How To Shed That Belly Fat

Posted on July 2, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , |

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Thanks go to Nito for this question:

First of all it’s a good idea to understand why people have trouble shedding belly fat. The fat or ‘adipose tissue’ we carry around our belly is called WAT or White Adipose Tissue and this kind of tissue is resistant to change. It is fed by carbohydrates, especially the starchy carbs like, WHITE STUFF: bread, pasta, rice, fries, cakes, biscuits, cookies, basically anything made of white flour or sugar.

If you read through my posts you will find references to insulin resistance, and having belly fat that is resistant to weight loss techniques is one of the signs of Insulin Resistance. So how to get rid of it?

First of all this will require a lifestyle change, not a diet!

I have written two downloadable books on this; The 1st is, “Sick, Tired and Overweight” an explanation of the Metabolic Syndromes and how they can affect your life and the answers (my research was greatly helped by my friends who are in a University based research program and have access to the most cutting edge information on these modern day diseases. The 2nd is, “A Rainbow on My Plate” the information you need to lose the weight and reclaim your health, this is an explanation of the whole lifestyle change: what to eat, what to avoid and what to do, I’ve even thrown in some recipes and some menu ideas.

Simply put: eat mainly fresh vegetables and fruit, protein and good oils, limit your starchy carbs to wholegrains and keep them low on your list. Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes.

To lose belly fat requires a slightly different approach and realise that it will come off last as it is the most resistant. I give an entire explanation of WAT in my book, “Sick, Tired & Overweight.” However once you have a Metabolic Syndrome it will require a lifestyle change, this means this is not a diet that you can stop, it is your lifestyle for the rest of your life!

Next Post: will be some AB toning specifics.

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When is Body Fat Not Fattening? When it’s Brown

Posted on May 15, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss | Tags: , , |

This amazing study has found that not all body fat is created equal, for years we have known that there is WAT or white adipose tissue and BAT brown adipose tissue in our bodies but is only recently that medical researchers are finding out why. It seems that WAT, the fat or adipose tissue that gathers more often on our tummies is tough to get rid of, and don’t we know it!

But, the brown fat is actually FAT-BURNING FAT! Yes you have read this right. Fat that helps you to burn fat!

Now researcher are really excited to announce that they just might have found the protein that turns WAT into BAT, which means wonderful things for all those people out there like me, who have had four children, and have a slow thyroid, and insulin resistance. No matter how fit I am, I have a tummy, now maybe if these researchers can isolate and learn how to use this protein, we might lose the tummy forever!

The Harvard Medical School study appears in the journal Cell Metabolism.

“The surprising thing was that it wasn’t where the fat was located, it was the kind of fat that was the most important variable. (Professor Ronald Khan Harvard Medical School 0

The researchers, who worked on mice, transplanted fat from one part of the animals’ body to the other.

When subcutaneous fat was moved to the abdominal area, there was a decrease in body weight, fat mass, and blood sugar levels.

The animals also became more responsive to the hormone insulin, which controls the way the body uses sugar. A lack of response to insulin is often the first stage on the path to type 2 diabetes.

In contrast, moving abdominal visceral fat to other parts of the body had no effect.

Lead researcher Professor Ronald Khan said: “The surprising thing was that it wasn’t where the fat was located, it was the kind of fat that was the most important variable.

“Even more surprising, it wasn’t that abdominal fat was exerting negative effects, but that subcutaneous fat was producing a good effect.”

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