People who are normal weight but carry extra fat around their belly have a higher risk of dying from heart disease than obese people, a new study suggests. The findings add to a growing body of research that so-called visceral fat, or fat around the organs of the abdomen, is particularly bad for health. Participants were divided into six groups based on which of the three BMI groups they fell into, and whether they had a normal or high waist-to-hip ratio. Participants with normal BMI but a high waist-to-hip ratio had the risk of dying of cardiovascular disease, and the highest risk of dying from any causes among the six groups.
I opened by saying that losing belly fat is no easy task if you’re metabolically broken. Hormones are chemical messengers that communicate information throughout your body and literally direct your metabolism.
What your hormones are doing will determine whether you can easily reduce caloric intake and feel good or turn into a mindless zombie with one objective… To eat.
The big player in the storage of fat around your midsection is a hormone that you and I both know and love… let’s give it up for our friend insulin! The biggest insight here is that this glucose is potential belly fat if not handled by insulin properly. Your muscle cells are significantly more insulin sensitive than your fat cells (this is a GREAT thing if you know what to do with it). The other component of knowing EXACTLY what you’re dealing with when we talk about belly fat is the type of fat that it is.
Subcutaneous fat is the fat just beneath your skin that you can easily grasp with your hand.
Visceral fat lies deep within the abdominal cavity where it essentially becomes a big padding in the spaces between our abdominal organs.
The issue is not that it just looks unattractive, but all of this visceral fat actually starts working like a brand new bodily organ! For example, the extra belly fat produces more of a hormone called leptin (your body’s satiety hormone). And if that isn’t enough, this belly fat pumps out immune system chemicals called cytokines which create systemic inflammation causing you to be puffy, bloated, and radically increasing your risk for cardiovascular disease. Having this extra belly fat is truly is a vicious circle, and the more you have of it, the more it wants to stick around. Eat lower glycemic index (GI) foods as a general rule, and combine higher GI foods with lower ones to lower their net impact on your body. In The Fat Loss Code I help you to uncover the right nutrition plan for YOUR body type and match up your nutrition with your exercise to make sure that the muscle cells are getting the sugar storage and not the fat cells. The funny thing is, most unsuccessful people trying to get rid of their belly fat believe that doing more cardio is the key. You want to start looking at exercise as a means of getting the hormonal shift you want, instead of trying to burn more calories.
You’ve got to make sure that your digestive tract is clean, clear, and efficient (especially your colon).
The majority of people in our modern world have impacted waste material in their digestive tract.
If you’ve spent anytime at all in your life consuming low quality foods with preservatives, artificial ingredients, and other gnarly stuff routinely put in our food supply, then you definitely need to take some time to clean house.
An intelligent cleanse must eliminate hormonal clogs, clear the body’s major eliminatory channels (kidneys, colon, skin, lungs, and the liver), and deeply fortify the cells with nutrition. Again, if you just haphazardly cut calories then you’ll slow your metabolism long-term, and set yourself up for failure. Your most significant hormone secretions that help keep you fit, vibrant, and youthful also happen during different levels of sleep. The research shows that stress can add to your belly fat problem in several different ways.
We live in a world of heightened stress today that our ancestors never had to deal with: radiation, air pollution, electromagnetic fields, excessive work hours, countless hours spent sitting, internal inflammation due to poor food quality, and the list goes on and on.
Then you throw the wrong kind of exercise on top of that, and you’re looking at the straw that broke the camels back.
As a matter of fact, the research shows that sitting too much may be even worse for your health than smoking. The bottom line is, sitting too much is one of those overlooked things that decreases your insulin sensitivity, and thus makes you store more fat around your waistline. Alright, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way let me share with you the best exercises for abdominal fat loss. These movements typically involve your core indirectly, allowing you to stimulate the muscles from multiple angles (as a bonus).
My goal is for YOU to become the expert on your body, and for YOU to no longer be dependent on someone else to help you get the results you want.
