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Happy Monday everyone, I hope you are having a blessed day so far.
How many of you watch Dr. Oz? Well, every once in a while, I catch an episode and today was one of those times. I was trying to give my overworked hands a break, I clicked on the TV and there he was, saying those words so many of us want/need to hear: Do you want to know how to get rid of your belly fat?
Well, I have kinda let myself break too many rules over the summer and find myself needing this advice if nothing else than a refresher on what I should be doing and not doing to get my belly flat. Especially since pretty soon I might find myself convalescing while recovering from one or more surgeries.
So here is what the expert on his show said are the 5 steps you can do to decrease your belly fat starting now:
- Cut out the sugar (We as a nation eat 152lbs of sugar per person per year!!!)
- Add a healthy fat to breakfast-choose between avocado, almonds, pumpkin seeds, grass-fed beef, or coconut oil added to your coffee with some grass-fed butter
- Add some fiber-rich pre-biotics-try plantains, lentils, artichokes or asparagus
- Set a carb window-as in no carbs after 2pm or something like that
- Go alcohol-free for 30 days (say what???) yep, gotta try it or at least cut way back (this will be tough for me, but most alcohol adds so much sugar to your diet)
Weigh yourself today and then again at the end of 30 day period after following the above steps and if you tried really hard, you should see the results.
If you can’t cut the sugar out completely, make a conscious effort to make healthy choices instead, like substitute an egg (any way you like it) with bacon for that sugar-laden cereal in the morning. (or one of the choices above). If you drink two drinks a day, cut down to one, then just 2-3 times a week until the cravings are gone. Do not eat after 8pm. If you have to, eat a healthy snack like a handful of raw almonds.
They said nothing about exercise, however, even if you can’t move around much, there are still isometric exercises you can do. Like while still in bed, tighten your abs and release. Over time, this will help strengthen your core muscles. I have been adding that to my morning stretches before I ever get out of bed.
Belly fat (especially in women) is dangerous and can lead to heart disease and diabetes, and some types of cancer like colon and pancreatic. Following a Paleo diet can also help, since cavemen ate only meat, roots, vegetables and fruits for the most part. Plus, they had to exercise to hunt their food. If we ate less processed foods, we would naturally eat less sugar, being sugar is in so many packaged and canned foods.
Makes total sense if you think about it.
I do for the most part, since I start my day with my oil pulling routine, followed by a cup of bullet-proof coffee. (after brushing my teeth of course) Where I have slipped up is the addition of alcohol over the summer, too much eating out (chips and salsa) and not as much exercise. Another thing I do is two or three times a week, before my coffee and after my oil pulling routine, I drink that fat-burning concoction I call ACV tea.
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar, 2 Tbs pure lemon juice (not from concentrate), a dash of Ceylon cinnamon, 1 packet. of Pyure sweetener in a 6oz cup of hot water. Normally the recipe calls for 2 Tbs of raw honey, but I don’t need the threat of possible Candida, so I sub the Pyure instead. (It’s just stevia)
For more information on today’s episode, go to Dr Oz episode 16 and watch it or pull it up on demand.
Additional source of info for this post was WebMD