Why Do We Get So Much Stomach Fat?
There are many factors that lead to a fat belly. The combination of a poor nutrition, lack of physical exercise, and stress, compounded by age, sex, and family history come together to create the conditions that cause the accumulation of stomach fat.
The food you eat has a massive impact on the way your body looks and feels. Recognizing this is easy. It’s figuring out what’s best to eat is hard.
There’s no shortage of fad diets that tout rapid stomach fat loss as one of their benefits. We’re not going to comment on those diets, or else we take forever doing so.
What science has proven to be true, however, is that sugar is one of the main culprits. Fructose, in particular, is the deadliest among the simple sugars. It has been linked to visceral fat.
Table sugar is one-half pure fructose. The other half is pure glucose, another simple sugar that’s used by the body to provide energy for the cells.
This is why medical doctors and fitness experts tell you to ditch the chocolate cakes and glazed donuts. You need to ditch the fructose. (You’ll find a deeper explanation of why sugar makes you fat below.)
A better alternative could be eating a variety of plant-based foods. The Mediterranean diet, which includes plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and legumes, is helpful in keeping the stomach fat off.
However, that’s just one study. Eating plant products has been shown to be a healthy way to losing fat, but you’ll be surprised to find out that meat eaters may also have an advantage.