Hi Shawn, I really appreciate what you do here and at last feel confident that someone knows what they’re talking about when it comes to weight loss etc. My first recommendation is likely the toughest, which is to consider taking out the lap band. Secondly, and most importantly for you to get the results you want (and retain them LONG-TERM), is to get yourself in the environment of health, beauty, love, and empowerment. Cut off the messages, shows, and disempowering stuff that’s been training your brain, and IMMERSE yourself in the things that keep you inspired, equipped, and focused. How heavy enough does the weight need to be for a woman who’s 106 lbs and 5’2 to make a difference? Back squats, for example, you might start with 3 sets of 5 reps (again, the 5th rep should be really challenging). The purpose of the Peak 8 (as he advocates it) is to burn through all of your glycogen stores and then don’t replenish so your body can break down and use fatty acids. Curious about your views on supplements in addition to the tips you provide above as a way to maximize results! Shawn Stevenson is a bestselling author and creator of The Model Health Show, featured as the #1 Nutrition and Fitness podcast on iTunes. Depending on the runner's metabolism, a one-hour jogging workout can burn up to 1,000 calories. There is no miracle cure that will help one lose tummy fat, mostly due to the fact that the stomach is one of the most obstinate fat holdouts for many people. The most important factor in helping one lose tummy fat is regular cardiovascular exercise. Generally, one must work up to peak heart rate, and one should check with a doctor regarding what one’s peak should be. Using a weight machine, or participating in Pilates 2-3 times a week may be more effective. Significant stress that seems to occur without outside stressors may suggest one is suffering from chemical imbalances. It is easy to lose weight, but some people lose weight in different areas first or last when dieting.
Oh and most importantly, embrace and love yourself first, then taking good, healthy care of your body will be natural, and looking good will be a result of that love and good care. I'm 27 with a nice shape but my stomach is the biggest thing on my body and I can't get it to go away.
The first thing to understand is there are really two types of belly fat, visceral belly fat and subcutaneous belly fat. Belly fat is stored when the combination of excess calories meets the hormonal influence of cortisol and insulin.
The single biggest influence over the levels of insulin in your body comes from the amount of starchy and sweet foods you eat. What many people don’t realize is that cortisol is a schizophrenic hormone when it comes to fat loss. Insulin activity shuts down any fat releasing activity of other hormones like cortisol and therefore accentuates the negative fat storing effects. The fix lies in replacing the sugar and starch with fiber and raising the protein while normalizing the fat. For exercise, don’t throw away your running shoes, but make your dominant form of activity fast paced metabolically demanding weight training. Saturday- Now you can run, with all the other stuff you did during the week it may help instead of hurt your chances at a 6 pack. Finally, and this is the most important thing and the thing no one ever wants to listen to, you can’t do this with exercise alone.


Too often people are spinning their wheels trying to change up their exercise program in an attempt to get rid of the belly fat, when in reality it is the diet program that needs to be manipulated, changed, and experimented with the most. Integrative Physician, Author The Metabolic Effect Diet, Founder CEO Metabolic Effect Inc., Health, Fitness and fat loss expert.
The amount of weight they carried around their waist was determined by their waist-to-hip ratio.
Men whose waist measurement was 90 percent or more of their hip measurement were considered to have a high hip-to-waist ratio. Millions of people every year fail at losing belly fat and blame themselves, their programs, and even other people. Most people jump the gun and want to know HOW to do something, without knowing the WHAT first. This is because the #1 culprit behind the extra fat storage around the midsection has nothing to do with crunches, but EVERYTHING to do with hormones. Any breakdown in function here, or misfiring by your hormones, can spell DISASTER for your waistline. You need it to build muscle (your body’s fat-burning machinery), yet it will also encourage your body to store more of the jiggly stuff if you use it the wrong way.
Insulin is able to signal your cells to open up and receive the glucose (sugar) that’s floating around in your bloodstream. It’s been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and numerous metabolic disturbances.
