Cat and Chez met at their gym this afternoon, since
they were both taking the six o’clock aerobics class.
They warmed up in the jogging machines for a
while, then entered the room waiting for their
trainer to start the class.
It was an extremely enjoyable routine for fifty
uninterrupted minutes, after which they went
next door to the cafe for a drink and a chat.
“ I’m still very concerned about this bulge in my
abdomen; I’ve already limited my calories, and
as you know, I’m exercising every day.
But to no avail — it still persists “,
Cat said feeling distressed.
“ I don’t feel good in my body or in my clothes;
and I don’t know what to wear, especially in the
summer, to cover up this growth in front of me “
she continued almost in tears.
“ I know exactly what you mean; it’s very difficult
to lose belly fat — I’ve been fighting against this
upsetting problem myself for many years now “
Chez replied in a sad tone.
Lower body fat is a considerable worry for most
Everybody wants to feel comfortable, attractive
and relaxed in their clothes.
Unfortunately, this abdominal fat is really stubborn,
and it will still stay there even if you diet and
This dangerous fat is connected with a number of
health problems, and it really is worse than just
being generally overweight.
So you do need to take all necessary steps to regulate
it and keep it under control.
Obviously it is not easy to eliminate this fat, so you must
be very willing, absolutely determined and completely
persistent to undertake solid permanent lifestyle changes.
A small amount of belly fat is good for you to protect
your lower internal organs.
But if it becomes a lot it is not healthy any more.
Apart from being overweight in general due to
over-eating and muscle loss, the most common causes
of stubborn abdominal fat are the following:
a) Adrenal Imbalance
When you are constantly stressed your adrenal glands
keep on releasing excess cortisol and adrenaline,
causing serious hormonal imbalances in your body.
As a consequence, it starts accumulating surplus of
fat in the abdominal area.
Manage your stress levels by avoiding or minimising
all stressors in your life.
Also use meditation, deep breathing, herbs and nature
walks to reduce your cortisol levels.
b) Oestrogen dominance
Excess oestrogen in your body encourages storage
of fat in the abdominal area.
Accumulation of this female hormone is encouraged
by eating conventionally raised meats and their
products as well as fish.
Also there is another contribution by the
environmental toxins and poisons.
The only thing you can do to avoid oestrogen
overload is to avoid all the above mentioned
harmful items in your everyday life.
During the climacteric years the female hormones
fluctuate a lot, and as a result the body stores
fat in the abdomen to balance these changes.
Manage your menopause status by reading detailed
advice in my earlier post Vicissitude!.
d) Insulin Resistance
If you follow an unhealthy diet , eventually your
body will be unable to respond properly to insulin
The final result will be that the excess blood sugar
will be converted to fat and stored in your
Eliminate all processed carbohydrates from your
diet, and eat only pure whole foods.
Also eat healthy fats, vegetables, fruits, organic
meats and wild sea foods.
Here are some more tools for you to help you
lose some abdominal fat:
1) Exercise to build and maintain muscle tissue.
Adopt the simplest of the exercises, which is Walking.
Walk every day at a moderate pace for thirty ( 30 )
Keep on moving and standing the rest of day.
2) Sleep for seven ( 7 ) hours every night, including
This will keep you relaxed and burn fat in the body.
3) Boost and support your gastrointestinal microbiota
to help you digest and absorb your foods better.
Eat fibrous foods and take a high quality probiotic
supplement, every other day.
Believe in yourself.