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Lose Weight, Belly Fat

When you lose weight but still have that stubborn belly fat it is quite frustrating. You work out hard on a regular basis and you eat healthy bur you still cannot seem to reduce belly fat. There are many reasons why you are not losing stomach fat and a lot of times it may be your genes, exercise routine or your diet. Today we will go over some reasons why you are achieving your weight loss goals but not losing fat around the waist.

Flat Stomach

Lose weight and belly fat by changing your diet, strength training and cardio. Photo by Trimmed and Toned

First off, why is belly fat stubborn? “Belly fat is often a sign of ‘stress’ or insulin resistance. When you are stressed, your cortisol levels rise, which may lead to storing fat in your middle,” Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, and founder of Real Nutrition, says. “Genetics do play a role here as well, so if your parent tends to carry weight in their middle, you might end up doing the same.” You can still achieve that flat stomach you always dreamed of, so do not let genetics discourage you.

Also,  Cassie Lambert, NASM certified trainer and strength coach, mentioned that your weight-loss method may also play a role. “For example, a low-carbohydrate diet will kick-start weight loss, but this is because of the water loss from the glycogen in the muscles and not fat,” she explained. Lambert also cited large amounts of cardio as an example of how to quickly lose weight but not belly fat. In other words, you may be losing water weight and not fat stored in your body.

Evan Harden, personal trainer and National Bar League founder, said that losing weight too fast is a common mistake. “When that happens, it is hard to preserve muscle, let alone grow new muscle,” Harden said. “This leads to losing weight but not body fat and ultimately a poor body composition.” Losing weight slowly is essential to preserving muscle, and Harden noted that new research shows we should not lose more than one to three percent of our bodyweight per week.

Many of us have unrealistic weight loss goals and try to lose weight too rapid. When we do not see results fast we get discouraged and ultimately give up. Take your time and lose weight gradually.

Even though you cannot  spot reduce fat, there are nutrition and fitness ways that are effective for losing weight in the most proportional way possible. Shapiro recommended a nutrition plan that consists of high-fiber foods, lean proteins, and healthy fats at every meal.

“Visualize [your] plate and cut it in half. Make sure half the plate is full of plants, fruits, and veggies at every meal,” she advised. “Then cut the other half into quarters, and make sure one-quarter is protein and one-quarter is whole grains.”

It is great to be committed but if you ever fall off track do not beat yourself up. Just get back on the course next time and be consistent. Do not let one mistake affect your weight loss goal.

When it comes to workouts, a combination of strength training and high intensity cardio exercises is the best fitness routine to lose body fat. Strength training three to five times per week improves metabolic function and body composition according to Lambert. You increase your caloric deficit by including cardio workouts in your fat loss routine.

When we have a goal to lose weight and body fat, is it easy to be strictly focused on losing weight as fast as possible. Unfortunately, it is not healthy or effective to maintain weight loss that way. If we focus on good nutrition and daily exercise as a lifestyle, we are more likely to lose weight and belly fat in a healthy manner and keep if off.

Source: Flynn, C. “Why You’re Losing Weight but Not Belly Fat — and What to Do About It” www. Popsugar.com 16 May 2018

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Lose Belly Fat With These Fat-Burning Foods

Losing belly fat and maintaining a flat stomach has always been a goal of mine so I took diet and exercise seriously. Consuming the proper fat-burning foods is important and David Zinczenko, best-selling co-author of the popular “Eat This, Not That!” series, has published a new book “Zero Belly Diet” in which I will discuss those belly fat-burning foods in this article today.

Fat-Burning Foods

Lose belly fat with these fat-burning foods and live a longer, healthier life.

Zinczenko created “Zero Belly” which aimed to reduce inflammation, stop bloating and shut down fat-storage genes (Zinczenko 2015). Belly fat is medically defined as “visceral fat”, which surrounds our guts and organs, pushing out our tummies. This type of fat is directly related to major health diseases such as type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart disease, liver disease and even Alzheimer’s.

According to Zinczenko, Zero Belly is based on the breakthrough science of “nutritional genetics,” which is the study of how specific foods trigger our fat genes to shut off or on. When Zinczenko put together a panel to test out the Zero Belly program, the average person lost 4 inches off their waist in just 6 weeks. This is quite interesting to me because those individuals lost weight fast without calorie counting or deprivation. The key was to develop a scientifically proven eating program that focuses on your fat genes. The Zero Belly program works in these 3 ways:

First, it reduces bloating by helping you slow down on extra salt, artificial sweeteners and dairy products. Next, it heals your gut by feeding the “good” microbes in your stomach. A balanced diet will decrease inflammation and help to shut off your fat genes. Last, it increases your metabolism with health fats, good dietary fiber and lean protein.

Lose belly fat with these 9 fat-burning foods:

Lean meat has been shown to maintain a high metabolism. These meats include lean beef, skinless chicken breast or white turkey.

Lean Meat Fat-Burner

Lean meats contain adequate protein which is essential for maintaining muscle mass. Clipart photo

Eggs contain a nutrient known as choline and researchers believe it shuts off the genes for visceral fat gain.

Beans, rice, oats and other dietary fiber can help the bacteria in your gut shut off genes for diabetes. I love oatmeal for breakfast and it’s a great way to begin your day plus satisfy your sweet tooth if you add sugar to it.

Red fruit such as apples are one of my favorite foods to eat. The darker the color, the more powerful they are at helping shut off obesity genes.

Olive oil and other healthy fats will help stop hunger cravings for up to four hours. I usually eat a high-protein diet in the mornings to keep my feeling full and curb my appetite throughout the evening.

Olive Oil Benefits

Olive oil has been shown to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, high cholesterol and even cancer. Clipart photo

Extra plant protein can be discovered in nuts and seeds like almonds, sunflower seeds or pecans and split peas or soy. I also like to add a plant-based protein powder mix to my fruit smoothies before and during my workouts.

The flavors and spices you like such as cinnamon, dark chocolate and even ginger can decrease inflammation and fight your fat genes.

Zero belly drinks”, drinks that are specifically plant-based smoothies that contain protein, fiber, healthy fat and resveratrol. You will find resveratrol in quantities in peanut butter, dark chocolate and red fruits which are all my daily favorites.

Green tea, bright vegetables, and leafy greens have been shown to decrease inflammation and help shut off fat-storage genes. I personally love bright, colorful vegetables because they add color and crunch to my meal plan.

Green Tea Benefits

Green tea contains catechins, which are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Clipart photo

You can include these 9 fat-burning foods along with daily physical activity help yourself lose belly fat today!

Leeman Taylor
Senior Criminal Justice Major at Florida A&M University
Real Estate Investor & Internet Marker

Source: Zinczenko, D. “Nine foods to help you beat fat” 7 January 2015 CNN.com