6 REASONS YOU AREN’T LOSING STUBBORN BELLY FAT

 

“I’m tired of this stubborn belly fat”.

 

The belly. It’s the one part of the body that almost every woman complains about, especially for us over the age of 35. Besides just getting older, here are some reasons why you aren’t losing belly fat as fast as you’d like to.

 

1. You’re stressed

Work, kids, husbands (wink!)… Ladies, we have a lot to stress about. However, you can blame your belly fat on being too stressed for too long. When you’re stressed, your body releases the “stress hormone” called cortisol. High levels of this make it difficult to digest food properly and leads to weight gain, especially over the tummy.

 

2. You aren’t sleeping enough

Besides being grumpy, when you don’t get enough sleep your body starts to produce more of the “I’m hungry” called grehlin, and less of the “I’m not hungry” hormone called leptin. This is a bad combo for that bikini belly you’ve been wanting! Try to get AT LEAST 7-8 hours of sleep at night. More if you’ve been exercising a lot more than usual.

 

3. You’re eating too many highly processed foods

Foods that are highly processed (cookies, chips, crackers, etc.) are high in “bad” fats, low in fiber, and cause your blood sugar to spike and make you feel hungry again sooner than expected, which causes weight gain. Try to eat “whole” foods. My motto is: if it didn’t come straight from the ground, it’s not going in my mouth.

 

Carissa Alinat ARNP

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4. You’re only exercising your abs

If you think you’re going to get a bikini belly by only doing abdominal workouts and eating healthy, I hate to say it, but it either won’t happen or it’s going to take forever! To get a tight tummy, you need to lose fat all over your body, not just your tummy. You need cardio and also resistance exercises that target multiple muscle groups.

 

5. You’re doing the wrong belly fat workouts

Hours on a treadmill may help you lose weight, but it’s not the most effective way to give you the bikini belly you want. You need to add on resistance training and mix up your workouts. Otherwise, your muscles will get used to doing the same thing over and over again, and won’t “grow.”

 

6. You’re eating the wrong fats

A diet too high in saturated fats (i.e. red meat) can lead to extra pounds around the middle. Keep your diet balanced and make sure to eat unsaturated fats (i.e. fish). Not only are they good for the waistline, but some types of unsaturated fats (i.e. salmon, walnuts) can also benefit your brain and heart and protect you from heart attack and stroke.

 

I hope this helps, ladies. Good luck on getting the bikini belly you’ve always wanted. It’s not far out of reach!

 

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4 FOODS THAT MAY BE DEPRESSING YOU

4 FOODS THAT MAY BE DEPRESSING YOU

Did you know about these depressive foods?

 

What we eat has a lot to do with how we feel! Here are 4 types of foods that may be bringing you down and turning your smile into a frown..

 

1. Inflammatory Foods

 

Foods that are high in sugar and “bad” fats can cause inflammation in the body and have been linked to an increased risk of depression. If you’re wondering what “bad” fats are, these are the trans fats and saturated fats, which can also be artery-cloggers when eaten in excess. Unsaturated fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) should make up most of your dietary fat intake. Many foods have a mixture of fats, but just know that:

 

  • Saturated fats are often found in foods with animal fat (meat, butter, cream).
  • Trans fats are man-made fats found in some margarines and packaged baked foods.
  • Unsaturated fats are often found in plant-based foods and seafood (olive oil, avocado, fish, nuts).

 

2. Artificial Sweeteners

 

Do you think you’re doing yourself a favor by skipping natural sugar and opting for the artificial stuff? Skip those little colored packets because research shows that high aspartame consumption results in depression, headaches, and irritable mood.

 

I recommend:

  • Using natural cane sugar in moderation, or
  • Using stevia, which is a natural plant-based sweetener.
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3. Foods High On The Glycemic Index

 

Research shows that higher glycemic index diets are not only associated with diabetes, but they are also associated with depression. When you eat foods high on the glycemic index, your blood glucose (sugar) spikes and throws your body out of whack trying to spew out more insulin to even things out. Foods that are high in glycemic index are often “white” carbs (white bread, short-grain white rice).

 

Some lower glycemic index foods include:

  • Most non-starchy vegetables and fruits
  • Black rice, wild rice, brown rice
  • Sweet potatoes, yams

 

4. Low-Fiber Foods

 

Fiber is not only a best friend for weight loss and keeps you “regular” (if you know what I mean!), but low-fiber diets are also associated with depression. Unfortunately, most of us consume less than half of the recommended daily intake of fiber. Women should consume at least 25 grams a day, and 38 grams a day for men.

 

Some hints for more fiber in your diet:

  • Leave the peels on your vegetables and fruits if you can.
  • Buy whole-grain bread (remember that whole wheat and whole grain are not the same thing!)
  • Eat seeds (pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, etc)

 

I hope you find these tips useful, ladies!

 

Love and Health,

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