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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 January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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