This will cause a down-regulation in your leptin sensitivity, which will actually make you want to eat MORE food even though you’re storing fat like crazy. It’s about doing things that work, in an intelligent way that helps you to keep the results long-term. Your hormones will, and always will, determine how many calories your body burns, stores, or ignores.
If you’re going to get the hormonal response you want to burn belly fat, then you need to put a load on your body that FORCES your body to secrete those hormones. Most guys get this pretty easily, but a lot of women need a little convincing because of misconceptions they’ve picked up along the way. You need to eat lots and lots of foods that contain high amounts of mirconutrients (vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes, etc). But now, it’s become such an overused and misleading term that people have no clear idea what it means. If you need to, read that sentence again, because it’s hugely important and commonly looked over.
So many people make the mistake of sacrificing their sleep to workout, unaware that they are like Sisyphus pushing the boulder uphill, only to have it roll back down again.
The smoking gun is the higher concentration of the stress hormone cortisol in your system when you’re in a chronically stressed state. I don’t want them to get seduced by doing fancy abdominal exercises and waste their time doing things that only get a fraction of the results. So squats, deadlifts, push ups, pull ups, lunges, overhead press, and variations of these foundational exercises are essential. The kingpin of vacuuming exercises is the static hold (or plank) IF you’re doing them properly. What good is having knowledge that can help somebody if you don’t share it wholeheartedly? With information like what you have here in this article and in The Fat Loss Code you can be able to, not only help yourself, but be an example and teacher to the people in your life.
If you have anything you’d like to add or share, or any questions at all, please leave them in the comments sections below. I have a pretty good idea about nutritional content and natural remedies for body problems, but am unsure about combining and timing for optimum results. By you being able to be coherent and conscientious about your works point (NOT weak points), that’s proof positive that you are psychologically capable of making changes. After tough weight training you do not want to sacrifice your muscle development for the sake of burning a little more fat short term. It’s a book called Convict Condition and the author makes some really good and valid points in favour of bodyweight training over free weight. The more I listen to your knowledge the more I am coming to the realization that the diets you suggest point towards protein heavy and low carb diets.
I checked my BMI and it said I'm at a normal weight range, so I don't really want to lose anymore weight in case I become underweight. Work hard enough to sweat and it should be so difficult that you can't hold a conversation easily. It is a naturally based botanical wrap you have on for 45 minutes and it helps to tighten, tone and firm areas such as the tummy, thighs, buttocks, back and even arms.
Weight training is important as well, but cardio and nutrition deliver the fastest results. They are not active enough and are sitting at school all day then come home and sit at a computer.
Many people have heard it is all about hormones and others believe it is all about calories. This is because being deeper in the body it has a greater blood supply and is more sensitive to the fat burning catecholamines than is subcutaneous fat. This is important to understand because those losing weight who take a purely caloric approach may find that the fat around their belly seems to burn off at a much slower rate or lag behind all together.
The biggest influence over cortisol has to do with stress levels which are probably most directly related to sleep quantity and quality.
It increases fat storage due to the actions it has on the major fat storing enzyme called lipoprotein lipase (LPL).
The foods with the highest ratio of fiber relative to starch are vegetables (can you say 9 or more servings a day?). While your doctor knows drugs, he or she was not trained in nutrition or exercise so you will have to trust us on this one.  Weight training done the right way is better at burning fat, great for the heart, and keeps you from the number one killer today which is frailty. If you don’t want to do this, that is fine, but just be honest with yourself and admit your nightly sitcom is more important than the six pack you say you want. You could be doing all of the exercise stuff just right and not lose weight or belly fat and perhaps even gain it because DIET IS THE MOST CRUCIAL ELEMENT IN BODY CHANGE AND FAT LOSS.
