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7 Reasons Why You Might Have Tummy Flab

7 Reasons Why You Might Have Tummy Flab

        7 Reasons Why You Might Have Tummy Flab

Most of us probably were at a healthy weight in our younger days as school kids. We were constantly exercising, sleeping at least 10 hours a night, and living life to the fullest. Awesome!! Next, we either headed to college for a life of cheap, late night bad food, lack of sleep, stressing about that O Chem 2 exam the next day after partying it up on the weekend at some bar that had quarter beers if you landed on heads. Or you went to work still eating late night bad food (because face it – we were young and we could do it) and drinking at the local bar that does not check ID’s. Either route started us down the slower metabolism road.

After our partying years in our 20’s, we decide to try to grow up, maybe get married and have a couple of kiddos. Now, both moms and dads definitely have less sleep, rarely any exercise except for running after the children, too many latte’s, and a crazy amount of stress because kiddos are hard!

The kids are a bit older now or you opted out of the kid phase and now you have some flab that just will not go away. Check out a few reasons why the belly fat may be loving you.

Leaky Gut

One of the most common reasons for the unwanted tummy flab, even on thin people, is called “leaky gut”. I know this sounds made up, but it is quite real. One of the gut’s functions is to absorb vital nutrients. The cells that line the intestinal wall can release zonulin, which is a protein that breaks apart junctions in the intestinal lining. Gluten, toxins, infections, stress and more can cause the junctions to break. If the junctions break, things like undigested food particles, toxins and more can escape your intestines. They travel through your bloodstream into your entire body.

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Ridding your body from unnecessary foods like too much processed sugar can help your digestive system get back on track. By watching your sugar intake you can reduce or eliminate the bloated tummy. Try eating more whole foods and less processed foods to help eliminate tummy flab.

Diastasis Recti

For moms who have had one or more babies, Diastasis Recti is a fairly common problem. Diastasis Recti is when the right and left halves of abdominal muscles separate from the body’s said line. This causes a pooch, which is sometimes referred to as the “mom pooch”. To check if you have Diastasis Recti and ways of treating it, refer to this link (befitmom.com)

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    Not Enough Exercise

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    Lack of exercise is always on the list for reasons that fat has adhered itself to you. According to the Mayo Clinic, you should exercise 30 minutes a day to lose weight or to meet specific goals. Amp up to more minutes a day and you can achieve even more health benefits.

    That Extra Cocktail

    Skip that extra cocktail when you are out and if you really need that last drink, aim for simpler drinks. The sweeter drinks tend to contain more calories. Also, the additional sugar can make you hungrier. Try and drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink to help keep your body from craving the greasy foods the next day.

    On The Trans Fat Train

    We have all heard of trans fat and most of us know to stay away. Partially hydrogenated oils are one of the biggest culprits of trans fats. Hydrogenated oil is an industrial process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oils. This causes the oil to become solid. These Trans fats are in many packaged foods, margarine, and more. Trans fats raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol and lowers your HDL (good) cholesterol. Try to avoid any food product that contains hydrogenated oil. Ask your servers at restaurants what they fry their food in; you will be shocked at how many restaurants use hydrogenated oils!

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    Sleeping

      Not Enough Shut-eye

      Getting some real shut-eye. Ya, ya…getting more sleep sounds too easy to really see belly reduction results. According to studies performed at the University of Chicago, not enough sleep reduces fat cells to not react properly to insulin. The average amount of sleep an adult should get is between 7 and 9 hours per night.

      Relaxing Enough?

      Try relaxing more. One reason people who cannot get rid of the extra fat in the mid-section can be due to stress. The stress hormone cortisol’s responsibility is to signal the body to store fat. Stress can also increase the output of insulin. Insulin is created whenever there is a rise in blood sugar. Insulin lowers blood glucose by signaling the body to store carbohydrates as fat. Try breathing exercises to relax while helping your abdominal muscles. Check out www.thefitindian.com/top-10-breathing-excercises-to-lose-belly-fat/.

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      Meditation

        There are plenty of ways to help your self and try to lose the belly flab. Even just trying a few solutions is better than none. Above all, relax, eat more whole foods, get some more zzz’s and love yourself. You will get there…keep trying!

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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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