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Could These Key Factors Be The Reason You Aren’t Losing Belly Fat?

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Many of us can likely attest to how uncomfortable it feels to have extra belly fat hanging over our pants every day. It can leave you feeling heavy, bloated, and sometimes even embarrassed around others.

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It seems that people of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels share this common issue, begging the question: Why can’t we beat the belly bulge?

In his article Are These the Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Belly Fat?,” Dr. Mercola tackles this highly convoluted issue, pointing out that belly fat isn’t just an aesthetic problem, but a health issue as well, and it can lead to other, more serious conditions. “Abdominal fat actually produces inflammatory molecules, and high inflammation levels in your body can trigger a wide range of systemic diseases linked with metabolic syndrome. This is why carrying extra weight around your middle is linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and other chronic diseases,” he says.

To help get to the bottom of our belly fat problems, let’s cover the often-overlooked reasons why many of us can’t seem to shed extra weight in our abdominal area.

Exercise Choice: Opt For HIIT Instead of Lengthy Cardio

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As Dr. Mercola points out, running on a treadmill is probably the most commonly chosen defense mechanism against stubborn belly fat, but the least effective.

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The majority of your training should be anaerobic (strength training/interval training) as opposed to aerobic (traditional lengthy and low-level) in nature.

If cardio is your go-to form of exercise, opt for high-intensity, short-interval training instead. Several studies have confirmed that exercising in shorter bursts with rest periods in between burns more fat than exercising continuously for an entire session.

HIIT workouts improve muscle energy utilization and expenditure due to their positive effects on increasing muscle mass and improving muscle fiber quality.

Muscle tissue burns three to five times more energy than fat tissues, so as you gain muscle, your metabolic rate increases, which allows you to burn more calories, even when you’re sleeping.

And really, why do a cardio workout in 45 minutes when you can do one effectively in 15?

One 2009 study showed that as little as six sessions of HIIT performed over two weeks — a total of fifteen minutes of all-out effort — increased maximal activity of the cell factory (mitochondria) and improved performance during tasks that previously relied on aerobic energy activation. HIIT increased the potential for glucose and fatty acid oxidation

To reap maximum results, you need to work out at maximum intensity, with rest periods in between spurts.

It’s also important to remember to keep upping the intensity as you get fitter.

Strength Training and Core Exercises

Strength training is rewarding because you see the results of your hard work every day as you continue to beat your previous weight or repetition number. It is also one of the most effective ways to increase Human Growth Hormone (HGH), the hormone responsible for fat metabolism and muscle growth.

If you are completely new to weight training or haven’t been able to see results with the weight training you’ve done thus far, I recommend starting with this extremely easy-to-follow routine. It’s called the 5×5 strong lifts routine, and it’s effective at teaching you the proper form for compound exercises that will give you the most bang for your buck in terms of results.

Sit-ups don’t work, so stop doing them. Opt for planks instead, which use far more muscles and do not strain the neck or back if done properly.

Diet Is Your Saving Grace, So Listen Up

This is the bottom line, so it’s crucial to get this right above all else: “Refined grains like white bread, crackers and chips, as well as refined sugars in sweetened drinks and desserts increase inflammation in our bodies,” says Registered Dietitian Kate Patton. “Belly fat is associated with inflammation, so eating too many processed foods will hinder your ability to lose belly fat.”

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Most people are not aware that leptin plays an enormously important role in the development of obesity.

Leptin is a hormone produced by your fat cells that is just as important as insulin in determining your risk for type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.

It also impacts how much you eat and how much fat you burn, and leptin resistance specifically causes your body to produce and accumulate visceral fat around your midline.

So how do you become leptin resistant? In short, by:

  • Eating a diet that includes too many sugars and refined grains (which turn to sugar once you consume them).
  • The sugar metabolizes (turns into) to fat and is stored in your fat cells.
  • This activity in turn causes a surge in leptin.
  • Your body becomes resistant to leptin just as it can become resistant to insulin.

When you’re leptin-resistant, your body no longer hears its own signals to stop eating, burn fat, or pass up sugary foods.

As a result, you feel hungry and crave sweets, and your body continues to store fat even though it already has more than enough. When your body routinely stores this excess as visceral fat, you increase your risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, vascular disease, atherosclerosis (hardening of your arteries), and an increased thickness in the walls of your heart.

Two Dietary Changes You Should Implement Right Away

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Dr. Mercola makes an inarguable case — these two factors should be implemented in the diet of anyone looking to keep their stomach slim.

