Do you know there’s a formula for a fat belly?
(SS + Ft) X St= Fat Belly.
Starch and sugar (SS) combined with fat (Ft) represent the worst combination for fat gain.
Here’s why: Starches and sugar raise insulin levels and fat is relatively neutral. While fat supplies calories by itself it has little to no impact on insulin production… But when fat is added to sugar and starch (think doughnuts, French fries, pizza and burgers) you get a huge fat storing atomic bomb of insulin release.
Insulin and fat also independently raise another fat storing hormone called ASP (acylation stimulating protein). And when they are combined they drastically enhance another fat storing hormone called GIP (glucose dependent insulinotrophic peptide).
Not too mention the combination of fat and starch usually means a hefty dose of calories.
Add stress (St) on top of this and the impact is multiplied further forcing excess calories around the belly