“As always, diet can play a big part in reducing excess weight, whatever area of your body.”
According to Terri-Ann, there are other factors that could be at play when it comes to belly fat. These include:
•Menopause: “As we age our metabolism slows down and our total body fat percentage starts to increase as a result,” she said. “Body fat distribution also changes with age, which could, unfortunately, mean more weight around your tummy area.”
•Stress: “This can cause body fat around your middle. Exposure to cortisol, a hormone produced in response to stress, has been found by several studies to lead to an accumulation of fat around the stomach area,” she added.
•Bloating: “This could be making your stomach appear larger than it actually is,” she said. “Drinking lots of water, doing exercise and ensuring you’re eating a diet filled with foods rich in fibre such as whole grains, fruit and vegetables can help avoid constipation and stomach problems, which often lead to excess stomach bloating,” she explained.