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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 December 9, 2019

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

        The result: no more mental stress.

        2. Unplug

        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

        3. Easy on the Caffeine

        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

        The result: mental stress will be gone!

        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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