What factors influence belly fat?

Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing
Belly fat is affected by the genes you inherited, the types of food you eat, the amount of chronic stress you are under and the amount of sleep you get.

Some of us have the genes that predispose us to storing belly fat but that does not mean we have to turn those genes on. Even if your parents both had serious front tires like mine did you can turn off or keep off those genes you inherited by eating the right foods, exercising, reducing stress in your life and getting the right amount of sleep.

Making these simple lifestyle changes allowed a middle aged female to lose 20 inches off her waist and keep them off. If I can do it you can do it too!
People are often genetically predisposed to storing body fat in specific trouble spots -- often the belly -- and being overweight will exacerbate the amount of fat that is stored in these spots. Men are especially at risk for abdominal weight gain. They are typically apple-shaped, meaning that fat tends to concentrate around their waist. Women tend to be pear-shaped, with more fat around their hips and thighs.

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