Belly Fat

“Belly Fat!

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A common question I get is “How can I lose the fat around my stomach”. Belly fat is a common place for fat to be stored and it’s typically the hardest to get rid of. If you are struggling to lose fat in this area, your hormones may be off. Our hormones play key roles in our metabolism, cravings and our appetite.

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Holding excess fat in our stomach area may be due to high estrogen, insulin and cortisol levels and lower testosterone levels.

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High estrogen – causes more fat to accumulate around the belly. Try adding in some green tea, turmeric, ground flax & chia seeds to help decrease levels of estrogen.

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High cortisol – Stress is correlated to belly fat. When we are stressed & there are higher than normal cortisol levels, our cravings and appetite levels increase & our muscle mass levels decrease. To avoid this, ensure you are getting in at least 7 hours of sleep to help normalize hormone levels.

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High insulin – Insulin has the role of taking sugar into the bloodstream to either store it as fat or use it. To avoid having our insulin levels spike to high, limit processed foods, eat enough protein, fiber & healthy fats. Protein helps to regulate our appetite and keeps blood sugar levels stable and both fat & fiber help to slow the release of insulin (to avoid spikes).” )

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