5 Bad Habits Causing Your Belly Fat

man sleeping on laptopThe weather may be changing, but rocking more layers does not let any of us off the hook from taking care of what’s underneath our clothes. Belly fat hasn’t been nicknamed “stubborn belly fat” for no reason. Weight around the midsection is some of the hardest to lose, yet it’s far too easy to put on and keep it there. You may be guilty of some of these common belly-fat causing habits, but we’ve got answers for how to help kick them!

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1. Emotional eating

Feeling stressed about work? Finances? It’s easy to reach for sugary and fattening ‘comfort’ foods when stress levels are high, but the effects may stay with you long after you feel better. Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone,  is released by the adrenal glands in response to stress and research has shown that elevated cortisol levels can increase weight gain.