1) Swap processed foods (including restaurant or fast food) for whole, ideally organic fare, focusing on raw vegetables.

  • Cooking them will destroy many of their valuable micronutrients and biophotons.
  • Juicing can help you boost your vegetable intake if you’re having trouble getting enough of them into your diet.
  • By removing processed foods, you automatically cut out most of the refined sugars and carbs (grains) from your diet, along with a whole host of other health-harming chemicals and additives.
  • If you opt for organic, you’ll also automatically avoid hazardous pesticides and herbicides, as well as genetically engineered ingredients.

 2) Replace the missing carbs with healthful fats.

  • Fat is actually the preferred fuel of human metabolism, and this can be traced back to our evolutionary roots.
  • Avoid highly processed and genetically engineered omega-6 oils like corn, canola, and soy, however, as they will upset your omega 6:3 ratio.
  • All trans fats should be avoided, but contrary to popular advice, saturated fats are a key component of a healthy diet that will promote weight loss.
  • These recommendations appear to be useful for most that are struggling with insulin or leptin resistance (overweight, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol ratios, or diabetes).
  • Healthy fats include: coconut oil, organic grass-fed butter, raw nuts, egg yolks, avocados.

Bottom Line

Cutting processed carbs, increasing your healthy fats, and sticking to an effective HIIT or strength training routine will surely lead to the results you desire, but it will take commitment.

Some people may see results immediately, while with others it may take months, so it’s crucial to stay consistent and have patience. Unfortunately, there isn’t a magic pill that will zap your belly fat.

Lastly, try to find a way to get inspired by eating well and working out, whether that’s putting together a motivational playlist, having a picture of your goal in front of you, or something more creative. Being inspired by fitness will lessen the feeling of it being a chore, helping you look forward to getting your sweat on.

Do you have any helpful tips for shedding belly fat? Share with us in the comment section below!

Source: Dr. Mercola

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Nature Valley Ad Shows The Down Side Of Children Addicted To Technology

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  • The Facts:

    Technology has impacted most of our lives in a really big way. We use it daily for everything we do pretty much. Kids today, unlike previous generations, use technology more than ever and spend much less time in nature.

  • Reflect On:

    How much is too much technology for young and developing minds? Is it time to reevaluate our children's relationship with technology and get them back into nature?

Technology has become a staple in most of our lives, really, could you imagine life without it? In the video posted below, Nature Valley asks 3 generations what it was that they did for fun as a kid, the answers from the youngest generation may or may not surprise you, but is it time to cut back on the technology and bring kids back to nature?

Technology is not bad per se, that isn’t the discussion here. This is about how we use it.

Before technology, children would look to nature for entertainment. They would play outside on the lawn, go sledding, build forts, and use their imagination to create their own entertainment. Nowadays it’s all too easy for kids to get sucked into technology, there are video games, tablets, computers, cell phones and television, all of which provide a type of escape from the real world. Although, there are many ways that technology is and has been used for good in the world, is the disconnect that it is causing children and adults to part from nature causing more harm?

With the rise of mental disorders and illnesses, is it possible that the answer to these issues is simply to get kids back into nature, more time with self, using their brains to build things, be creative and connect to the energy from the Earth? We already know how effective a simple walk or hike in nature is and how they both can literally change our brains. Nature appears to be much more important than we generally give it credit for.

In my own experience, disconnecting from technology and going camping on my own proved to be a very cathartic and healing experience for me. I’ve come to realize that although being immersed in nature regularly does have a lot of benefits, but even just making time for it at all can cause a positive impact. For many of us who live in cities, with the constant bombardment of noise and of course EMF frequencies etc., just disconnecting for a short period can make a huge difference.

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It’s easy to get emotional watching something like this as it shows just how far removed the newer generations are from what has been most natural to children for centuries, simply playing in nature. The children are essentially self-proclaimed tech addicts and get their entertainment by playing video games, watching videos or tv shows, texting etc. Is it time to go back to the basics and start evaluating how detrimental too much technology can be on young and developing brains? You can read more about this issue here, Is Your Child Struggling From Nature-Deficit Disorder?

Is it up to the parents to ensure they are setting proper boundaries with the amount of time their children are allowed to use technology? Or is this the future and something we should simply let happen as a natural part of evolution?

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6 Proven Ways to Cleanse Your Liver & Release Pent Up Anger

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  • The Facts:

    In Chinese Medicine our liver is directly connected to anger and unfortunately, we live in a world where our liver is regularly taxed by toxic chemicals. Thankfully there is plenty that you can do without medication to keep this vital organ healthy!

