The biggest problem area for 95% of people trying to lose fat—is their stomach region. And for good reason, because its typically the last place it burns off…yikes!!
Not what you want to hear, I know…and it’s even more frustrating, if you exercise regularly and eat a pretty healthy diet. So what the heck can you do, to help get rid of your stubborn belly fat?
Eat more fat, get more rest and exercise less.
Yep…you heard it right.
One of the biggest reason why people that exercise and eat well, still suffer from excess stomach fat, is because they have too much cortisol in their body. And the best way to combat high cortisol is to include more omega 3 fatty acids in their diet.
Here are the best sources of food with high omega 3 fatty acids:
Wild Sockeye Salmon (much better than farm raised)
Eggs from pasture raised chickens
Although most nuts, some seeds and avocado have omega 3 fatty acids (anti-inflammatory), they’re also high in omega 6 fatty acids (pro-inflammatory) , so it’s best to consume these foods in moderation.
The other (perhaps more obvious) factor that increases your cortisol level in your body and hinders fat burning, is lack of quality sleep. During your sleep is when your body heals, your tissues regenerate and when you burn fat, so getting enough sleep is vital.
But keep in mind, that not all sleep is created equal. For instance getting 8 hours of sleep from 10 pm to 6 am is better than getting sleep from 12 am to 8 am. They’re both 8 hours, but getting to bed earlier produces higher quality of sleep. And it’s best to sleep in complete darkness without any ambient light. So to optimize your sleep and allow your body to optimally recover, try and get to sleep in complete darkness, between 10-11pm and wake up between 6-7 am.
Last, but certainly not least, is quality of exercise. If you’re used to exercising an hour or more a day, it’s best to cut your time in half or less. When it comes to fitness (and burning optimum amounts of fat) quality trumps over quantity every time. Short hard workouts using functional full-body exercise is best for burning fat. Although cardio is synonymous with fat burning, doing excessive long cardio sessions like running, biking or any other forms of cardio is not as effective and can increase your cortisol levels perpetuating a vicious cycle of fat retention.
Remember, exercise is (still) stress, so any form of exercise will increase your cortisol levels. But short intense exercise sessions have shown to decrease cortisol levels post workout, much more than doing long exercise sessions.
So there you have it…3 simple steps you can take (starting today) to help you finally burn off that stubborn stomach fat.**Please note that these recommendations are most effective when eating a diet high in healthy fats, low in carbohydrates (refined grains and sugars) and moderate amounts of protein . Eating this way will effectively re-program your body to optimally burn fat as your major fuel source (not carbs) and enable you to burn off stubborn body fat most effectively.
In Health and Fitness,
the diamond guru