How to get rid of stubborn belly fat


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How to get rid of stubborn belly fat

Jun 19, 2024 0 comments
How to get rid of stubborn belly fat


Currently 74 percent (nearly three out of four) of American adults are overweight or obese, so I think it’s safe to say that there’s no shortage of belly fat around.

But is all belly fat created equal? And what’s driving this epidemic of blossoming waistlines? Is it just that we’re eating too much?

Or is there more to it than that?

Let’s look at several factors that are behind our expanding midsections and more importantly, how you can pave the way for blubber reduction!

The well-known blubber builders

An accumulation of belly fat is commonly the result of these two things:

1- Eating too many refined carbs and sugars, especially anything with high fructose corn syrup (soda is a big offender here).

2- Lack of exercise. Specifically, cardio activities like brisk walking, jogging, running, kickboxing, cycling and swimming—activities that raise your heart rate.

The answers here are obvious—stick to proteins, healthy fats and fresh vegetables for your meals, avoid refined carbs as much as possible, and work up a sweat at least four days a week.

But unfortunately, there are two other sneaky blubber builders that may be at work behind the scenes adding to your waistline, and unless you address them, sadly your pooch will continue to be a part of you and perhaps grow.

Here are the…

Sneaky blubber builders

If you’ve consistently been avoiding sugary, starchy carbs, are diligent about exercise and STILL can’t make a dent in your belly fat, you may be looking at one or both of the sneaky blubber builders.

A sluggish thyroid and elevated cortisol.

Here’s the scoop on both of those:

Sluggish thyroid

If your thyroid is sluggish (also known as hypothyroidism), you can eat healthy and exercise until the cows come home but you will likely still be watching your waistline expand!

Oh, and your energy will probably be non-existent too.

If you suspect thyroid issues, start by seeing a doctor and getting a complete thyroid workup—not just a TSH test. The TSH is a snapshot test that is more of a measure of pituitary function than thyroid function, and it is not always reliable to diagnose hypothyroidism.

Ask for these thyroid tests as well:

  • Free T4 and Free T3
  • Thyroid Antibody Testing
  • TRH Stimulation Test (aka TRH Challenge test)
  • Reverse T3

If thyroid hormone replacement is recommended to you, there are two options:

Synthetic hormones (such as Synthroid)—which contains only one thyroid hormone (T4).

Bioidentical thyroid hormones—these are made from desiccated pig thyroid glands and contain the complete range of thyroid hormones (T1, T2, T3 and T4).

If you are interested in bioidentical hormones and your doctor is unfamiliar with them, ask him to research them, or find a functional medicine practitioner or holistically trained doctor who has prescribed them for their patients.

Now let’s move on to…

Elevated cortisol levels

Cortisol is one of your stress hormones—it’s behind the scenes when your brain senses stress, your sympathetic nervous system gets triggered, and your body prepares for a fight-or-flight reaction.

Cortisol’s job is to ensure your body has enough energy to cope with the danger it perceives.

This is important because in a REAL situation, you would want to have the energy you need to be able to run for help or fight off an attacker. 

But the problem arises when stress becomes chronic and is an everyday occurrence for you—then cortisol levels become elevated and remain high.

When this happens, in addition to weight gain you may also eventually be looking at suppressed immune function, Type 2 diabetes, insomnia, depression, hypertension, osteoporosis, and heart disease!

If stress is your constant companion, chances are excellent you may be dealing with elevated cortisol. A doctor can assess your cortisol level, so you know where you stand.

In the meantime, here are some ways you can fight back and naturally help reduce cortisol levels:

Avoid refined carbs and concentrate on wholesome real foods 

Just like I mentioned above, avoiding refined carbs is essential. They stir up inflammation and can contribute to high cortisol levels and other hormonal imbalances, as well as open the door for Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Concentrate on wholesome real foods, doing the majority of your grocery shopping in the outer perimeter of the store.

Reduce stress

Do whatever it takes to reduce your stress load.

Regular exercise is the perfect natural stress reducer, but you can also try deep breathing, meditation, therapy, acupuncture (my go-to during stressful times), prayer and essential oils (especially lavender). 

You can also consider adopting a pet if you’re an animal lover! Research has repeatedly shown that pets are very comforting and can help ease stress. I know when I’ve had a tough day, snuggling with my 3 cats always makes me feel better.

And if it’s a job or a relationship that is causing your stress, well, it may be time to consider making a change.

Make sure your nutrient bases are covered

Nutrient deficiencies are a major contributing factor to elevated cortisol levels. Simply put, your body cannot function like it’s supposed to (including producing proper levels of hormones) when it is lacking in one or more nutrients.

In addition to having a nutritious whole foods diet, a multi-vitamin and mineral formula like Super Core can help ensure you maintain health-supporting levels of essential vitamins and minerals. 

Plus Super Core also contains natural sources of anti-inflammatories. Inflammation is yet another trigger for elevated cortisol, so Super Core can help from that perspective too.

Try ashwagandha 

Ashwagandha has been used for centuries in natural medicine to help the body deal with stress. It has been shown to not only help reduce cortisol, but also stabilize blood sugar, stimulate proper thyroid function, reduce blood pressure and ease adrenal fatigue too!

Our very own Ashwa Blend Gummies are a convenient and delicious way to put the power of ashwagandha to work for you!

Ashwa Blend Gummies is a vegan, non-GMO, cherry-flavored gummy supplement that combines the impressive power of ashwagandha with vitamin D and zinc to create an immune-enhancing formula that supports optimal health and prevention of disease.

Now you are on the road to finally reducing your belly fat, as well as paving the way for a stronger overall state of health!

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

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