If you are carrying around a few extra pounds, you aren’t alone. According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, more than two-thirds of american adults are overweight, with half of these people being classified as “obese”.

Excess weight isn’t just unappealing, it is unhealthy. Being overweight puts you at a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, diabetes, certain forms of cancer, and more. Here are some common causes of excess belly fat, and what you can do to combat it.

Cause: Physical inactivity. Many people have desk jobs that require them to sit for 8+ hours per day. Add this to the time they spend driving their car or watching tv, and most of their day is spent sitting on their behind. This sedentary lifestyle is a key contributor to weight gain.

Solution: Exercise. Just thirty minutes of physical activity per day can greatly increase your quality of life. It doesn’t have to be rigorous exercise, either. Something as small as a daily walk around your neighborhood can help you shed some pounds.

Cause: Nutritional deficiency. Obesity doesn’t happen overnight. It is a slow process which develops gradually over time, usually as a direct result of poor diet. Deceptively large portions, processed foods, and sugary drinks can add up to thousands of excess calories per day.

Solution: Healthy diet. Counting your calories is a good place to start, but even more important is the quality of your food. Eat plenty of lean protein, healthy fats, and whole grains, while minimizing sugar, saturated and trans fats, and processed foods. For the vast majority of people, a healthy diet mixed with daily exercise is all it takes to lose weight.

Cause: Hormonal imbalances. Unfortunately, things beyond your control can contribute to excess weight; such as hormonal imbalances. Hormones control virtually all of your bodily functions, and just one small change can have a big effect.

Solution: Professional hormone therapy. Consult with a hormone replacement specialist to see if you suffer from a hormonal balance. Blood tests are required to get an accurate reading of your hormone levels, and a specialized treatment plan will be recommended if any deficiencies are found.

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