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One of the most common concerns I hear from both male and female patients is that their once slim physique is now home to an ever expanding population of fat cells, especially around their abdominal area, which tends to be particularly stubborn to remove with age. The good news is that there are things you can do today to beat belly fat through the years.
Subdue Your Chronic Stress Hormone - Cortisol. Not only does excess cortisol, increase appetite and cravings, it causes abdominal fat even in people who are otherwise thin. It also causes loss of memory, muscle mass, libido and bone density. In other words, chronic stress makes us soft, flabby and much older than we truly are. If your blood sugar levels are on a rollercoaster 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 3-4 hour gap between meals or snacks. Use stress management techniques such as meditation and sufficient sleep. The herbal formula relora lowers cortisol, assists with abdominal fat, helps restore healthy sleep patterns. I recommend two pills in the evening before bed and one pill upon waking.
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 pre-menopausal 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 of harmful estrogen by increasing your fiber 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 a product called indole-3-carbinol or formula that provides the nutrients involved in the breakdown and elimination of estrogen such as magnesium, B complex, calcium d-glucarate, turmeric and green tea.
Master The In's and Out's 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 our diet, it is one of the main reasons why carbs fuel more belly fat, cravings or an incessant appetite as we age. The best way to decrease insulin along with your belly fat is to increase your healthy fat and protein intake while lowering your intake of all starchy carbohydrates (breads, grains, potatoes, rice, etc) and to enjoy a protein rich afternoon snack. For the complete four week menu plan to restore your insulin balance, visit The Supercharged Hormone Diet.
DR. NATASHA TURNER is North America's leading naturopathic doctor. She is founder of Clear Medicine Wellness Boutique and creator of the Clear Medicine professional line of supplements. Dr. Turner's first book, The Hormone Diet, became a #1 bestseller within one week of its release in the spring of 2009. Her second book, The Supercharged Hormone Diet, an accelerated 30 day plan to restore your metabolism and look younger longer, became a #1 national bestseller on its first day of release 2011. Her third and most anticipated book, The Carb Sensitivity Program: Discover Which Carbs Will Curb Your Cravings, Control Your Appetite and Banish Belly Fat, made the bestseller list the first day of its release in March 2012. Her work has been endorsed by New York Times Bestselling authors, Suzanne Somers, Dr. Christiane Northrup and Dr. William Davis.