  • Reflect On:

    What toxins are you regularly exposed to and what steps are you currently taking to combat them?

A toxic liver can lead to anger. In Chinese medicine, our biggest detox organ – our liver – is the organ connected to anger. When we work at changing our lifestyles and daily habits, we begin to see it having a positive effect on our mood as well as general health.

When toxicity mounts we have a more difficult time controlling or letting go of our angry feelings. Toxic chemicals accumulate in our bodies because we live in a toxic world. We microwave in plastic, we cook food in Tephlon coated pans, we smoke, we take medication, and eat fried and processed foods.

These food-like products contain toxic chemical preservatives, glyphosate; GMOs and pesticides. Ingesting poison daily results in everything from immune deficiency, mood disorders, lowered mental performance, and even life-threatening cancer.

So, besides avoiding many of the contributors of liver toxicity – what can we do?

1. Eat less added sugar & address possible yeast overgrowth in the gut

Yeast can cause fermentation of food in place of digestion and cause bloating and gas. It can contribute to “leaky gut syndrome” – thus in turn can lead to the production of toxins that may affect the brain and nervous system. Yeast overgrowth can produce alcohol as its byproduct, acetaldehyde, giving us a “hangover” feeling. It can also lead to liver damage, and it prevents the proper detoxification of other pollutants, increasing the toxicity of other toxins.

2. Support the liver with botanicals

Plant medicine like Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root can help cleanse the liver. Both extracts are known to be pretty safe and well tolerated, and toxic or adverse effects observed in the reviewed clinical trials seem to be minimal. Only those with a ragweed, iodine or latex allergy should be cautious with dandelion. (Learn more about milk thistle)

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3. Drink organic aloe vera juice

High quality; raw organic aloe vera can be a phenomenal digestive aid. It seals the gut wall, aids in digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps the immune system, and detoxifies the liver, skin, and colon.

4. Cook with more turmeric & black pepper to help the body absorb nutrients better

Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, which increases the bioavailability of food by decreasing activity in the intestinal tract and inhibiting the metabolism of certain enzymes. Better still, cook with lots of turmeric and black pepper together. The combination helps the body absorb more curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.

This ingredient can heal gut wall permeability due to its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It also aids in digestion, strengthens the immune system, improves asthma, heals wounds, prevents the progression of memory loss, controls diabetes, improves liver function, lowers cholesterol, and fights cancer. (Note: A great supplement for this that I recommend for is Liver Health)

5. Incorporate liver cleansing foods into your diet

Incorporate liver cleansing foods such as green leafy veggies, avocados, apples, garlic, olive oil, citrus fruit, beets, and cruciferous vegetables into your weekly diet.

6. See An Acupuncturist

Used for thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to detox and balance the liver meridians to reduce anger and other emotional and psychiatric issues.  Simple needless acupressure is often used on children.


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Is It Possible To Eat Too Much Fruit?

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  • The Facts:

    Overall, consuming fructose in whole fruit form does not have adverse effects on the body. Isolated fructose is another story, yet many health professionals lump it all into one misleading and false category.

  • Reflect On:

    Where did you learn that eating too much fruit in whole form is bad? What diet types and products were promoting that myth? Added sugars are something to kick, but there's no reason to fear fruit.

Is it possible to eat too much fruit? Well, as with most other foods when it comes to good health, too much of anything can be harmful. For example, technically speaking, you can die from consuming too much water too quickly.

Fruit, however, is another story, and there seems to be an ongoing debate within the health and wellness community regarding fruit, its sugar content, and if there is a threshold amount that we should be limiting ourselves to on a daily basis.

When it comes to health, food manufacturers and many health advocates fail to differentiate between naturally occurring sugars and added sugars like high fructose corn syrup that’s added to most of our “food” products. Most of the sugar contained in our foods are not actually sugar in its natural form like it is from whole fruit.

Added sugars have been shown to have detrimental effects on our health and to be highly addictive, it triggers the pleasure centers in our brain that cocaine and heroin do as well. Perhaps this is why kids go completely crazy when they don’t get it? It’s vital to realize that candy, pop, some juices and a number of other products do not contain sugar in its natural form, but instead sugar that’s been extracted from its natural package and added.

The sad truth is, many ‘health professionals’ and modern fad diets like paleo have been warring against fruit, touting it as a carbohydrate similar to potatoes and rice, this could not be further from the truth.

The Truth About Fruit

So, should we be restricting our fruit intake? Do we have to worry about the sugar found inside of fruit like we have to worry about all of the other sugar that’s been linked to a variety of physical and mental illness?

