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9 Reasons Your Belly Fat Doesn’t Go Away And How To Get Rid Of It

9 Reasons Your Belly Fat Doesn’t Go Away And How To Get Rid Of It

It’s hard to comprehend when you truly think about it, but the facts don’t lie: one in three Americans are obese, and this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down quite yet. Chances are there’s a bit (or maybe a lot) of stubborn belly fat you’ve been trying to clear yourself of. Rather than spend another whole year with this cumbersome cellulite, check out nine ways to get rid of it for good.

1. Find out exactly how much protein you need

This one is all about the activity level in life you already sustain. In a world where the media and lobbyists have virtually dominated consumers’ conceptions of protein needs, most people still believe they aren’t getting enough protein. The opposite is actually the truth. Most people are already getting as much protein as they need, if not more.

The catch here is to know what number to shoot for, if your energy expenditure is high. For every pound of lean body mass, you should aim for 0.5 to one gram of protein. This ensures all fitness activity, such as strength training or cardio, is followed by adequate amounts of protein replenishment.

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2. If your body needs more, adjust your intake

If you are training for a focused athletic accomplishment (such as marathoning or power lifting) or an elite athlete, you’ll certainly need more protein. Your protein intake (and the type of protein) should be custom-fitted to the specific activity you’re engaging in. Most weightlifters and bodybuilders consume whey protein, where as heavy cardio and individuals with other food preferences may call on pea protein or brown rice protein.

3. Stay annoyingly low on carbs

Yes, it’s true: one of the fastest and most reliable ways to lose weight is to avoid carbs. Eating less than 150 grams per day will dramatically boost your body’s ability to burn fat and understand how to use glucose better.

4. Drink more water than you do normally

Water is one of the primary “transport” substances your body uses to get things done. Not only does water keep you hydrated and refreshed, it assists your body in converting carbohydrates into usable energy. Water is used to remove waste products and is also involved in breaking down unwanted fat cells.

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5. Start eating more fat

Yes, you read that correctly.

Fat is actually the body’s best source for energy, so you’d be remiss to avoid this tip. It sounds counterintuitive from the get-go, as the very word “fat” is reviled and despised by millions of Americans and others around the globe. Yet, fat has nine calories per gram, while carbs and protein only have four. So by this logic alone, you can eat less fat and still get more caloric nutrition than you would eating simply carbs or protein.

6. Try a few days with 50g of carbs or less

Doing some “carb fasting” where you consume almost no carbohydrates at all will actually kickstart your body into burning more fat. Your body uses about 150 grams of carbs per day, but what it can’t obtain from your food that day, it will procure from gluconeogenesis. This fancy word means “to create new glucose”.

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7. Kick your day off on the right foot

To help your body know how to best use carbs, consuming the largest amount of carbs first thing each day is a solid approach. This provides your body with ample time to assimilate the carbs and use them up before they are stored as fat.

8. Divide and diversify with protein

Including a smaller amount of protein at every meal, instead of consuming during one large “protein window” is actually best for your body. Your digestive system can only process a certain amount of nutrients at any given time, so it’s optimal to spread your protein consumption out across meals. This is closely related to how you can actually toxify your body if you consume too much of any given micronutrient.

9. Complete your evening on a light note, with healthy fat

When it’s time to consume your final meal of the day, remain nutrient-focused rather than succumbing to overly sweet and barren carbs. If you’re the conventional type, basing a light meal around fish is recommended by dozens of top health organizations. If you’re the plant-based type, some no-sugar-added peanut butter or half of an avocado is best. Then, while you’re sleeping, your body will use these fats and protein to restore damaged muscle and refresh cellular components that require fat.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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