Saturday, July 18, 2015

Battling the Belly Bulge

Women who are chronically stressed tend to have more belly fat than those who aren't. When you're frazzled, your body pumps out substances that encourage food to be stored as body fat. Anxiety also revs production of the stress hormone cortisol, which, in addition to increasing your appetite, causes fat cells to grow in your abdomen.

Here are three ideas to help battle the bulge. 

Take a Power Walk
A 15-minute cruise around the neighborhood right after eating helps reduce the damaging blood sugar spikes that occur after meals. Also aim to get up and walk around at least once an hour. The more time you spend sitting, the bigger your waist size.

Chew Gum
Chomping on a stick of gum is proven to lower cortisol levels. A theory says that the act of chewing may relieve tension and increase blood flow to the brain, so you can better concentrate. Also when you have gum in your mouth, you can't snack on sugary, fatty foods.

Do Dairy
Women who had three servings of milk, yogurt or cheese a day lost more belly fat after 12 weeks than those who had fewer. Calcium and other compounds in dairy help the body burn fat faster. If you can't stomach dairy, try calcium- and vitamin D- fortified orange juice instead.

We know that exercise is essential to burning calories and maintaining health. Be sure to include both cardio and strength training for maximum results. Combine that with sensible portions and healthy food choices and you will be on the road to success in flattening your belly.

Smile, Stay Active and Enjoy Your Food

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