Are you frustrated with annoying belly fat that seems to have come from nowhere, refusing to budge no matter what you eat (or don’t eat) and no matter how active you are? If you are of a “certain age,” you probably know exactly what I am talking about. This midline fluff is more than just about jeans not fitting anymore. It’s also a factor in our overall health, including an increased risk for heart disease, breast cancer, high blood sugar, fatty liver, hot flashes, mood swings and more, so getting a handle on the love handles goes far beyond just being able to easily bend down to tie our shoes.
If you are struggling in this area, here are some things to consider:
TOXIC VS. DETOX
First, keeping yourself in more of a detox state versus a toxic condition will make a huge difference. The detox state will help to lower inflammation and regulate hormones, which is essential because both contribute to the underlying cause of the midlife belly bulge.
Things that support the organs to naturally detox are plenty of filtered water and seven to 13 servings a day of fresh, preferably organic, fruits and vegetables. The keys here are fresh and colorful.
And while healthy fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates don’t help the body detox, they are quality fuel for the body for energy, repair and, you guessed it, balanced hormones. On the other hand, alcohol, processed foods with sugar, artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors and preservatives are toxins. These non-foods will work against your goals.
Next, consider adding intermittent fasting for a minimum of 12 hours a day. Not eating or drinking, except for water, from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. will give you a solid 12 hours. This is easier than you may think because most of the fasting can be done during sleeping hours.
Intermittent fasting also can yield more energy and clear brain fog. For some, a 12-hour fast four to five times a week is enough to begin to tip the scale, so to speak. You can work your way up to longer fasting periods over time for added benefits, but it’s always good to check with your healthcare provider.