Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Weight Loss Wednesday - 6 Ways to Ban Belly Fat

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Welcome to Pink Lemonade's Weight Loss Wednesday!

You've heard it everywhere lately... "Belly Fat is Bad".... Yes, it has been proven that the fat we carry around our midsections - "Belly Fat", or visceral fat is, indeed, more unhealthy than say, that pesky fat on our rear ends or thighs. Why? you may ask... well, it's because it's precisely this fat that gets around all of our major internal organs and gunks up the works!

Fat around your midsection can indicate or exacerbate a bevy of different problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even some types of cancers. Insulin resistance seems to be a common problem in people with large bellies - when your body doesn't use the insulin that you already have properly, it makes more and this throws your entire system "out of whack".

But, what is "too big" when it comes to waist size? Well, according to Dr. Oz (as seen on Oprah), you waist should be less than half your height in inches... that very well may be a wakeup call for many who previously thought they were in the clear!

So, what exactly can we do to get that belly smaller? Well, yes, a healthy diet and regular exercise are always the key to any weight reduction program - but there are a few other "extras" you can add into your routine to give your efforts just a little more "kick"...

Stick to Real Food - eating as many unrefined foods as you can in your daily diet will definitely enhance your weight loss. Go for fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and low fat dairy products. Try to steer clear of refined sugars and flours.

Watch your oils - definitely cut out anything with the word "hydrogenated" on the label (even if it says "0" grams trans fats... if it has "hydrogenated" listed... they're lying!!) Stick to as many monounsaturated fats as possible (in fact, try to add some at every meal) some great examples are: olives, avocados, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, flax, olive and sunflower oils.

Factor in Fiber - Fiber helps you stay full, keeps your food moving through your system and helps to block excess calories from being absorbed into your body.

Reduce your Stress - Stress makes your body produce the hormone cortisol. Cortisol, in turn encourages your body to store fat in your midsection.

Snack on Nuts and Seeds - They're full of healthy fats which will help you feel full longer and are good for your heart.

Add probiotics to your diet - These are the live, active cultures that are found in yogurt. They are "good bacteria" that really need to be in your digestive tract - unfortunately, many factors, including the use of antibiotics deplete these "good bacteria" in you body. Adding them back in aids in digestion so you can actually get the nutrients out of the food you're eating, they also aid to relive bloating and indigestion.

Try adding these "kickers" into your daily routine and you just might be surprised to find that belly shrinking faster than you anticipated!

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Posted by Liz of Pink Lemonade

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1 comment:

Irish Mom said...

I heard this on GMA yesterday!! Very concerning. I have never heard of your waist should be half your height, I'm going to have to pull out the tape measure!!