Who doesn’t want to trim that extra layer of fat from around the midsection? Whether you have been unable to exercise for some time, need to lose some post-pregnancy weight or just cannot seem to lose the belly fat, there are answers. Here are a few of the top belly fat busting tips available to date.
Your first order of business is to understand belly fat. Most importantly, what causes it in the first place. You may think your growing waistline is merely a matter of overeating and while that may true in part, it is not the only thing at work. Studies show there is a definite link between increased belly fat and cortisol, which is a stress produced hormone.
Cortisol is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands. Specifically, it is created in the adrenal cortex. This is a natural function of the body but when stress enters the picture, it increases the release of specific hormones from the pituitary gland that stimulate more production of cortisol and other glucocorticoid hormones. In the scientific community, cortisol is good health enemy number one! Not only does it increase weight gain (particularly in the midsection) it also can lower immune response and cause high blood pressure and heart disease.
De-Stress to Lose Belly Fat
Losing the stress in your life is much easier said than done! It is simple to tell someone to relax but the reality of crying children, mounting bills and strained personal relationships can make that all seem so out of reach. What is the first step in lowering your stress and thereby bust belly fat? How about getting a little more sleep?
Sleep- When you lose sleep every night, it does much more to your body than just make you feel tired. Lack of sleep throws off your body’s biorhythms, which can result in overeating and altered hormone production. You need to get about 7 hours of sound sleep, especially if you are trying to trim belly fat. Tips:
No TV- turnoff or better yet, remove the television from the bedroom. This instantly removes the temptation to stare at late night infomercials!
Soft Music- If you have become accustomed to noise while you sleep, try changing it up and using soft soothing music or nature sounds to replace the jarring noise of your television.
Prepare- do you have a night time ritual? Create new habits by starting a bedtime routine, shower, read, brush your teeth etc., whatever puts you in bedtime mode.
Do you really want to bust belly fat and more importantly, the stress that is ruining your health? You already know exercise is the best way to burn calories. Getting your heart rate up, even just a little, goes a long way toward lowering stress and decreasing depression. Walking is a fantastic way to start, but the results are not instant so it makes it difficult to get motivated. If you are finding it difficult to get started, just keep in mind walking is just a start. The more you walk the sooner you can run, jog or start a gym.
A lot of people are under the mistaken impression that the best way to lose belly fat is to punish the body mercilessly. The problem with this approach is that most of the time, it does not make you feel good about yourself or your body. After all, you are punishing yourself! Start by rewarding yourself instead! De-stress, get more sleep and pick up a favorite exercise and you will see the belly fat begin to melt away.