Belly Fat Loss – How can I lose this abdominal fat (belly fat) – and fast!
Belly fat (harmful visceral fat) that is stubborn and resists exercise and dieting is more often than not due to a hormonal imbalance. Especially if you are over 30 years old, belly fat loss should be a priority. As one ages this excess cloaking the organs, becomes far more risky to your health than the mere sight of it in the mirror. It should be a warning signal for you, regarding the potential development of heart disease which in turn can produce a fatal heart attack and diabetes.
Life tends to be that much harder for those who suffer from hormonal imbalances. Along with the belly fat, are a host of other symptoms which make it near impossible to reduce the bulge.
Where did this pot belly come from and why is it so hard to shed?
To lose belly fat, you must take inventory of what you have been eating. Gluten is a big topic of late, and for a good reason. What we initially thought was right for us – wheat, in particular, plays a big part in what sits on our abdominal area.
Our hormones are also to blame.
Hormonal imbalances that cause belly fat, unhealthy visceral fat:
- high estrogen
- low testosterone
- low DHEA (a hormone of the adrenal glands)
- high insulin
- high cortisol
Insulin: The Culprit
There are a number of hormones contributing to your acquired belly fat. The biggest culprit however is INSULIN. Insulin is the fat storage hormone. When there are high levels of insulin, your body receives communication via the cells to gain weight around the belly. Insulin drives inflammation and oxidative stress. These cause a myriad of health issues.
Insulin resistance is what happens if you don’t get a handle of your health. Once insulin resistance occurs your body generates belly fat and then holds onto it for the rest of your life. One will start to feel extreme fatigue, especially after meals alongside a host of other related issues:
- intense sugar cravings
- high triglycerides
- low HDL
- lowered sex drive
- problems with blood clotting
Reduce Belly Fat
High insulin levels affect your body on so many levels. They have the power to influence other hormones in your body to your disadvantage. Leptin for example, is the hormone that tells your body when you are full and have been adequately fed. When insulin blocks leptin, your body is fooled into thinking that you haven’t had enough food – this even after polishing off a large portion of food such as a “Man Sized” Beef Burger, Fries and Soda. Leptin resistance will lie to your brain and tell you to eat another burger, fries and soda.
Sugar. We’ve been told that its bad for us. We tell our kids its bad for them. The media, and us as people we talk amongst ourselves – regretting the impulsion to eat dessert with all the trimmings. Sugar essentially hijacks your metabolism in order to create an insulin resistance.
Sugar is a meddler in your body., sugar muddles, scrambles and muddies all of your normal appetite controls. What eventuates is just another big serving of belly fat at the end of the day.
Fructose tastes as sugary as it is metabolically damaging. Fructose takes the direct route straight to your liver and immediately starts manufacturing fat. The fat signals for more insulin resistance which in turn results in elevated blood insulin levels. Elevated blood insulin levels cause your body to store everything. Belly fat again the preferred placement hormonally.
Fatty liver is just one of the symptoms of insulin/hormonal related belly fat. A fatty liver, in turn generates more inflammation. The excess inflammation causes additional weight gain. Any condition within the body that causes inflammation will signal insulin resistance messages. The body responds to the signals yet again with a cycling of further damage to ones health.
Fructose is sneaky. The direct route to the liver means that no information or feedback is given to the brain signalling the calories received. It doesn’t reduce ghrelin (the appetite hormone) that is usually reduced when you eat real food.
When food is scarce, we are programmed to store belly fat in response to sugar so that we can survive the winter. Genes do play a role, but they are a minor contributor to the massive obesity and diabetes pandemic we are facing globally.
Why Belly Fat is Not Your Biggest Challenge
The biggest challenge with being overweight is actually not your waistline, nor is it your weight. Who is to blame? Your brain! Remove those ideas that keep you stuck in an endless cycle of yo-yo dieting. Thinking the way you’ve always thought and doing things you’ve always done will only lead to more of the same.
Eat food that is natural, organic and real.
Real food, which contains many nutrients means our body becomes satisfied more readily and responds physically as well as biologically. When you get true vitamins and minerals out of the food you eat, it helps you burn calories, it regulates your appetite as it should, lowers inflammation, boosts detoxification, aids digestion, regulates stress hormones, and helps your cells become more insulin sensitive. Load up on green vegetables. Protein should be in every meal.
Just say NO to stress
Chronic stress makes your brain shrink and your belly to widen. Chronically elevated levels of cortisol (stress hormone) causes increased blood sugar and cholesterol, depression, dementia, and influences the accumulation of belly fat. You crave sugar and carbs and seek comfort food.
Food sensitivities = Our bodies are communicating with us
We often crave the very foods we are allergic to. Remove them and within two to three days without them, you’ll experience renewed energy, relief from cravings and begin to shed belly fat. Gluten and dairy are two big food sensitivities that once you remove from your diet will promote reduced belly fat and a slimmer waistline.
Sleep is a must – 7-8hrs suggested per night
Not getting enough sleep drives sugar cravings up more than a notch, alongside the cravings for carbs. Even a partial poor sleep can contribute to insulin resistance. Poor sleep adversely impacts fat-regulating hormones such as leptin and ghrelin.
Optimize your nutrient levels:
- Be sure to consume multivitamins that contain blood sugar-balancing nutrients.
- Optimize omega-3 fat as they are important for controlling insulin functionality.
- Make sure you optimize your vitamin D. Low levels of this critical vitamin impair appetite control.
- Consider taking natural supplements for cravings control. L-glutamine and PGX (a super fiber) are among the natural dietary supplements that can help reduce cravings.
Monitor your alcohol intake
A nice glass of red wine with a meal, a cold beer on a hot day – alcohol can do more harm than you realise, particularly if you suffer from diabetes or controlling your belly fat.
Two glasses of wine a day = 72,000 extra calories a year = an extra 20 pounds a year. These liquid calories go right to your stomach.