If you are not getting results in fat loss, then no matter how good you are eating, it is not good enough for you, and you are going to have to take it to the next level. The same was true of women; those with waists that were 85 percent of their hip size were classified as having a high hip-to-waist ratio. Insulin regulates how much glucose gets allocated where in your body (fat cells, muscles cells, or your liver). This is your golden opportunity to have insulin partition the sweets you eat to your muscles and not your fat cells. Research shows that doing traditional, long duration cardio actually down-regulates thyroid function making you LESS efficient at burning calories. If you focus on getting a positive hormonal response through exercise, then you are setting yourself up to burn more fat automatically. The women you see on the covers of fitness magazines looking tone, fit, and petite, they’re definitely lifting heavy weights. This is one of the most effective tools in long-term fat loss that will keep you from going crazy. These critical nutrients will help the hormonal signaling in your body like nothing else can.
So guess what, you’re hungry again an hour later and looking for ANOTHER quick source of calories to satisfy you. Visceral fat isn’t the only thing that will have your belly poking out and entering the room before you do. And just because someone has a bowel movement everyday does not mean that they are properly eliminating their food. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism showed startling evidence that just one night of sleep deprivation can make you as insulin resistant as a type-2 diabetic. Adjust your schedule to get your sleep in AND exercise because there’s always a way to make it happen.
Cortisol can hurt you many ways: It can breakdown your valuable lean muscle and use it for energy (a process called glyconeogenesis), it can directly cause increased fat storage, and it can down-regulate certain fat burning hormones that you really need. If you don’t know what you’re doing, for goodness sake, just get some assistance!


So unlike other programs that complicate things and withhold information, I share everything I have in The Fat Loss Code, and break even the most complex ideas down into easy, digestible things that you can use.
We can reach so many more people to help spread the message of health and wellness if we all work together… and that just excites me to my core!
I also appreciate you sharing your challenge (because that in itself can take a lot of courage).
By re-feeding your muscles you’re going to build more lean mass and fortify your metabolism LONG-term. Are you able to receive the same hormonal benefits from body weight training as from free weight training? This is rather difficult on a vegan diet as there is more of a balance of carbs to proteins in the protein rich foods. Louis with a background in biology and kinesiology, Shawn went on to be the founder of Advanced Integrative Health Alliance, a successful company that provides Wellness Services for both individuals and organizations worldwide. But I have almost no muscle and rarely exercise, so if I exercise more, will it maybe turn my belly fat (where most of my body fat has accumulated) into toned muscle?
The most lean athletes such as body builders have learned to fine tune their diet so their excess body fat is reduced to less than 12 percent. You can’t pinch it, and those who have a lot of it can have abdominal muscles that feel tight and ridged despite the bulging protrusion. But ironically, it also speeds fat burning by stimulating the major fat releasing enzyme hormone sensitive lipase (HSL). Protein (P) and vegetables (V)  add a high powered hunger suppressing punch with little insulin production. By the way, if you think beans, corn, and potatoes are vegetables, that is part of the problem. If you want change, you have to make change and that change may be much more drastic than you have ever considered. You’ve got to make it a priority to manage insulin like a major league coach manages his players. For the majority of the other meals you eat, keep your fundamentally sound players in the game by focusing on protein, healthy fat, and carbs mainly in the form of non-starchy vegetables.
The women you see that are built like the Incredible Hulk, with nothing to differentiate them from guys (except their breast implants) they’re definitely taking male hormones. If you haphazardly cut calories, then your metabolism will respond by slowing down and conserving more energy. You’re body is going to keep making you want to eat until it gets the raw materials it needs to rebuild you. Having undigested and poorly processed waste in your digestive tract can create an epic distended belly too. The results may be temporary, but having this happen consistently will set you up for full-blown diabetes, obesity, and even early death. I’ve tried EVERYTHING but fall off the wagon usually by the weekend – what are your thoughts on subliminal messages? This weight loss process is not about the weight you lose itself, it’s about the person you become in the process of making it happen. I do a high intensity Interval workout 2 times a week,Lift weights 3 times a week, Zumba 3 times a week, foundational training 4 times a week,mini trampoline everyday for short times.
