Belly Fat in Women

As you age and your metabolism start to slow down, the percentage of fat in your body slowly increases. This happens even quicker for women than men. In fact, after menopause, distribution of body fat tends to transfer less in other parts of your body such as hips, arms, and legs, to more in your abdomen.

A greater cause for concern is visceral fat, which exists deeper inside the abdomen, surrounding the abdominal organs. This differs from the belly fat you can grab. Accumulating visceral fat has been related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other health problems. Subcutaneous fat, located between the skin and the abdominal wall, is more visible but also less likely to be a health risk.

While a slowing metabolism and decreased physical activity contribute to overall weight gain as you age, those factors don’t influence visceral fat accumulation directly. Heredity may be the x factor you might possess a gene that contributes to the problem. Hormones are involved in the equation as well, as changes after menopause may alter the way that your body metabolizes and stores fat, leading to more fat accumulating in your belly area.

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