Stress; stress releases Cortisol which is associated with extra weight in mid-section (among other health effects).
Lack of sleep; lack of sleep alters hormones in the body like Ghrelin and Leptin which are hunger and satiety hormones.Lack of sleep also makes you crave simple carbs because your brain and body are jonesen for quick energy.
Your diet is centered on things that come from a box, can, bag, or take-out; all which are usually high caloric, high sugar, high sodium, hydrogenated, and lacking in nutrients. Empty calories!
Your sweat sessions…shall we say…aren’t sweaty enough;most people aren’t working out as hard as they think they are.And although movement is better than being sedentary if you have weight to lose, especially in the mid-section, you have to get uncomfortable.That’s why taking a class or working with a personal trainer is ideal.They will hold you accountable and push you harder than you would normally push yourself.
You’re eating a low-fat diet;sounds contradictory but you have to eat fat to lose fat.BUT the right kind of fat! Studies have shown that eating a diet sufficient in MUFA’S (monounsaturated fats) led to greater loss in fat loss specifically in the belly.