Three Steps to a Flatter Belly
Though the above changes were listed sequentially, they should ideally be pursued all together. Exercise is key to losing the belly fat, but no step can be ignored if you truly wish to succeed! Making a lifestyle change which includes additional exercise, stress-reduction plus cortisol control, and diet-change plus glucose and lipid control will provide your body with everything it needs to get rid of your gut and all the detrimental health effects it brings with it!
Making a conscious effort to reduce your belly fat is one of the most important ways you can improve your overall health, and the benefits you receive may be enough to get you motivated to improve all the other aspects as well! No one other physiological change can make quite the same difference as reducing belly fat, because only belly fat carries the increased risk of insulin resistance, cortisol activation, and chronic inflammation.
Try to get at least an hour and a half to two hours of aerobic exercise in per week. More is even better, and will reduce your belly fat that much quicker. If you don’t have the time for this much exercise, up the intensity. Four fifteen minute burst sessions will provide about the same benefit as two hours of light jogging. Resistance training, while it won’t directly burn the belly fat, will increase your overall metabolic rate and encourage weight loss.
Stress management techniques should be combined with cortisol managing supplements until your stress is under control. The body is capable of regulating cortisol effectively when it is healthy, but the belly fat activates an undue amount of cortisol and increases its level in our blood, even absence stress! Managing cortisol with supplements until belly fat is under control is a good way to increase the efficacy of your belly fat reduction plan.
Insulin resistance is a dire consequence of belly fat, but it is also a step along the road to belly fat. High-fat, high sugar diets not only cause insulin resistance in healthy people, they also encourage excess fat deposition. Fixing your diet goes a long way towards reducing insulin resistance, but because belly fat plays such a role in its formation, fixing blood glucose and lipid levels can also help in the meantime. Certain vitamins and minerals, like D and chromium, have roles to play in insulin sensitivity. Some botanicals can also work on hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia (high blood sugar and lipids, respectively).
Any one change will play its role, but the best results will come from the best effort: changing all three at once. If you reduce your belly fat but don’t fix its underlying causes, you will need to reduce it again, a tiring prospect! On the other hand, if you fix all three aspects you are much more likely not only to take it off, but to keep it off as well, giving you a much more promising prospect for a healthy life!
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