How to lose belly fat ? Belly fat is actually the most dangerous type of fat – besides aesthetics, large waist lines are indicators of –disease-disease-disease.
We start to gain weight when our cortisol levels spike. Stress is one of the primary culprits for high levels of cortisol secretion. When this happens cortisol breaks downs lean muscle (the type of tissue that burns calories most efficiently) and also holds on to fat storage in the abdominal region. So how do you shape up?
Incorporate these 6 things below and you will be on your way to a flatter belly in no time flat!
1. Sleep : Getting about 7 hours of sleep a night is one of the best things for your body shaping goals.
If you want to work late at night, think again. When you’re tired you produce more ghrelin. Losing sleep can also alter your hormone production, affecting your cortisol levels that cause insulin sensitivity, prime reasons for belly fat!
2. Short bursts of exercises
Instead of all those crunches, do exercises that engage multiple muscle groups and work your cardiovascular system. Try resting on your forearms on the ground. Try 3 or 4 sets of holding for 30 seconds each.
3. Sugar is your Enemy
Reduce calories by filling yourself up with protein, vegetables, whole grains, and replacing bad habit snacks with good ones. Replace your sugar craving with calorie laden latte with a Muscle Milk lite.
4. Vitamin C
When you’re under extreme stress, you secret more cortisol hormone. Vitamin C helps balance the cortisol spikes that happen to you under this stress. Try bell peppers, kale or kiwi fruits. These have even more Vitamin C than the famous Orange!
5. Eat Fat
Yup, you heard me! It takes fat to burn fat. Like I said above, it’s sugar that gets you fat, not fat. Good fats include foods rich in Omega 3′s, like salmon, avocados & walnuts. These foods are full of nutrients that help keep you satiated throughout the day.
6. Slowing down your breath
This is a very simple method ,with each exhalation you can say to yourself “slow down”. That is all there is to it- Simple but surprisingly effective!!! Whenever you notice you’re feeling tense and uptight check and see how you’re breathing.