It’s proven that more of the glycogen is going to get shuttled to your muscle cells to restore liver glycogen and NOT get stored as fat (versus if you ate them at other times). Shawn is also a dynamic keynote speaker who has spoken for TEDx, universities, and numerous organizations with outstanding reviews. Even my doctor has told me some stuff to try, like my fitness pal, and those kinds of things, but nothing works!
If you are slender but your belly is bloating, you might be having an allergic response to a food that you are eating, so talk to a nutritionist or holistic doctor. The point is to get yourself sweating, and get your heart rate up to a comfortable point, where you're pushing yourself, but you aren't throwing up. The first time I used this wrap I had reached a plateau with my exercising and tried this to get rid of my 'baby flap' belly and I lost five and a half 2 inches over 72 hours.
Subcutaneous belly fat is above the abdominal muscles and can be pinched.  This is the stuff that hangs over the belt. Don’t take structured rests, instead push until you can’t and rest until you can (what we call rest-based training).
Your metabolic formula is different from everyone else, and you need to stop being the dieter and start being the fat loss detective. To put it simply, you can eat your way to being fat, but you can also stress your way to being fat. Not only does it increase your likelihood of lower back pain, muscle loss, and obesity, the data also showed that sitting on your butt too much drastically increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and early death. Because muscle is your body’s fat burning machinery, and the more muscles that get involved, the more metabolic output you can potentially get. It’s about YOU becoming the best version of YOU, not gaming the system and settling for less. My forearm has been injured for a long time now so I can only hold on to the weights to do squats, lunges, calf raises and shoulder shrugs. Additionally, I have always had concern for the ketogenic state and am of the opinion that this is an emergency state within the body as we are meant to consume carbs (natural state, not refined) and therefor it is super hard on the body and if done, only a short period of time. This time I decided to lose weight by doing what I could and would do for the rest of my life.
Between the wrap and the daily supplements they offer, I have lost about 17 pounds since March of this year.
The problem with this is, it is not healthy to have such a low body fat percentage, especially for women. In other words, while fat supplies calories by itself, it has little to no impact on insulin production.
Sleep (Sl) magnifies this effect by lowering cortisol and increasing human growth hormone (HGH), a fat burning and muscle building hormone. The number one form of activity is sitting on the couch, and when we are active, we use an inferior method of weight control by choosing jogging over sprinting or weight training.
We all need to look at ourselves and realize while we may be comfortable with our current diet practices and be convinced it is enough, it simply may not be. If there is an area that you want to get to that you haven’t been before, then intelligent guidance can save you years of struggle and failure. I use 2 10lb weights for the squats and lunges and 2 15lb weights for the dead lift, shrugs and calf raises. My friends think I'm lame for being way overweight, my mom hates me, my dad works me to the bone, my brothers abuse me (and make me do their chores). The products are amazing, all natural and completely safe for people with several ailments. But when fat is added to sugar and starch (think doughnuts, French fries, pizza and burgers) you get a huge fat storing atomic bomb of insulin release. Throw in intense exercise (IE) that favors weight training and interval training (more HGH and testosterone= more belly fat burning) over long duration cardio (more cortisol) and you start seeing the butter drip off. Cheese & yogurts, while high in protein, can add to the fat and sugar burden so a six pack diet uses dairy foods in small amounts only. The point of your nutrition practices where you start seeing losses in belly fat is the point where you start seeing results, NOT the place you are comfortable with. Soon your lifestyle will be filled with healthy habits that will naturally lead you to a healthy body. Insulin and fat also independently raise another fat storing hormone called ASP (acylation stimulating protein).
And when they are combined, they drastically enhance another fat storing hormone called GIP (glucose dependent insulinotrophic peptide). Add stress (St) on top of this and the impact is multiplied further forcing excess calories around the belly.



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