One of the most common questions we get is how to lose fat from belly, thighs andbutts (for sake of convenience, we will call it as belly fat). Belly fat is the mostdangerous type of fat – besides aesthetics, large waist lines are indicators of -disease, disease and disease.
It takes more than just crunches to lose belly fat! Infact, crunches will not help youat all to burn belly fat!! Surprised! The answer to losing belly fat lies in hormones.As problem areas exist mostly because of hormones. In fact, certain hormonallevels heavily influence the places you store fat the easiest and from which it is thehardest to lose fat.
As an example, if you store fat mostly in the belly, then chances are you havecortisol. If you store a lot of fat in your love handles, this I because of insulinmanagement. Finally, if you mostly store fat in your lower body—your hips andthighs— then it’s because of your estrogen levels. The legs, mainly the thighs, havea large number of estrogen receptors and can lead to fat storage around the thighs,hips and bum.
Unless you control your hormones well, you will not lose flab from specific areas.You might lose a lot of weight but you might continue having a heavy thighs if yourestrogen levels are not under control.
Well, Truweight addresses ALL OF THOSE issues! Not only will the program burnoverall fat, but it will also help in burning fat from specific areas.
Tips to Burn Fat.
- 1. Sleep (for tummy fat).
If you want to work late at night, think again.When your biorhythms are off, you end upeating more. When you’re tired you produce more ghrelin, which triggers cravings for sugar and other fat-building foods. Losing sleep can also alter your hormone production, affecting your cortisol levels that cause insulin sensitivity, prime reasons for belly fat! Getting about 7 hours of sleep a night is one of the best things you can do for your body shaping goals.
2. Short bursts of exercises (for tummy, thighs and hips).
1000 crunches a night may get you strongabdominal muscles, but with a layer of fat ontop, you will not get the results you reallywant. Instead of all those crunches, doexercises that engage multiple muscle groupsand work your cardiovascular system. Tryplanking, where you hold yourself in a push-up position, resting your forearms on theground. Try 3 or 4 sets of holding for 30seconds each. Getting up and movingthroughout the day by going for walks willalso help. Remember key is to do full bodyworkout and short bursts of workout (circuittraining, interval training) is best for weightloss. Circuit training is found to be muchmore effective than traditional cardio forburning fat from all over the body.
3. Remove or reduce Refined grains/Sugar (for love handles, thighs and hips).
Fighting belly fat is 80% healthy diet. Consumption of sugar is directly related to
insulin production in body and more insulin
is responsible for love handles. So, more
sugar, more insulin, and more fat around love
handles. Sugars also convert testosterone
(yes ladies you do have some) into estradiol
(the fat storing estrogen) thereby increasing
lower body fat.
4. Vitamin C (for tummy fat).
When you’re under extreme stress, you secrete more cortisol hormone. Vitamin C helps balance the cortisol spikes that happen to you under this stress. Besides being a good way to counteract a cold, Vitamin C is also essential for making carnitine, a compound used by the body to turn fat into fuel, making this vitamin your fat burning friend. If you’re going through an emotional crisis, stress from work, or a bad eating splurge, increase your vitamin C – it’ll help counteract the negative side effects. Try bell peppers, amla, orange or kiwi fruits. Chia seeds is another wonder food which has more
Vitamin C than oranges, plus tons of other benefits.
5. Keep 3 hours between dinner and bed time (for belly, tummy, thighs).
Try not to have late night snacks. The main problem with late night snacking is that there is not much activity done afterwards. People go straight to bed right after the late night meal because they are tired. So, this will cause high sugar levels in the blood stream and no energy spent after that. The excess
sugar will just turn into belly fat very quickly.
6. Drink Less Alcohol (belly fat).
Decrease alcohol consumption. If you drink a lot, you will accumulate fat around your waist. Excess alcohol consumption can really give you a belly. Have you seen people who are slim all over but have a beer belly sticking out? Well, that is the effect of excessive alcohol consumption. Alcohol does not contain any nutrients at all. So, all the energy consumed through alcohol will be stored as belly fat! If you want to lose weight. fast then you need to stop drinking for a while. You do not need to give up alcohol completely, but just drink in moderation. Do not drink everyday and limit yourself to just one glass of wine or one bottle of beer every week.
7. Avoid Soy (For thighs & hips).
Soy is higher in photo estrogens than just about any other food source. Photo estrogens are plant-based estrogens that mimic
estrogen in our bodies. Independent research has clearly shown that consuming phytoestrogens is downright dangerous for the human body. Apart from weight gain in thighs & hips, it causes lot of other diseases like cancer.
Some other quick tips to control yourestrogen levels are:
- Increase consumption of one-two glasses
- Consume Omega 3 Fish Oil
- Avoid Birth Control Pills
- Go Organic
- Drink Green Tea
Losing weight is not an overnight result so, eat well, sleep well and exercise and you are guaranteed to lose the excess!