Does the rest of your body seems to be shaping up, but nothing seems to work to shift that pesky fat around your middle? Then your stressful lifestyle maybe to blame.
That's according to health expert Jackie Wicks, co-author of new book Cheats & Eats: Lifestyle Programme.
When cortisol – the so-called stress hormone – is too high for too long, it can increase the amount of fat that's stored on your stomach, she explained.
Also called visceral fat, this is a form of gel-like fat that's wrapped around major organs, including the liver, pancreas and kidneys. This type is particularly nasty, being linked to increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
Colorado-based Ms Wicks spoke to Healthista about the signs that you're suffering from 'stress belly', as she calls it.
Dieting alone is not enough to tackle the problem, she says – you have to combine healthy eating with stress management techniques.
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