Did you know that belly fat is not just annoying but also potentially very hazardous to your health? It not only causes belly bulge, love handles, and bloat – it also can lead to serious diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and strokes. Belly fat is not just there holding up your pants. It is an active organ, filled with cells called adipocytes that release unwanted hormones, brain chemicals and inflammatory signals.
These chemical messengers make you hungry, slow your metabolism and promote fat storage, especially more belly fat. It sabotages any effort to lose weight or get healthy. The good news is that I am about to share 5 fast fixes to quickly reduce your belly fat and possibly save your life.
5 TIPS TO ELIMINATE BELLY FAT FAST
1- Go cold turkey and eliminate all sugars from your diet for 10 days.
Scan ingredient labels for hidden names of sugar so you can be sure to avoid it at all costs. Look for these sugars in disguise and “just say no” for 10 days (if you find yourself saying “but what about” or “can I just have” then you are likely addicted to sugar and carbs and it is even more reason to go cold turkey and reclaim your hormones, brain chemistry and metabolism.
Stop sugar or sugar substitutes by ANY name including agave nectar, high fructose corn syrup, cane syrup, dextrose, fructose, honey, invert sugar (a mixture of glucose and fructose), maltodextrin, malt syrup, maple syrup, raw sugar, sucrose, turbinado sugar, rice syrup, sorbitol, mannitol, aspartame and yes, even stevia. There are more…but these are the main ones to watch for and avoid for at least 10 days.
2- Switch your metabolism into fat-fighting mode.
Engage your parasympathetic nervous system to burn fat. Stress makes you fat and relaxing makes you thin. When you deeply relax, your body switches to fat burning and away from fat storage. And it’s easy to do. As easy as breathing. Try practicing deep relaxation for 20 minutes daily or simply focus on deep breathing by doing my Take 5 Deep Breathing activity 3 to 5 times daily. It’s simple. Take five slow deep breaths in to the count of five and out to the count of five, and repeat it five times. And then try it when you wake up, before every meal, and at bedtime.
3- Trick your body.
Mix up your routines to keep your body guessing! When you fall into a rut, your body gets used to it and your metabolism starts to slow. To keep your metabolism running smoothly, switch up your daily exercise routine. Keep it new and exciting – one day do interval bike riding, the next day, take a yoga class. And incorporate a variety of whole, fresh foods into your diet. Eating the same thing every day not only bores your taste buds but also contributes to a slow metabolism!
4- Make healthy fat your friend, not your foe.
Eat a serving or two of healthy fats (avocado, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, chia seeds, almonds, sardines, salmon, trout, grass-fed meat, omega 3 eggs, olives, coconut oil, tahini, etc.) with every meal to fuel your body. These are antiinflammatory fats, which mean they put out the smoldering fires in your system preventing you from burning fat. They also keep you from being hungry, speed up your metabolism and increase fat burning. Yes, it’s true. Fat is not a four letter word. In fact, fat is key to helping your body lose belly fat and lose weight.
5- Restore nutrient deficiencies.
Our society is overfed and undernourished. Being deficient in key minerals (such as magnesium, selenium, zinc, calcium, and potassium), vitamins (like D3, B6, B12 and folate) and essential fatty acids can slow down your metabolic function and roadblock your weight loss. You need nutrients to run your metabolism, so make sure you eat a whole foods diet and supplement with high-quality nutritional supplements, as needed.