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3 Ways to losse belly fat
3 Ways To Lose Belly Fat (If Diet & Exercise Arent Working)
So, today I want to talk about why its so hard to get rid of belly fat, explain whats probably the hidden cause (most people never consider this), and give you 3 ways you combat the ab flab once and for all!
Alright, lets dive right in
The reason stomach fat is so difficult to get rid of is because its heavily influenced by your hormones. Dont get me wrongyour stomach fat isnt the only area thats controlled by your hormones, but it happens to be the most sensitive.
So what does this mean?
It means that exercising and eating right may not be enough to get rid of your stubborn belly fat.
And theres one hormone in particular that spoils the party
Your cortisol hormone.
Cortisol is your stress hormone. Its an important hormone thats essential for human survival. Whenever your body experiences any type of stress (whether it be mental or physical) your body secretes cortisol, which then initiates a cascade of other physiological responses necessary for your body to keep functioning.
You can look at it like an emergency generator. If the main source of electricity goes out in your area from some unforeseen incident, the emergency generator kicks in to give you power until the main source is fixed. But the emergency generator isnt meant to provide power for the long term. And thats a lot like your cortisol. Cortisol turns off many of the normal physiological mechanisms and turns on many temporary physiological mechanisms (the operative word being temporary).
In a normal situation, cortisol production only lasts for a short period of time and afterwards, all metabolic functions go back to normal. But this is where things can go wrong, because in many cases these stresses that cause your body to secrete cortisol occur way too often and stay on for way too long.
When youre body experiences constant stress, it continuously secretes cortisol and thats when cortisol becomes counterproductive to your body. And depending on how long and how much cortisol you have circulating in your body, it can seriously compromise your health and alter your metabolic process causing you to gain stubborn unrelenting belly fat!
So, if you tend to gain belly fat easily and have a difficult time getting rid of it, theres a strong likelihood that youre producing too much cortisol.
Here are 3 questions I want you to ask yourself to see if theres something other than diet and exercise that may be hindering your progress:
1. Are you sleeping enough? (7-9 hours per night) Getting enough quality sleep is the most important thing you can do to minimize stress, optimize your health and help your body to burn more fat! During your sleep, your body utilizes fat as its primary source of fuel. So getting enough sleep is key to making sure that your body burns off more fat! If you have a hard time sleeping, try reading a book (non-fiction or self improvement type of books tend to work best). Sleeping in complete darkness also helps you sleep more soundly. Get rid of electrical equipment like phones, computers, TVs, and radios in your bedroom (or at least switch them off when you go to sleep). Studies have found that the less electrical magnetic field youre exposed to, the better your mind and body rests.
2. Do you feel tired all of the time?If youre constantly feeling tired, it means youre not recovering enough. Inadequate recovery means that your body still has cortisol coursing through your body. In situations like this, its best to give yourself a break and and let your body rest. Your only going to do your body more disservice by pushing through the fatigue. In fact, youll only be increasing your cortisol production and making your belly fat even more difficult to burn off.
3. Do you need caffeine in the morning to get going?Caffeine is a stimulant and it actually enhances your cortisol production! Drinking a cup-a-joe is fine if youre not suffering from chronic fatigue. If you need a stimulant to wake up, youre definitely not getting enough sleep and/or rest. If youre getting enough sleep but still have a hard time getting going in the morning without caffeine, try switching to green tea. It has about 1/4 the amount of caffeine than your regular cup of coffee and it also catachinsnatural stimulants that helps boost your energy levels and fight fatigue.
Sleep, rest, recovery!
Improving these three seemingly unrelated (but very important!) factors can end years of frustration and help you finally burn off that stubborn belly fat thats been plaguing you for years.
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