In one of my previous blog posts, ‘How To Find Motivation’, I said in the first sentence that this would have been one of the most asked questions I get asked along side of ‘How To Get Rid Of My Stomach Bulge.’
Well that day has come where I share some tips with you on ‘How To Get Rid Of Stubborn Belly Fat’
You can do as many crunches as you can every single day, but not only can this cause injury when being repeated day after day, but it’s not going to get rid of that stomach bulge. It will give you a strong core but again, it will not help you lose the bulge.
Have you heard the sayings, “abs are made in the kitchen” or “you can’t out-train a bad diet” before?
Well, when it comes to diet and exercise 70-80% of your results come from what you choose to put into your mouth, crazy huh!
Choose foods that are in their most natural state. The less processed and less additives foods have when it comes from a packaged product, the more likely it is going to be a better choice for you and your health.
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Ok so I want to share some other tips that could be stopping you from losing that stomach bulge that people would usually look past and not give it a second thought.
Firstly, stomach fat or the stomach bulge, is in most cases caused by stress and poor diet, but the big culprit I want to talk about is cortisol which can cause belly fat. In short, cortisol Is a hormone that is related to stress and is known for that mid section body fat i.e. stomach, hips etc.
When I have people ask me why they can’t lose their midsection belly fat, I ask them apart from their food intake what stresses do they have in their life. A lot of the time they would say they don’t have any abnormal stresses then the usual work etc.
So I dig a little deeper on those stresses that I mentioned before about where people wouldn’t usually think of these things as an issue or would have any relation to stomach fat.
Sleep is vital for repairing and resting the body both physically and mentally. If you do not get a good 8 hours of solid sleep, then this could be something to look further into with ways on how you can improve your sleep.
Not getting a good nights sleep is a big stress on the body as it doesn’t get the adequate time to do it’s thang.
The circadian rhythm works like this - The first 4 hours of your sleep is the physical repair and the last 4 hours is the physiological repair and if you aren’t getting these 8 hours of sleep then this could ultimately be the reason why you cannot shift that stubborn belly fat.
My recommendation would be to start out with a magnesium supplement before bed to help calm the nervous system and overall recovery.
I would also suggest meditation, might sound wacky to some, but meditation is absolutely free and I can’t recommend it enough. You can find these on the podcast apps or even YouTube and listen to guided sleep or relaxation meditations. I would love to hear your feedback.
Over training is a huge stress on the body and something I have learnt first hand from in the past.
Check my Blog on ”Why Rest Days Are Just As Important As Your Training Days”
Over training is when there is too much stress on the body and their isn’t adequate time for your joints, muscles, tendons, and your mental state to recover. Which can lead to further issues such as injury and becoming burnt out, also known as adrenal fatigue.
Taking 1-2 days off training a week at a minimum is not going to set you back with achieving your health and fitness goals; as long as your nutrition is on track your body is not going to have any negative effect.
Your body needs the time to rest and repair and this is actually when you see the big changes in your body and see all the hard work you have been doing really come to life.
This is something I see far too often with women and combined that with over training and you are looking at a terrible cocktail.
When you under eat, your body goes into fight or flight mode and will hold on to any body fat it has as it thinks it’s going into starvation mode. In fact, that is what is happening, you are starving your body and your body is a very clever machine and will hold on to anything it can to help you ultimately stay alive.
When women come to me asking me that they have hit a plateau, yet they are eating healthy and training really hard yet they can’t lose that lower stomach bulge, I ask them what does their daily food intake look like?
9 times out of 10 they are not eating enough, even for a sedentary person (non active), let alone someone who is training 5-7 times a week. This is where that terrible cocktail comes into play.
As soon as you up your intake of healthy nourishing foods, the body drops the stress levels and you will start to shed that extra body fat as your body doesn’t feel under threat and isn’t being starved. So eat up, food is not the enemy, it’s the food choices you make, so choose wisely.
If you think this relates to you in anyway, Try working on these 3 underlying stresses and see if you notice a change in your body and mental state, I can almost be certain you will see changes once you start to reduce your training load and increase your food and sleep.
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