2. Physical Activity
This one is obvious, isn’t it? The more you move, the more fat you burn, and the leaner, stronger, and fitter you become.
You gain more fat around the belly munching on potato chips while lounging on the sofa watching reality TV every day than someone who moves his butt every day.
And it doesn’t matter what type of physical activity you engage in (although there are activities that can help you burn more fat quickly than others), as long as you engage in physical activity.
You can sign up at the gym, work out at home, or, if it had always been your life’s dream anyway, change careers and become a professional dancer.
As we age, various factors affect how the body distributes fat among its various parts. Young people are more like to store subcutaneous fat. As they shift into their 20s, their bodies start storing more fat around the vital organs, most of which is found in your stomach area.
Weight gain, which is typical of people turning into early and middle adulthood, also contributes to this. As this study shows, men and women gain an average of 14 lbs. and 19 lbs. respectively during this time.
What’s extremely alarming, though, is the huge increase of visceral fat as people get older. Despite the relatively modest weight gain, men see a 200% increase in visceral fat going into their 30s. Women have it even worse with a whopping 400% increase.
But weight gain isn’t the only culprit. Muscle loss is also to blame. And if you’re a woman, you can thank the common misconception that you’re not supposed to lift weights because it will turn you into the Incredible Hulk.