10 golden rules for losing belly fat

  • Ditch your diet and stop counting calories, otherwise, your body will think there’s a famine and will raise stress levels, which contribute to fat storage.
  • Eat every three hours. Keep your blood sugar levels and energy levels stable by eating regularly. Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus a mid-morning snack and one mid afternoon. Try not to eat carbohydrates after 6 pm. This will stop those roller-coaster highs and sugar cravings.  Because your blood sugar isn’t allowed to drop, your body will no longer have to ask you for a quick fix.
  • Don’t skip breakfast. If you miss breakfast your body immediately registers famine and holds on to your stores of fat.
  • Remove or cut down all added sugar and refined carbs. Avoid any foods that make your blood sugar rise quickly, because – as your blood sugar drops again – your body releases adrenaline and cortisol to stabilize it once more. Switch to whole grain alternatives that release energy slowly.lose weight fast
  • Add protein to each meal. It slows down the rate your stomach processes food and delays the passage of the carbohydrates with it. As soon as you add a protein (be it animal or vegetable) to a carbohydrate, you change it into a slower releasing carbohydrate, that keeps your sugar levels at bay.
  • Eat essential fats. Long term dependency on low-fat products might mean that you’re consuming less saturated fat, but also that you deficient in the good fats – essential fatty acids, found in oily fish, nuts and seeds. They help to boost your metabolism so don’t forget to include them in your diet.
  • Don’t eat on the run. It tells your body that time is scarce, you are under pressure and stressed. Furthermore, your digestive system will be less efficient. Make a point of sitting down and eating your food as calmly, as possible.
  • Watch what you drink. Cut out all caffeine and sugary drinks and significantly lower your alcohol intake (abstain completely for a month if you can). If you can’t live without your cappuccino, make sure you don’t drink it on an empty stomach as it gets straight into the bloodstream and triggers cortisol release.
  • Exercise. If you have fat around the middle of your body, exercise MUST become one of your priorities. By simply making time for exercise in your life, you can control the potentially damaging fight or flight response.
  • Add magnesium. It calms the adrenal glands and helps to balance blood sugar by contributing to the production and action of insulin. If you’re low in magnesium, eat more leafy greens and nuts.

 

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