Did you know belly fat is actually the most dangerous type of fat? A large waist line could be an indicator of disease.
It takes more than just exercise! We start to gain weight in our midsection when our cortisol levels rise. Stress is one of the culprits for high levels of cortisol secretion. When this happens cortisol breaks downs lean muscle (the type of tissue that burns calories most efficiently) and also holds on to fat storage in the abdominal region. That stress can even get WORSE with bad dieting; studies show that the stress caused by dieting can increase cortisol levels, making no change in belly fat even with calorie restriction.
So how do you shape up? Incorporate these 6 things below and you will be on your way to a flatter belly in no time flat!
If you want to work late at night, think again. When your biorhythms are off, you end up eating more. When you’re tired you produce more ghrelin, which triggers cravings for sugar and other fat-building foods. Losing sleep can also alter your hormone production, affecting your cortisol levels that cause insulin sensitivity, prime reasons for belly fat! Getting about 7 hours of sleep a night is one of the best things you can do for your body shaping goals.
2. Short bursts of exercises
Do exercises that engage multiple muscle groups and work your cardiovascular system. Try planking, where you hold yourself in a push-up position, resting your forearms on the ground. Try 3 or 4 sets of holding for 30 seconds each. Getting up and moving throughout the day by going for walks will also help. Check out our 20 minute workout blog series.
3. Sugar is your Foe
Fighting belly fat is having an 80% healthy diet. Reduce calories by substituting it with protein, vegetables, whole grains, and replacing bad habit snacks with good ones. For example, if you have a sugar craving, replace your calorie filled latte with zero sugar and a ton of protein that will satiate while also torching your sugar craving! Another great trick is a sprinkle of cinnamon in your morning coffee or oatmeal- the spice has been shown to help stabilize blood sugar. It also slows the rate at which food exits the stomach, which helps you feel fuller longer.
4. Vitamin C
When you’re under extreme stress, you harbour more cortisol hormone, as stated above. Vitamin C can help balance the cortisol levels whilst you are under stress and can fight off a cold. Vitamin C is also essential for making carnitine, a compound used by the body to turn fat into fuel, making this vitamin your fat burning friend.
If you’re going through an emotional crisis, stress from work, or a bad eating splurge, increase your vitamin C – it’ll help counteract the negative side effects. Try bell peppers or kiwi fruits. These have even more Vitamin C than the famous Orange!
5. Eat Fat
Remember it takes fat to burn fat. Like I said above, its sugar that gets you fat, not fat. Good fats include foods rich in Omega 3′s, like salmon, avocados & walnuts. These foods are full of nutrients that help keep you full up throughout the day.
6. Slowing down your breath
Whenever you notice you’re feeling tense and uptight check and see how you’re breathing. Most people under stress either alternate holding their breath with short breaths, or take rapid shallow breaths. After you become aware of your own breathing, consciously relax your belly and slow down the breathing. This works best if you focus on slowing down the exhalation rather than your inhalation. With each exhalation you can say to yourself “slow down”. That is all there is to it- Simple but surprisingly so effective, try it!!!
7. Wear Fit Britches
How it works:
When we accumulate body fat, blood circulation becomes worse. Because of a lack of blood circulation, we cannot metabolize or burn body fat. In addition, very little heat is being circulated to that part of your body. When we take away the heat from that area of your body and it cools, the fat then turns from subcutaneous fat into cellulite. Cellulite is almost like hard muscle that is hardened from lack of blood circulation.
Fit Britches is designed to retain the body’s heat in order to get underneath the fat tissue and increase the blood flow to allow it to get into the areas where fat tissue exists. By bringing the blood back into areas that have had restricted blood flow causes the metabolism rates to rise through release of the body's own nitric oxide, this in turn improves blood flow and oxygen supply at the skin level, causing the fat layers that make up cellulite to be melted down, leaving you with smoother and firmer skin.
Fit Britches has been tried and tested by independent laboratories.
Test results show most women reported improved appearance of cellulite, a reduction in waist, hips and thigh measurements and that their clothes felt less tight.
Results (average loss) after 30 Days:
- Reduction in thigh measurements
- 92% higher skin blood microcirculation
- 8% more skin elasticity
- 11% improved cellulite signs
- 9% more collagen synthesis
- 51% Better thermoregulation
- 33% Lower lactate accumulate
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