Watch your stress levels
Struggling with belly fat? Stress could be to blame, says, a health coach who helps women stop dieting. “Stress actually triggers the production of cortisol, which increases blood sugar,” she says. “An increase in blood sugar over a long time causes fat to be stored in our belly, one of the most problematic areas for women. When you learn to deal with stress better, you don’t need diets to get rid of our stubborn fat.” Don’t miss these other.
Don’t obsess over weight loss
Once your mind is in a healthy place, your body is sure to follow, says registered dietitian nutritionist Rebecca Scritchfield, author of Body Kindness. “Put energy into other hobbies, interests, and pursuits that give life more meaning. When we are so focused on self-improvement, we simply don’t put effort into living in the here and now. We can gain so much from letting go of the notion that our body need to be fixed.”
Real advice that works
Have you tried diets, workout plans, calorie calculators-even natural health products or pills to lose weight? If so, you’re not alone. A whopping 80 percent of Canadian women want to lose weight loss and 58 percent feel pressure to be thin or shed pounds, according to a recent Ipsos Reid survey sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada. And with good reason: we know excess pounds can raise our risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and more. A scientific analysis published in a February 2008 issue of Lancet, for instance, linked excess body weight to 20 different types of cancer, including endometrial and gallbladder cancers. Fortunately, winning the battle of the bulge may be easier than you think. Just take it one meal at a time, with these research-tested tips in hand.
Drop the salt shaker
University of Helsinki researchers speculate that the increase in salt intake in the U.S.- a rise of approximately 55 percent from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s-may be behind the North American obesity trend. Their rationale: salt-induced thirst leads us to quaff down more sweetened beverages. Slake that dry throat with water or unsweetened drinks and go easy on the salt instead.
Self-care is crucial for mental and physical well-being. Studies have found that a more psychological approach for weight loss can successfully end periods losing and regaining weight. “This may include getting enough rest, scheduling downtime, making time for family and friends, or spending alone time on an enjoyable activity,” says registered dietitian Samantha Lewandowski of Big Picture Nutrition. “This may also include saying ‘no’ to commitments or activities that would be draining rather than energizing.”
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