How many times have you said if only I could get rid of this stomach I’d be fine. I think everyone can relate. This is definitely one of the HARDEST areas to get right. But guess what? It actually can be done. It’s not easy by any means but if you are determined it can be done. Unfortunately, it takes more than just sit-ups and crunches to slim down your waist.
Here are tips below to help you get that stomach down:
Stress is one of the primary culprits for high levels of cortisol secretion in your stomach. We gain weight in our bellies when our cortisol levels spike. 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. So do yourself and your tummy a favor and try not to stress
Stop the Sugar:
Sugar is clearly crack and we crave it like no other. However its one of the number one contributors to that extra belly fat! When you create a spike in insulin levels through added sugar, this shuts down any fat releasing activity of other hormones and then multiplies the the fat storing specifically around the belly for most people. Adding cortisol( the hormone that’s released when you’re stressed) to insulin is like pouring gasoline on a fire. The two together — with excess calories — are the real culprits in fat gain around your little pooch. Added sugar is in everything. Be sure to read the labels and do things like replacing juice and alcohol with water. Or replacing cookies and cake with fruit. Or adding more veggies to your fruit smoothie cause even though its natural sugar it’s still sugar so you want to cut that fructose concentration with a leafy green
Increase the cardio and strength training:
We can’t see that beautiful 6 pack under a layer of fat now can we? We need to shed it down through added cardio and strength training. when you’re running try and run short quick interval sprints for short as opposed to moderate speed. You’ll burn way more calories/ fat cause you’ll be exerting so much more energy. Incorporate more strength training ( resistance bands, calisthenics, weightlifting)as well because the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn even at rest
Cut the sodium:
Sodium retains water and you don’t want all that extra water retention making you not only feel bloated around the abdomen but eventually lead to hypertension if not cut down. Try salt less seasonings like Mrs. Dash or All Seasoning from Trader Joes and cook at home whenever you can so you can control the salt intake
Cut the ‘bad”carbs: Cut those “bad” processed food carbs like cookies, cakes, sodas, sugary cereals and replace them with “good carbs” green veggies and fresh fruits.
Eat to be satisfied: Must you have the “itis” everytime you eat? Does every meal have to be Thanksgiving? Eat to re-fuel and feel satisfied, not rolling over not sure how your pants are going to close every meal. This is how you keep metabolism up and unwanted fat calories down.
Eat Fat: Wha? Eat Fat? yes, Not a typo. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but it takes good healthy fats to burn fat. Good fats include nuts, seeds, avocados, and salmon. These foods are not only rich in Omega 3’s but are full of nutrients to keep you satiated throughout the day and reducing your hunger cravings
Vitamin C: As I mentioned, When you’re under extreme stress, your body secretes cortisol which messes with your insulin production leading to belly fat. Vitamin C helps to balance cortisol spikes. In addition, Vitamin C is good for your and boosts the immune system. There are plenty of food sources that are full of vitamin C including: bell peppers, kale and kiwi
Operation Pooch be gone. Let’s do it!
P.S.- I’m not saying you can’t enjoy your Christmas holiday. Definitely enjoy just know that if and when you’d like for that tummy to go down, these are tips that need to be followed.
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