When you set out to live a healthier, better life, part of your goal was to shed that belly fat that has plagued you all these years. However, try as you may, it sticks around like a bad habit. While extra belly fat is a deterrent to your self-confidence, it comes with an array of serious health dangers as well. From increased risk for cancer to heart disease to diabetes, unwanted belly bulge puts your life at risk every day.

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If you’ve been struggling to kiss it goodbye, it may be for one of these five reasons.

Reason #1: You’re Not Active…Enough

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There’s 168 hours in one week. How many hours are spent working on progressive activity? When we say “progressive” we are referring to activity that is continually being advanced, not the busy work that you do on a typical day. As most of you have already found out, the typical day activity (shopping, picking up kids, work, etc.) is not going to allow you to advance your health and/or weight loss. For those reading this living in the South Hills of Pittsburgh there’s no doubt that you’re busy with kids, work, family, sports, etc. but this does NOT mean you’re active enough. Some of the busiest people in Pittsburgh are also sometimes the most unhealthy and sedentary. This week, write down all activity that is outside of your daily activity. In other words, if you’re a busy nurse, we can’t count your typical workday as progressive activity, since it’s rarely progressed passed a certain point. If you want results, you’ll have to make your daily activity greater. Be sure to read #5 below since there is a healthy balance when it comes to progressing your activity.

Reason #2: Your Fork
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Getting rid of belly fat can’t only be done in the gym. It requires a lifestyle change that includes being very cautious of what you put in your mouth. That means cutting out the processed foods, saturated fats, and whatever else is likely to cause fat to cling to your midsection. In addition to those who overeat, we also have those who under eat. Under eating is another recipe for disaster since you’re not getting the key nutrients required for a healthy body. If you’re serious about weight loss and/or fitness, start a food journal this week, it’s easily the best way to get a grasp on your food. In addition, it allows you to share it with a coach or fitness professional for professional review.

Reason #3: Your Stress Levels
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When you feel stressed, it’s because something in your life is going on and you simply can’t let go of it until it’s resolved. Unfortunately, when you don’t let go of stress, fat doesn’t let go of you. It’s due to the chemical cortisol, which is released by your body when you’re facing stress. Harmless as a hormone may seem, this one kicks your appetite into gear and may even make it harder for your body to shed fat. So relax and help your waistline slim down.

Reason #4: Your Sleep Habits

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Going to sleep is not exciting. Doing it feels like you’re doing nothing. But when you’re in the battle against the belly bulge, getting quality sleep every night is key. How important is it? When researchers concluded 16 years of research into the health of nearly 70,000 women, they saw that the women who slept five or fewer hours every night were at a 30-percent increased risk for gaining 30 pounds than those who got seven hours of shut-eye on a nightly basis

Reason #5 You’re OVER Training

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Yes, one the biggest problems we’re now seeing when someone new walks in is the fact that some of them have a host of injuries from their previous workouts. They assumed that training as hard as possible, every workout, will make the fat melt off their bodies, which unfortunately isn’t the case. Of course your workout and day to day activity have to become progressively more challenging but it has to be done so in a controlled manner. If you want LONG term results without the nagging injuries you may need a fitness professional that understands program design and appropriate progressions.

There you have it, 5 reasons you’re most likely struggling to lose belly fat. If you’re serious about seeing long term results in 2016, start by reserving a complementary body analysis at Fuse this week. We have 5 available (as of today), so please email us at info@FuseFitnessStudio.com to reserve your spot today.

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