4 Tips To Getting Rid Of Belly Fat For Good
We all know that belly fat isn’t good for us but do we know why is that?
Excess weight is not healthy, it can lead us down a garden path of a lot of physical and mental issues. You probably have noticed that some people store their fat on their hips, some on their belly and others all over. Fat around the hips and belly is not random. It can be a sign of an imbalance of the hormone insulin.
Insulin can become imbalanced in a number of ways:
By eating a lot of refined sugary carbohydrates or
When we eat carbohydrates, this breaks down in our digestive system into the molecule glucose and is absorbed into our blood stream quite quickly. This triggers the release of the hormone insulin. Insulin’s job is to take this glucose and put it into the cells in our brain and muscles and give us energy!
Things can go wrong here when the energy is not used and excess glucose is circulating in the body. It has nowhere to go but to transform into fat and sit on our tummy and hips. It does this because its close to the liver where it can be converted back to glucose and used for energy. Essentially our body thinks its doing us a favour.
But we think differently!
When this glucose is absorbed into our blood stream it gives us a surge in blood sugar. We can get a little bit of energy but it doesn’t last long. We all know what goes up must come down at its around this point where we get the all too familiar afternoon slump. Now you would think that the body being as inquisitive as it is would convert that tummy fat back to glucose to use but that’s too much work. It would prefer to trigger cravings for sugary things and off we go on this blood sugar roller coaster again.
No Wonder Insulin Has Been Dubbed Our “Fat Storing Hormone”
Stress can also contribute to this in another way. When we are stressed the body reacts as if its being chased by something, and goes into whats known as Flight Mode. Despite the type of stress, be it physical, mental or emotional, the body reacts the same way. It shuts down all systems and just relies on getting enough energy to either stay and fight the tiger or run away. And what does it need to do this? Energy i.e glucose. So indirectly, even if you’re eating well to support your blood sugar, your stress hormone cortisol could also be contributing to your inability to lose fat around the middle.
What makes belly fat bad is not that it can contribute to your self conscious beliefs about yourself or your ability to fit into a pair of jeans but it can lead to a number of illnesses. Research has suggested that insulin and cortisol can play a leading role in illnesses such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease and more.
It is time we took control of this in a manner that best serves us. Cutting calories and exercising will only get us so far. If your hormones are imbalanced you need to understand how to balance these to support fat loss.
Here are 4 Tips To Getting Rid Of Belly Fat For Good:
1. Balance your Blood Sugar
Eat protein / healthy fats with your carbohydrates, as it slows down the release of glucose and gives you a more sustainable energy.
2. Manage Your Portion Sizes
This sounds like a no brainer but there are many people who think they are getting this right and eating too much or too little. Split your plate in half and dedicate half of your plate to vegetables, split it in half again and add 1/4 to protein and the other 1/4 to starchy veg like potatoes, rice, pasta and bread.
Do some form of exercise particularly those you enjoy as you are more likely to stick to it.
4. Manage your stress
Stress is very individual – what is scary to one person can be exhilarating to another so managing your stress needs to be individual to. Find something that you enjoy doing, that makes you laugh and feel relaxed and keep doing it.
It’s harder than it looks but it is possible. Follow these tips and see your energy soar, cravings reduce and belly fat disappears.
If you want to learn more about Elysia and her journey, listen to her podcast here.
If you’ve been thinking about boosting your mood through lifestyle changes and diet - we’ve got the perfect course for you!
Elysia Doody is a Functional Nutritionist & Exercise Coach specialising in female health and wellness and the founder of The Female Wellness Hub.
She’s embraced Functional Medicine to address her health concerns, and is now helping as many women as possible in a similar position. Taking everything she’s learned through education, her own health, and working with clients, she’s keen to share it all through online programmes.