Who says men and women will ever be equal in everything?
Unfortunately, if in nothing else, the unfair natural advantage with belly fat will probably always go to men. Giving us girls a little hope, however, researchers in a study published last year used mice to show that diets high in fat activate an enzyme that result in an increase in visceral (deep) fat in the abdomen. Notably, these enzymes are higher in women than men, hence the trend for women to gain more belly fat. Here’s the good part: When researchers altered mouse genetics and removed the enzyme, female mice stayed slim despite the high-fat diet.
While we wait for modern medicine to conduct clinical trials in humans, there may not be a whole lot you can do when it comes to diet and exercise if it’s your genes that are dictating the amount of belly fat you amass. Should you just blame your parents and keep eating that high fat diet? No way! Regardless of the effectiveness that a healthy diet and regular exercise might have on physical changes, it’s always a good idea to minimize the excess and get moving. For any stubborn belly fat that you can’t seem to lose on your own, liposuction is just what the doctor orders!