When you try to lose belly fat, it not only improves your looks but also your health too. The problem with fat especially in the abdominal area can lead to several diseases like heart issues, high blood pressure and even increase the risk of diabetes. The problem is that in spite of all your efforts, you still aren’t losing weight. The problem isn’t in your effort but in the fact that you could be doing the wrong things which is why you’re not losing belly fat. There could be some hidden causes that you don’t even know about so what exactly are they? Read on to find out.

1 You don’t know your belly fat type

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This is a common reason that many don’t know about being one of the reason for not losing belly fat. You could have chosen the wrong way for your stomach. According to science there are five types of abdominal obesity which are due to various reasons and all of them can be rectified only by certain types of diets and exercise. You need to know your belly type and plan your weight loss program accordingly.

2 Obsession with weight

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Stop weighing yourself constantly because by looking at the scales your weight isn’t going to go down. Obsessing with weight loss slows down the entire procedure of losing belly fat. Each time you stand on the scales, you expect a different result and that can be very demotivating to weight loss goals. Weigh yourself just once every week and use it as information and ot a reason go judge yourself.

3 Following the wrong diet

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Your body needs certain nutrients like carbohydrates, fats and vitamins and excluding them from your diet can do a lot of harm. By only eating fruits and vegetables, fast food and sugars and salt will never let you lose belly fat and this is one of the reasons you are not losing belly fat. Track your diet and make sure it contains all nutrients like magnesium, healthy fats, vitamins and other elements for proper health.

4 Doing workouts with no diversity

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Training can help you lose belly fat but it is also important for your working out to be diverse because exercises influence certain body parts in different ways. You should not only focus on cardio but also add stretches, High intensity interval training and strength workouts, even swimming and martial arts. Moreover don’t think that you can work out only in a gym. You can workout at home too. Just don’t overdo it and focus on the right exercises to lose belly fat.

5 Stressing out

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Stress is one of the bigger reasons you’re not loosing belly fat. It influences your diet, your emotional and physical condition and can make your gain weight. High levels of cortisol, the stress hormone contributes to fat formation. Try as much to reduce stress or perform stress reducing activities like yoga, or meditation and listening to soft music.

6 High level of androgens

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One of the main reasons you are not losing belly fat could be PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome which means high levels of male hormones in the female body. It can cause menstrual disorders, inability to get pregnant and risk of diabetes. PCOS also affects weight gain and impacts your ability to lose belly fat. Consult a doctor for a test on your androgens level.

7 Lack of sleep

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The lack of adequate sleep increases the risk of weight gain. Sleep loss affects your body’s ability to regulate appetite and makes you hungrier than usual because of a boost of ghrelin in your body, the appetite stimulating hormone and reduction of leptin the hormone that satiates you. Moreover, not sleeping means you stay awake more and that means your body will feel hungry and want more food than usual.