One of the most frustrating things is trying to get rid of that last little bit of belly. You’re always working out, diet is on point but there’s still a little bit of unwanted belly fat that drives you crazy.
I’ve coached people on this, fine tuned their diet and pushed them hard with fat burning exercises. Still, there remained a belly on my client and a sour taste of ‘humble pie’ for me to deal with. I couldn’t figure it out in all my years of fitness and nutrition.
Until it happened to me!
Truth is, a couple years ago I wasn’t quite myself. Dealing with things I never had to deal with, working with people that didn’t see eye to eye with me or the company's vision. I had some problems, life problems, work problems, now I had some body problems.
I didn’t realize it until a UFC fighter I coach squeezed my stomach and laughed. YaDong Song is a young Chinese fighter on the rise in the UFC, his english is very limited so we usually communicate with a lot of sign language. After he grabbed my belly and walked off, I thought “You cheeky little shit.” Then I looked at my belly sticking out on a slim and out of shape body, then glanced back at Song still laughing at me.. I realized he found it pretty funny, he’s got an infectious grin, so laughed back at him in defeat. I realized I needed to do some coaching on myself.. ASAP!
So life was getting the better of me, I went strict on my diet, started working out and still I had a belly!! I was upset, confused and disappointed that I let myself decline. I realized I was STRESSED OUT!! I wasn’t in control and now I’m a fat skinny guy!! AWESOME!
I got to work and researched my problems to find a solution! Here is how to that ‘stress’ belly is formed and how to get rid of it!
Stressing out too much in life whether it’s work, relationships, kids, friends and sports activates your adrenal glands and releases cortisol into your system. Cortisol is your stress hormone and is activated during your flight or fight response. We have this hormone for desperate times when we are in desperate situations, like fighting other tribes/wars back in the day, running from animals that might be trying to kill you etc.
When Cortisol is active, it releases stored glycogen to be used for energy so that you can run or fight off whatever your under attack from. Unfortunately today, we don’t have many of those battles to fight, or animals to run from. We have too many bills to pay, a relationship that doesn’t work, a job we don’t like and friends that may or may not be supportive.
All these things can keep your adrenal glands active, which means you’ll continue to have glycogen running through your body. When the glycogen isn’t burnt off, it turns into Triglycerides which is a triple sugar on a fat molecule. These fat molecules get stored in your organs, your organs mostly sit in your stomach area. Hence the little belly I was dealing with!
So how do you fix it??
Firstly you need control back in your life. The number 1 thing in your life is YOU, so start putting yourself first. Plan your days, mark out times you can spend on yourself. Workouts are proven to help with stress, not only that but you get a dopamine release that will make you feel good and confident. This time should be non-negotiable!
This is going to help turn switch off your adrenal glands and lower cortisol.
Secondly you need time for yourself to clear your mind and recreate your life how you want it. This can be done through goal setting and meditation. Meditation is a powerful tool that can get you in the right place of mind to deal with things in life. Have a gratitude tool or diary handy at this time. If you can focus on the things your grateful for and be present in those moments when you think about them, it’s hard to be stressed out afterwards.
SLEEP!! Couple things happen when you sleep, your anti aging hormone starts to work to repair your body. It’s released in deep sleep but your Human Growth Hormone can help work away the extra fat on your organs. HGH can also be boosted from intermittent fasting. Women can increase their HGH production by 1200% if they fast for 14hrs or more. Men can increase HGH production by 1500% of they fast for 16hrs or more. Sleep is very important, fasting can add to the recovery process!
Lastly eating a healthy nutritious diet will always help with this problem, so make sure you feed your body some highly nutritious veggies and leafy greens. Take some B Vitamins and get some vitamin D from the Sun while walking, which will also help deal with stress.
Remember this isn’t going to happen overnight or in a week. It might take a few months, but getting back in control of your life, your stress and emotions and eliminate anything that isn’t there to help you and push you forward.
Need any help with anything.. Let me know!!
Talk soon - Adam