Menopot Belly. Love Handles. Gut Fat. Whatever you want to call it, excess weight around your middle can be the most difficult weight on your body to lose. And believe it or not, it is also more dangerous to your health than those extra pounds that accumulate on your hips or thighs.
The fat around your belly is an outward sign of deep, internal fat surrounding your organs. Fat in this area causes an increase of hormones that raise blood pressure and increase bad cholesterol, putting you at risk for heart disease, stroke, and premature death.
Belly fat has also been associated with an increased risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and metabolic syndrome.
What’s to blame for belly fat? Stress, age, poor lifestyle choices, and genetics play a role and so does your diet. Nutrition is your main vehicle to great abs! Working out is essential but your food intake determines your body’s response to your workouts.
For many it’s fair to say that most of the weight gain around your waistline and anywhere else on your body is primarily caused by consumption of too many calories. Your ability to build muscle and burn fat is a direct result of what is happening in your body & is an indication of what your body is made of. Before you delve into the details, you need to remember that your body needs fat, carbohydrate and protein to live. NO EXCEPTIONS! With that being said, there do seem to be certain foods and drinks especially associated with an increase of fat cells in the body.
While I do joke around with my hubby about his beer drinking belly, the phrase “beer belly” is an accurate description of what goes on when you consume too much alcohol. Have you ever had a Monday after drinking too much over the weekend and it was difficult to button those favorite jeans that you had on last week. Why does this happen? When you drink alcohol, your liver goes into overdrive to burn it off instead of working to burn off the high fat content. Alcohol can also make you hungrier, causing you to consume more calories than normal. So 1st thing, for the next 2 weeks lets all just say NO to alcohol!
You want to know what else wreaks havoc on your waistline? TRANS FATS! Foods containing trans fat are another contributing factor for a fat gut! Trans fat is a manmade fat created with partially hydrogenated oil. This unnatural fat leads to, you guessed it, BELLY FAT! Where can you find trans fat in your diet? If you have any cookies, crackers, pastries, potato chips, margarine, fried foods, and packaged foods in your food plan, get RID OF THEM NOW!
How many of you still have pop/soda in your diet. SERIOUSLY? These sugar-sweetened beverages are another culprit for your abdominal fat. The empty calories and high amount of high-fructose corn syrup cause extreme weight gain in the midsection. High-fructose corn syrup is also found in foods such as ketchup, mayonnaise, jam, canned fruits, yogurt, bread, and even fruit juice. Are these in your diet?
And then are the grains especially low-fiber grains. These are also responsible for belly fat, primarily due to the high sugar content, and in a nutshell too much sugar equals too much body fat. To avoid these, skip foods such as white rice, white bread, and sugary cereals. If you do consume whole grains, keep it to a minimum if you ever want to stand a chance of having a flat belly 🙂
So let me ask you this. When was the last time you did a total body cleanse? That’s when you remove ALL sugar, dairy, alcohol, processed foods & all the YUCK that’s in your food plan. Have you ever? If not, why not?
I ask this because I’m doing my first “cleanse”. I’m on Day 11 of my 24 Day Challenge and I feel FANTASTIC 🙂 I’ve lost 1.5″ in my waist because the 1st 10 days I did the cleanse portion of the Challenge. I lost 2lbs of body fat and 1lb of water. Over the next 2 weeks I will focus on vitamins and fueling consistently every 3-4 hours. I’m so excited & can’t wait to share my results with you at the end of this Challenge.
Until then you can check out what it is that I am doing here:
And if you are interested in doing this Challenge with me or you just have questions about the 24 Day Challenge please don’t hesitate to call me 🙂
But always remember, whittling your waistline starts with a low-calorie, well-balanced diet and consistent, intense exercise. Your recipe for a healthy ‘six pack’ starts with a diet rich in fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds, and lean meat. Moving toward a slimmer waistline also requires you to move away from the fatty foods and drinks listed above.
We all know that good health comes from a combination of a consistent, challenging exercise routine coupled with clean eating. This month at CrossFit Commotion, as we head into the season of indulgence, we will focus on training the ‘Core’ in order to tighten and strengthen your ‘midsection’, and we’ll also focus on minimizing the sugars, grains and alcohol from the diet. 🙂
Work hard, eat clean, stay focused & enjoy an active day!