Can you still zip those jeans? Is that shirt a little snug? Can’t quite fit that “fitted” jacket anymore? Well, welcome to what I call the Holiday Tummy Blues. November and December have to the best/ worst two months of the year when it comes to that tummy chub. Between Thanksgiving, holiday parties, Christmas dinner, and New Years Eve drinks, that belly chub is just protruding by the hour. Don’t feel bad, we all have been there; heck some of us are still there. BUT the key is to NOT stay there, especially if it’s at an unhealthy stage.
Belly chub is always the hardest to lose as women, whether you had a child or not belly chub is the hardest to conquer, specifically as you get older. According to Dr. Oz, t number one reason it’s so hard to lose belly fat: hormones. With menopause comes a drop in estrogen; this decrease alters where the body stores fat, making women more prone to gaining visceral belly fat. Other hormonal imbalances during this time can leave the body feeling hungry, even after eating. Sleep disturbances, common in perimenopause and menopause, are associated with decreased levels of leptin (an appetite suppressant) and increased levels of ghrelin (an appetite stimulant). Additionally, the stresses of life – kids, college tuitions or the mortgage – can lead to an increase in cortisol, the “stress hormone,” which also triggers your body to store fat around the middle.
While stress may be one of the causes of your chub, one cause is definitely not backing away from the table. Let’s face it, we have to take control of the situation and stop placing blame.
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