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The SugarScience team makes some great points that we must be aware of,

There is growing scientific consensus that one of the most common types of sugar, fructose, can be toxic to the liver, just like alcohol.1,2

Fructose is the sugar that makes fruit taste sweet. For most people, there’s nothing wrong with eating fructose in its natural state, in fruit.

But today, manufacturers extract and concentrate the fructose from corn, beets and sugarcane, removing the fiber and nutrients in the process. Getting frequent, high doses of fructose throughout the day, without fiber to slow it down, is more than our bodies were designed to handle. (source)

Another very important fact.

Nearly all added sugars contain significant amounts of fructose.3 Typical formulations of high-fructose corn syrup contain upwards of 50% fructose, depending on processing methods. Table sugar and even sweeteners that sound healthy, like organic cane sugar, are 50% fructose.

According to them, small amounts of fructose, meted out slowly, are not a problem for your liver. It’s not a quick does, you are chewing, and there is fibre that goes hand in hand with the sugar. The fibre,  as the SugarScience team points out, slows down it’s processing in the gut.

But when we consume large amounts of fructose in added sugar, particularly in liquid form on an empty stomach, it slams the liver with more than it can handle…It’s only when we frequently consume large quantities, in concentrated form, that fructose becomes a health hazard. (SugarScience)

One study many health professionals like to point to that would have us leaning towards, no, looked at people with type two diabetes. Some health professionals tend to restrict the amount of fruit they recommend because they’re worried about the sugar content within the fruit, but the research speaks differently.

The study put type 2 diabetics into two groups, one of them eat a minimum of two pieces of fruit a day while the other ate no more than two pieces. There were no positive effects of weight changes in the group who reduced their fruit intake…

Not to mention the fact that various fruits are responsible for a cascade of positive health effects within the body, like killing cancer.

New, emerging literature has shown that low-dose fructose from whole, natural foods may actually benefit blood sugar control. So having a piece of fruit with each meal could lower, not raise the blood sugar response. But what about fructose toxicity? The threshold for toxicity of fructose may be around 50 grams. The problem is, that that’s how much fructose the average adult consumes in one day. That means that half of all adults are likely above the threshold for fructose toxicity, and adolescents currently average 75 grams.

Is that the limit for added sugars or for all fructose? If we don’t want more than 50 grams and there’s about ten grams in a piece of fruit, should we limit our fruit consumption to five pieces a day? According to the Harvard Health Letter: “The nutritional problems of fructose and sugar come when they are added to foods. Fruit, on the other hand, is beneficial in almost any amount.” –Dr. Michael Greger

One study even took seventeen people who were made to eat 20 servings of fruit a day. This would seem to be a very high dose of fructose for anybody, way above normal which equated at about 200 grams per day per person, which would be equivalent to 8 cans of Soda. Now remember, in that soda, it wouldn’t be sugar in its natural form, but artificial, genetically modified high fructose corn syrup.

The study found zero adverse effects and instead showed potential benefits. There were no harmful indications when weight, blood pressure, insulin and lipid levels were measured after three to six months on this regimen.

This is interesting because we know that if these same people were asked to drink the equivalent in the form of pop, there would be a completely different, healthy devastating result…

Fresh fruit promotes good health and is an excellent source of calories. So when it comes to nature’s candy, feel free to enjoy it in abundance.

In his video, If Fructose is Bad, What About Fruit, Dr. Michael Greger, MD, explains why he believes what he does. He gives an example of how adding berries to our beliefs can actually lessen the effects of high glycemic foods

In my video If Fructose is Bad, What About Fruit?, I explored how adding berries to our meals can actually blunt the detrimental effects of high glycemic foods, but how many berries? He brings up a study out of Finland, which was conducted to determine the minimum level of blueberry consumption at which a consumer may realistically expect to receive antioxidant benefits after eating blueberries with a sugary breakfast cereal.

So, if your main source of sugar is from fruit, not added sugar and not high fructose corn syrup, I wouldn’t be too worried. The more the merrier, in my opinion, you just have to listen to your body and really feel out what’s right for you. Fruit is an excellent source of nutrients, fiber and more. And again, the literature shows a huge decrease in several diseases, including cancer, meanwhile, the information on over-consumption doesn’t really seem to be worrisome at all. But that’s just my opinion. The information showing that sugar from fruit can have harmful effects doesn’t really seem to be as strong as the information which shows the exact opposite.

Don’t forget to make it ORGANIC! 

Related CE Article: Study Shows What Happens To The Human Body When It Goes Just 10 Days Without Sugar

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