the results on the scale. But many women reach their target weight only to be disappointed that they’ve lost little to no belly fat. Although it seems logical that our belly fat will shrink as we lose weight, our bodies often have other plans, and it’s extremely common to lose weight disproportionately. But don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with a healthy plan that’ll help you lose weight all around.

But first things first: why is belly fat so darn stubborn? Everyone’s body type is different, so it depends on the person, but there are a few common reasons. “Belly fat is often a sign of ‘stress’ or insulin resistance. When you are stressed, your cortisol levels rise, which may lead to storing fat in your middle,” Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, and founder of Real Nutrition, told POPSUGAR. “Genetics do play a role here as well, so if your parent tends to carry weight in their middle, you might end up doing the same.”

Excerpted from PopSugar

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