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WHERE DO WE STORE BODY FAT AND WHY?

 

You cant choose where you burn fat from (spot reduce) but here is what you can do!

 

 

 

There are two types of fat in our body white fat cells and brown fat cells,“

 

WHITE FAT CELLS(white adipose tissue)

Typically accumulate in areas like the bum, thighs, abdomen, arms, and chest. The function of these fat cells is to store energy and regulate hormones,

 

BROWN FAT CELLS(brown adipose tissue)

Typically accumulate around the back, neck and collarbone.

The function of these cells is to heat the body. 

 

White fat cells are not as metabolically active as brown fat cells which is why areas like the abs/thighs/bum (which contain more white fat cells) tend to be harder to shift.

 

BUT there are a number of different factors that contribute to exactly where and why we store fat in our body and these factors are all due to hormone regulation

 

Just to illustrate my point, when I lowered my overall body fat to about 8%, I noticed that my upper body was storing a lot less fat than my lower body. After doing a lot of research, I realized that my lower body was storing more fat probably because  of an up-regulation of my Estrogen Hormone! 

A BIG factor to this was that I was drinking water out of plastic bottles, certain plastics have chemicals which up-regulate Estrogen (making me store excess fat in my legs) When I then changed my routine and started drinking liquids out of BPA-free bottles, my leg fat literally disappeared in days!

 

This experience sparked a big interest and, since then, I have been studying hormones and their effect on body fat and use methods on my clients which time and time again show effective results!

 

The most common place for storing body fat and the most dangerous is abdominal fat!

Increased belly fat increases our risk of heart disease, elevated blood pressure and blood sugar.

 

HOW DO WE GET RID OF BELLY FAT?

 

FIRST start with the diet, it’s no secret a caloric deficit is essential for fat loss anywhere!

 

YOU MUST BURN MORE THAN YOU CONSUME

 

start eating more fresh and wholefoods. Eliminate processed foods and focus on eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. As your diet becomes cleaner, your body will use excess fat for energy production.

 

NOW FOR THE HORMONE PART

The main hormone responsible for belly fat is CORTISOL!!

Any stress exposure will increase cortisol and call for the storage of abdominal fat accumulation. 

THIS ISNT JUST PHYSICAL STRESS

It is suggested one of the most common stressors is the consumption of foods to which we are intolerant. Suspect foods include wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, nuts, yeast and corn.

Another big stressor is consumption of sugary foods as this up-regulates insulin.

 

By reducing exposure to these foods, you reduce the stress on the gastrointestinal and immune system, lowering cortisol! Lowering unwanted body fat storage!

 

This is just ONE area of the body!

If you store more fat in your back, arms, face, neck, hips, legs.......

I sure as hell know why and this is just one small tool I use when analysing my clients before pictures to optimise results!

 

If you need my help! There is no better time!

 

 

Lime Juice & Pink Salt benefits

There are a lot of cleansing, detox products on the market, but one of the most effective ones is also the most simple – a glass of water, with added lime juice and salt. That’s it. It’s as simple as it sounds, and has a whole host of health and body composition benefits.

Salt has many important functions in the body, and one such function is nourishing the adrenals. If you don’t know, you have two adrenal glands that are responsible for many hormones in the body, including adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol. Those are hormones involved in energy levels, mood, and managing stress.

Let’s talk cortisol for a minute. You’ve probably heard that cortisol is the stress hormone, and while this is true, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily bad, and to be avoided at all costs. The goal is to efficiently manage cortisol, not eliminate it completely. Ideally, cortisol levels should be highest in the morning, when we are awake and alert, and lowest in the evenings, around the time we are trying to wind down and sleep.

An easy test is to go a day without an alarm and see what happens. If your cortisol timing is right, you should wake up on your own sometime between 6 and 8 am, and be energetic and alert, even before any morning stimulants. If you are groggy and sleepy in the morning, and have difficulty relaxing and sleeping at night, your cortisol optimization is off. The solution? Resetting your biorhythm, your body’s natural clock.

Lime juice and salt is a very good way to do this, as salt helps the adrenals like we mentioned, which are responsible for cortisol shifts. Salt can also have a positive impact on intestinal health, as it is anti-parasitic and anti-microbial. Aim for 1/4 tsp. of a colored salt, and roughly a shot of lime juice(1tbsp.), in a glass of water. The lime water, however, can also be replaced by lemon water, in case of unavailability. Do this every morning without fail. For colored salts, there are several options, including Celtic Sea Salt, or Himalayan Pink Salt – choose a salt this is not a white table salt.

The lime juice does more than just make the water taste good. Lime juice has a very alkaline effect in our bodies, which is a measure of acidity. In the evenings, pH levels generally decline, becoming more acidic, which is necessary. In the morning you want to re-alkalize your body, to ensure optimal energy production in the cells of your body. Lime juice, and other alkaline supplements such as a greens powder, are very useful for this.

Every morning upon waking, take your 1/4tsp colored salt, shot of lime juice from a bottle or fresh lime, and throw it in a big glass of water. You’ll improve energy levels, support your adrenal function, manage cortisol, and reset your biorhythm to it’s proper cycle. Not bad for such a simple, easy fix.

Reference: http://www.strengthsensei.com/start-the-day-right-lime-salt-water/

 

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