Learn how successful women use these 6 belly melting principles to get a flat belly.
One of the most common questions I get is how to lose belly fat. Belly fat is actually the most dangerous type of fat – besides aesthetics, large waist lines are indicators of –disease, inflammation, and excess FAT.
It takes more than sit-ups and squats to get rid of belly fat for good.
The most common cause of weight gain is hormonal imbalances.
Like when cortisol levels spike, because of stress, the wrong exercise, inflammatory foods, too much caffeine, etc…
Or because of insulin resistance, because of the wrong carbs, lack of exercise, improperly combining foods, etc…
Or because of low T3 or low progesterone or…the list goes on and on
When this hormones become imbalanced hormones (or lack thereof) breaks downs lean muscle (the type of tissue that burns calories most efficiently) and also holds on to fat storage in the abdominal region.
That stress can even get WORSE with bad dieting; studies show that the stress caused by dieting can increase cortisol levels, making no change in belly fat even with calorie restriction.
So how do you shape up?
How do you lose the belly fat?
Incorporate these 6 things below and you will be on your way to a flatter belly in no time flat!
Get Some Sleep
If you want to work late at night, think again. When your circadian rhythms are off, you end up eating more. When you’re tired you produce more ghrelin, which triggers cravings for sugar and other fat-building foods. You also produce less thyroid hormone (T3) and more estrogen, another hormone that causes excess belly fat.
Losing sleep can also alter your hormone production, affecting your cortisol levels that cause insulin sensitivity, prime reasons for belly fat!
Getting about 7-8 hours of sleep a night is one of the best things you can do for your body.
2.) Skip the Crunches and Sit-Ups
1000 crunches a night may get you strong abdominal muscles, but with a full layer of fat on top, you will not get the results you really want.
Since you probably already know muscle burns fat, you’ll want to work your largest muscles instead of your tiny ab muscles. You won’t be burning many calories working your abs for 30 minutes.
Instead of all crunches and sit-ups, do exercises that engage multiple muscle groups and work your entire core. Try planking, where you hold yourself in a push-up position, resting your forearms on the ground. Try 3 or 4 sets of holding for 30 seconds each.
Better yet, try this Metabolic Ab and Core Workout
Calorie Counting is the Enemy
Fighting belly fat is 85% food quality and 15% calories in vs. out.
Technically, you need to be a calorie deficit in order to lose weight and shed belly fat. However, not all calories are created equal, so after you commit to improving your food quality you’ll naturally reduce calories by filling yourself up with protein, vegetables, fats, gluten-free grains, and replacing bad habit snacks with good ones.
Seriously, do you want to count calories or points for the rest of your life?
Instead of calorie counting, be calorie conscious. Having an awareness of the amount of calories in foods will prevent you from overeating even healthy foods.
Bump Up Your Magnesium
Remember, when you’re under extreme stress, you secret more cortisol and adrenaline hormones.
Stress can be a cause of magnesium deficiency, and a lack of magnesium tends to magnify the stress reaction, worsening the problem. In studies, adrenaline and cortisol, byproducts of the “fight or flight” reaction associated with stress and anxiety, were associated with decreased magnesium.
It’s crucial for more than 300 enzyme reactions, and it’s involved in a wide variety of systems, particularly adrenal health, cardiovascular health, brain health, muscle health, bone health, and hormone health.
What this means, is in times of stress your Magnesium requirement is higher.
High magnesium foods include dark leafy greens, nuts, fish, beans, avocados, grass-fed yogurt, bananas, and dark chocolate.
Eat (More) Fat
Nope that was NOT a typo. Certain fats are the most metabolic boosting and hormone balancing foods you could eat.
Which means if you want to burn fat, you’ll have to eat fat.
Yup, you heard me! It takes fat to burn fat.
Good fats include foods rich in Omega 3′s, saturated fat, and even cholesterol…like salmon, coconut oil, avocados & walnuts.
These foods are full of nutrients that help keep you satiated throughout the day.
Just Say NO To the Big 3
The Big 3 = The 3 Most Inflammatory Foods
Eliminating these 3 food is by far the fastest and simplest method you can use to catapult your results.
Most women under stress are also in a state of inflammation, it’s a vicious cycle.
You’re stressed out -> Hormone release -> eat inflammatory foods -> Hormone Release -> REPEAT
If you avoided the inflammatory foods you can STOP the vicious cycle of inflammation and eventually belly fat gain.
You’re probably wondering what the 3 foods are, aren’t you?
3.) Polyunsaturated Vegetable Oils
That is all there is to it- Simple but surprisingly effective!!!
In Phase 1 of The Flat Belly System we show you exactly how to easily and without any struggle eliminate the most inflammatory foods.
It’s called the 21-Day Flat Belly FLUSH and after you complete this phase, you’ll be 21 pounds lighter with glowing skin and endless amounts of energy.
I guarantee it.
To read more about the Flat Belly System and find out how co-creator Juanita lost 40 pounds using this 3-Phase formula, click the image below: