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The Battle of the Bulging Belly Fat – 5 steps to lose it!

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Bulging Belly

The battle of the bulging belly fat is an ongoing challenge for men and women to lose that good ole friendly ball we carry around our waste. Diet alone is not always the only answer in losing the extra bulge of fat.


Some experts believe the root cause of belly fat could very well be stress and lack of sleep, but there are so many other factors involved.

In an article published today by Express, it takes a look at weight loss often seen by dieters trying to lose bulging belly fat and how tricky it can be. Moreover, it’s not as simple as one would think.

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For many, the bulging belly fat can put a person in a state of depression, especially when they’ve attempted long term to work it off. Staying optimistic during the process is highly recommended to keep stress levels at a minimal. Start by trying these 5 simple steps below.

Five steps to lose bulging belly fat
There are good, proven ways to reduce two kinds of belly fat that will work best if you can zero in on what’s causing fat to accumulate around your waist and your organs.

1. Enjoy the right kinds of carbohydrates. When it comes to losing belly fat, you want to get the most nutrition out of everything you eat. “White” foods, breads and sugary sweets break down too quickly and lead to belly fat gain. Build your meals around colorful vegetables and lean proteins and choose fruit for dessert. This step alone can improve insulin sensitivity almost immediately.

Bonus step: find exercise you like that builds muscle tissue. Try weight training, yoga or interval training (going back and forth between vigorous and less vigorous exercise in a single session) to add muscle. This also helps insulin do its job better.

2. Practice stress management daily. Your level of stress has a large impact on your body composition. Practicing meditation and yoga can help lower cortisol levels, which will affect how fat is deposited in your body. Try herbal adrenal support (astragalus root, eleuthero and rhodiola) to help relieve symptoms and enhance your body’s resilience against stress.

Bonus step: set aside more time for sleeping and getting outside. Studies show that getting 8 hours of sleep lowers stress and helps keep your hunger levels and weight in check. Spending more time in nature has proven calming and anti-stress benefits.

3. Optimize hormone balance. Ease the burden of estrogen changes and hormonal fluctuation by supplementing with herbal extracts that support reproductive hormones. Black cohosh, red clover and kudzu can help with estrogen imbalance while passionflower, chasteberry and wild yam are helpful for progesterone imbalance. These adaptogenic herbs are beneficial because your body uses the ingredients only as needed.

Bonus step: Supply your body with the building blocks it needs to make hormones by consuming healthy fats from foods like wild salmon, walnuts, extra virgin olive oil and avocados.

4. Maintain healthy gut flora every day. The bacteria in your gut play a large role in your weight. The goal is to keep the right balance between the good and the bad bugs in your digestive system. Eat fermented foods and vegetables with lots of fiber to feed the good bacteria. Make sure to take a high-quality probiotic to continually populate your gut with the right flora to help you digest and metabolize food.

Bonus step: increase your intake of fiber. Foods like asparagus, garlic, onions, lentils and squash provide the “prebiotics” that feed the good bacteria. “Bad” bacteria thrive on refined carbs like sugar.

5. Naturally boost your metabolism. You can raise your metabolism to burn more calories by eating protein at every meal, getting enough calcium in your diet, and consuming fatty fish like salmon and sardines. Try adding plant-based supplements with ingredients like Indian sphaeranthus, mangosteen and green tea to help regulate the accumulation of fat and increase your body’s natural fat-burning process.

Bonus step: Strength-training is a powerful way to boost metabolism. Try using inexpensive resistance bands 3-4 times per week.

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Begin by implementing a couple of these ideas to start losing your belly fat and see how you do for a month or so. Once your body is balanced and healthy, it will be much better prepared to let go of excess belly fat.

There are many factors that influence the bulging belly fat. It involves a variance of many stressors that should be looked at.

Factors that influence belly fat
Several factors influenced how to lose belly fat that include nutrition, hormones, cortisol levels, workout intensity and mental well-being.

Poor sleep can have a negative effect on hormones and increase levels of stress hormone cortisol making it harder to shift the bulging fat.

Quality rather than quantity of sleep is important when it comes to utilizing 8 hours of an uninterrupted sleeping pattern.

The article by Express dives into a disruption of sleep pattern from blue light emitted by your phone, laptops and tablets greatly impact sleeping patterns if used prior to sleep. So, put them away hours before bedtime.

Combatting stress is vital to losing excess abdominal fat which causes a greater risk of heart disease, diabetes and sometimes depression. In other words, it can cause more serious health problems down the road.

According to an Abstract published by Jama Internal Medicine, they took a look at distinct associations between specific dietary fat and cardiovascular disease. However, evidence on specific dietary fat and mortality remains limited and inconsistent. The Conclusions and Relevance was that different types of dietary fats have divergent associations with total and cause-specific mortality. These findings support current dietary recommendations to replace saturated fat and trans-fat with unsaturated fats.

So, while some see physical factors of bulging belly fat as an issue, it can be more complicated and move into health issues if not dealt with. Dietary changes are highly recommended, but we need to look at other factors also.

Four factors causing your bulging belly fat?
Research shows that four common physiologic causes are linked to stubborn belly fat. All are imbalances that result in extra padding around the belly — though for good reason. Once your specific physiologic block is removed, your body will able to release the extra weight.

Insulin resistance. High-carb diets that include moderate-to-high amounts of sugar and alcohol can overtime cause your cells to become resistant to insulin. This means that the excess sugar you consume gets quickly converted to fat. If your diet stays the same, this temporary fat storage becomes more permanent, leading to abdominal obesity.

Adrenal imbalance. When your stress level is chronically high, you may find that belly fat increases as well. Even in young girls, both kinds of belly fat — subcutaneous and visceral — increase as a result of negative personal or family events. Belly fat accumulation is linked to elevated cortisol levels which can also cause elevated blood sugar. If your body senses you’re in an endless emergency — even if you think you’re dealing well with stress — you’ll be hungrier and have more intense cravings for the exact foods that build fat stores especially around your belly.

Perimenopause/menopause hormone reductions. Lower levels of estrogen and progesterone around menopause often force your body to shift fat storage to your belly. As estrogen drops, it stirs up proteins that cause fat cells to store even more fat. To make this extra fat problem even worse, these cellular shifts also slow down the fat-burning process.

Estrogen dominance. Too much estrogen in relation to your other sex hormones can cause “toxic weight gain,” especially around your abdomen. Estrogen levels can be strongly influenced by hormones and antibiotics in conventionally raised meats, dairy products, poisonous chemicals, and hormone disruptors in the environment. These estrogenic effects can dramatically disrupt metabolism.

When it seems as if your body is working against in accumulating extra belly fat, you’ll be glad to discover that there are solutions to functionally reverse these metabolic challenges. Shedding belly fat can improve your confidence and help you feel better physically and emotionally. But even more important, losing belly fat can reduce your risk for many serious health issues.

In the light of it all, once we find ways to reduce stress, obtain more quantity sleep, work out healthy choices, balance our (body, mind and soul), reduce technology and learn to practice treating ourselves more prominently; we may very well see that bulging belly fat dissipate and our balance is restored.

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