Beat belly fat By Natasha Turner ONE OF THE MOST common concerns I hear from both male and female patients is that heir once slim physique is now home to an ever-expanding population of fat cells, especially around the abdominal area, which tends
to be particularly stubborn to remove with age.
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increase appetite and cravings, it causes
abdominal fat even in people who are otherwise thin. It also leads to a loss of memory,
muscle mass, libido and even bone density. In
other words, chronic stress makes us soft,
flabby and much older than we truly are.
of harmful estrogen by increasing your fibre
intake (to 35 grams per day) and supplementing daily with a probiotic to replace healthy
bacterial balance in the gut, which is essential
for supporting belly-fat loss.
You may also consider indole-3-carbinol
or a formula that provides the nutrients
involved in the breakdown and elimination of
estrogen, such as magnesium, B complex vitamins and calcium D-glucarate.
Easy steps to battle the bulge
■ If your blood sugar levels are on a
roller coaster all day, you can bet your cortisol
is as well. You can reduce the stress associated
with blood sugar imbalance by eating a high-protein breakfast within one hour of rising
and avoiding more than a three- to four-hour
gap between meals or snacks. Also, use stress-management techniques such as meditation
and sufficient sleep.
■ Eliminate excess estrogen. In both
men and women, excess estrogen is associated
with water retention, poor libido, difficulty in
losing belly fat, weight gain around the hips in
premenopausal women or in the breast and
abdomen area in both men and postmenopausal women. If any of these symptoms are
an issue, you need to increase the elimination
■ Master the ins and outs of insulin.
Insulin is the only hormone that instructs
the body to store energy as fat. Released
mostly in response to the sugar and carbohydrates in your diet, it is one of the main
reasons carbs fuel more belly fat, cravings or
an incessant appetite as you age. The best
way to decrease insulin along with your
waistline is to increase your healthy fat and
protein intake while lowering your consumption of starchy carbohydrates (breads,
grains, potatoes, rice, etc).
For example, instead of cereal for breakfast, opt for a smoothie with whey protein
isolate, berries, ground flaxseeds and almond
butter. Not only will you have more energy
and stable blood sugar levels, you will also
notice a reduction in body fat. C
The good news is that there are things you can
do today to beat belly fat through the years.
The Costco Connection
■ Subdue your chronic stress hormone—cortisol. Not only does excess cortisol
The Supercharged Hormone Diet by Natasha
Turner is available in most warehouses.
Natasha Turner, N.D. (
com), is a Costco member, author and the
founder of Clear Medicine Wellness Boutique.
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