If you can’t lose belly fat, you’re going to want to know why. After all, excess belly fat, apart from looking unsightly, can cause a number of serious health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

There are 3 main reasons why you can’t lose belly fat. You can choose to ignore them and do nothing about it, or you can start taking action today and begin you journey to healthier, fitter, and ultimately, a happier you.

1. You’re Eating A Poor Diet

A diet of processed and fast food is not good for you. The odd treat now and again is OK, but if you’re regularly eating processed and fast food, you will not lose that unwanted fat around your waistline. A healthy diet consists of foods that are high in protein and low in simple carbohydrates. These include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein like chicken, turkey, tuna, fish and eggs.

Also, the type of food you eat is not the only reason that you can’t lose belly fat. How much you eat, in other words, portion control, is also important. One trick many people use is to put food on a smaller plate. It tricks your mind into thinking you’re eating more than you actually are.

2. You’re Not Doing Any Exercise

A major contributor to the difficulty of losing belly fat is an inactive lifestyle. Regular exercise will help you lose unwanted fat. But, don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you have to sweat it out in the gym for hours everyday. There are many different exercises that you can do. You just have to find the ones that you enjoy doing.

Simple activities such as walking, jogging or swimming will start burning off excess fat. Try different activities, schedules and frequencies so that you can do exercise that you will enjoy. If you keep to a regular routine, and start to eat a healthy diet, you should start to see results in a couple of weeks.

3. You’ve Got Bad Genes

Your genetic makeup is the hardest to manage. If your body builds up belly fat based on your DNA structure, all you can do is try to control it the best you can through a healthy and balanced diet and regular exercise.

But don’t be tempted to blame all your excess belly fat on your genes. The amount of fat in your body is also there because of the food you eat and the amount physical activity that do, or don’t do, on a regular basis. It will mean you’ll have to work a little harder to lose your belly fat than other people to see the same results, but it can be done through persistence and commitment.

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