Today I wanted to talk about belly fat because…
Stomach fat has been linked to stress levels, So when we’re stressed cortisol is released from our adrenal glands and this causes the body to lay down fat around the belly.
There was a study done in Yale University thats showed even slim women are likely to have excess abdominal fat if they are regularly stressed.
It found that women with greater abdominal fat had more negative moods and higher levels of stress. So Greater exposure to stress may explain their enhanced cortisol reactivity. Therefore, their cortisol exposure may have led them to accumulate abdominal fat.
So what can you do about it?
Firstly long cardio sessions are not a great idea, simply because it will create excess cortisol so try to include weights, pilates, yoga and some interval training of some kind into your training programme.
Belly fat can also be caused by imbalanced gut bacteria, so Sugar and grains — such as bread and pasta — which feed the gut bacteria, so avoid them. Try cutting out citrus fruits, too, to see if it makes a difference, as they can sometimes cause bloating.
Sweets, coffee, alcohol, salt and junk food also stress out your system, so they’re best avoided, too.
Foods that restore cortisol balance — which helps flatten your stomach — include lean protein, such as chicken and fish, green vegetables, sweet potatoes, beetroot, olives and avocadoes.’
I personally recommend a good quality fish oil or omega oil because they’ve been shown to slow the absorption of sugar through the gut.
So there’s my tips on how to reduce your belly fat.
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