WHAT IS YOUR FAT TELLING YOU?

Fat is fat, and when that fat is on your body, that’s bad—right? In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Where your fat falls on your body, and how much of it is located where, may make all the difference in your life—and in your ability to lose weight. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAT TELLING YOU?

TROUBLE ZONE = LOWER BELLY
IT’S LIKELY…
• You’re stressed out
• You have some degree of insulin resistance
• Your adrenals (stress hormones), thyroid, sex hormones are imbalanced
• You have imbalanced neurotransmitter function (craving brain chemicals active)
• Your diet and exercise routine has seen better days
• You lack the nutrients that are vital to your metabolism
• You have undiagnosed food allergies or sensitivities

DR. HYMAN’S DIETARY TIPS
• Eat only whole, fresh, real food
• Include phytonutrient rich plant foods with every meal or snack
• Increase healthy fats (avocado, nuts, seeds, fish, unrefined oils, coconut, etc.)
• Omit all flours, all sweeteners, especially high fructose corn syrup, (including artificial sweeteners), caffeine, alcohol, juice, sports drinks and all processed foods (no MSG, hydrogenated fats, additives, food dyes, flavorings, preservatives or chemicals)
• Commit to a 10-day trial of eliminating

DR. HYMAN’S LIFESTYLE TIPS
• Exercise smarter, not harder
• Try 20 minutes of interval training 3 x a week
• Balance workouts with relaxing yoga or restorative exercise
• Build muscle with weight bearing activities
• Turn on your relaxation mode
• Practice deep breathing techniques several times a day
• Learn how to hit your pause button and make relaxation a non-negotiable part of your day

DR. HYMAN’S SUGGESTED SUPPLEMENTS
• A comprehensive multivitamin
• Vitamin D3
• High quality fish oil
• Insulin Sensitizing herbs and nutrients (hops, fenugreek, alpha lipoic acid, gymnema and momordica)
• PGX fiber
• For stress-related belly fat: adaptogenic herbs (ashwagandha, rhodiola, Phosphatidylserine)

TROUBLE ZONE = HIPS
IT’S LIKELY…
• Your estrogen is imbalanced or not metabolized effectively (women and men)
• You have some degree of insulin resistance
• Your diet and exercise routine has seen better days
• You lack the right nutrients to run your metabolism
• Your thyroid is sluggish or your neurotransmitters aren’t functioning optimally
• You have toxic overload

DR. HYMAN’S DIETARY TIPS
• Eat all whole, fresh, real food focusing on phytonutrient rich plant foods
• Improve quality of dietary fat (avocado, nuts, seeds, fish, unrefined oils, coconut etc.)
• Omit all forms of sugar (including artificial sweeteners)
• Include 1-2 servings of lightly cooked cruciferous vegetables daily (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc.)
• Eliminate processed foods (no MSG, hydrogenated fats, high fructose corn syrup, additives, food dyes, flavorings, preservatives or chemicals)
• Commit to a trial of eliminating gluten, dairy and peanuts

DR. HYMAN’S LIFESTYLE TIPS
• Balance your hormones by finding balance in your exercise routine; Rotate aerobic exercise, interval training, stretching and weight bearing activity
• Release your toxic burden by sweating 3-5 times/week (if not more). Hit the sauna, steam room or take an UltraBath
• Boost feel-good progesterone by finding a relaxation practice that works for you and hit your pause button everyday; Make restorative self-care a nonnegotiable part of your day

DR. HYMAN’S SUGGESTED SUPPLEMENTS
• A comprehensive multivitamin
• Vitamin D3
• High quality fish oil
• PGX fiber
• Women (low progesterone): Buffered Vitamin C (has been shown to boost progesterone levels)
• Women (low progesterone): Chasteberry
• Women (poor estrogen metabolism): Diindolylmethane
• Women (poor estrogen detoxification): Calcium dglucarate
• Women (all): evening primrose oil
• Men (hormone imbalance): HisSynergy

TROUBLE ZONE = UPPER ABDOMINAL BLOAT
IT’S LIKELY…
• You have digestion and metabolism issues
• You have undiagnosed food allergies or sensitivities
• You have some degree of insulin resistance
• Your diet and exercise routine has seen better days
• You lack the vital nutrients to run your metabolism
• You have toxic overload or hidden infections (fungal, bacterial, parasitic, etc.)

DR. HYMAN’S DIETARY TIPS
• Commit to a 10-day trial of eliminating gluten, grains, dairy, and consider omitting soy, yeast, eggs and peanuts to rule out the most common food sensitivities
• Avoid all sugar in all forms (including artificial sweeteners)
• Avoid moldy foods (fungi) including all coffee and tea
• Eat all whole, fresh, real food focusing on phytonutrient rich plant foods
• Improve quality of dietary fat (avocado, nuts, seeds, fish, unrefined oils, coconut, etc.)

DR. HYMAN’S LIFESTYLE TIPS
• Optimize your digestion by bringing your attention to the quality of your dining experience (how fast do you eat, do you chew thoroughly, are you stressed before or during meals, do you give yourself time to enjoy your meal and digest or do you rush off back to work or the next thing on your list?)
• Keep a journal of your food intake and symptoms to track how potential food sensitivities affect you. Do this for at least 3 days and consider working with a nutrition coach to help you detect hidden food triggers.

DR. HYMAN’S SUGGESTED SUPPLEMENTS
• A comprehensive multivitamin
• Vitamin D3
• High quality fish oil
• PGX fiber
• A comprehensive, high quality probiotic with at least 20-50 billion strains of live CFU • Digestive enzymes
• Hydrochloric Acid
• Herbs to help eradicate harmful bacteria, fungus and parasites
• Nutrients to help heal and strengthen integrity of the gut lining (L – glutamine, zinc carnosine, vitamin A, DGL, slippery elm root, aloe, etc.)

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