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The 3 Main Culprits of Belly Fat!

Post baby:

What’s Beyond your Control:

When baby was born: ideally, you want to get the weight off within 6 months. If you are past that point, then every day counts as your body will get more and more comfortable at the "new normal" weight and the increased amout of belly fat

Complications durning pregnancy: 
If you had a c-section, your muscles were cut. If you had to be on bed rest, odds are you gained more weight than you would have. Given both of those events are over, like the answer to the question above, you really have to get serious about your plan or that belly fat will hang on and be harder to lose.

Sleeping habits: 
Sleep deprivation adversely effects two hormones, leptin and ghrelin. Both lead to weight gain. Plus, when you are sleep deprived, your willpower is diminished. So are your energy levels. Sleep deprivation also causes the stress hormone response which tells your body to store belly fat.

What’s in your control:

breast feeding:  breast feeding helps to burn more calories, and shrink your uterus, but it can also make weight loss more difficult if you have to always be close to the baby. I recommend you express some milk as that speeds up feeding or allows someone else to help you out. You can diet when breast feeding, but it should never be extreme. If you aim for 1-2 pounds a week, that is totally fine and shouldn't reduce milk supply but will reduce that stubborn belly fat.

Most likely you are not back to pre-pregnancy eating, which you should. Since you have the history of doing it well in the past, just repeat those old routines. Up the fruits, vegetables and protein as they will keep you full longer when trying to reduce calories. Also drink a ton of water as a well hydrated body turn on fat burners while a dehydrated body shuts them down.

Medical factor:

What’s Beyond your Control:

Take your meds, as prescribed and don’t self-medicate or change dosage.

Family medical history: 
Sometimes there is a genetic predisposition to certain issues that cause belly fat, such as low thyroid. That should be checked and a full panel, not a partial panel, should be run by your physician.

What’s in your Control:

Consulting your dr.:
the most important responsibility you have is to get the data. Without consulting a physician, who will run the necessary tests, you don't have the data. If you have belly fat that is not coming off, regardless of your eating, exercise and sleep, then there may be an underlying issue.

Changing your Lifestyle: 
I find that doctors are pressed for time so they want to get you in and out with as little discussion as possible. Odds are, you have to take this situation into your own hands. And if they do make a recommendation, it's usually simply a bandaid and not a solution to the underlying problem.

Trying Alternative Medicine: 
Alternative medicine can come through the foods you choose. Whole wheat and whole grain carbohydrates do help to reduce belly fat vs. The simple, white carbs. You may try deep breathing, which reduces stress hormones which cause belly fat to accumulate. Massage, yoga or thai chi may help as well. All of these fall under the category of alternative medicine. Chinese herbs may reduce inflammation, which will reduce belly fat. Acupuncture also falls into this category to reduce stress, reduce craving and help to shed belly fat.

Stressful lifestyle:

What’s Beyond your Control:

An event that triggers stress: 

If there is one, then you need to figure out a way get over the trauma. Talk therapy and hypnosis can all help.

Stress that escalates: 
Odds are, if you are not on a path to reduce stress, that it is. It's a bit like weight gain. How frequently does a little gain turn into a lot and if it's stress related, the stress will cause the additional body fat to accumulate at the belly.

What’s in your Control:

Stress reducing techniques: 
All three of these are hugely beneficial, but the difficult hurdle is to get started. Make the decision to do something for just 5 minutes today. Just 5 minutes is doable, then build on that going forward.

Creating a schedule: 
That's what the first question in this section is all about. You have to plan in advance or it's not going to happen.

Experience with Stress: 
If something worked for you in the past, then odds are it will work again in the future.

The information provided on the show is for general information purposes only.  If you have a health problem, medical emergency, or a general health question, you should contact a physician or other qualified health care provider for consultation, diagnosis and/or treatment. Under no circumstances should you attempt self-diagnosis or treatment based on anything you have seen on the show.

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