Burning the post baby fat is serious business, especially the fat that gathers around one’s middle, which gives a different shape, from the one, you used to see in the mirror.
All sorts of things have been known to be done to get that figure back, from belly binding to diets that supposedly shrink belly fat to getting on the treadmill with a suckling child in hand, just so the weight goes, after all it usage has expired.
While it is true that breast feeding helps to shrink the uterus back to its original shape, which in a major way, helps to reduce the belly fat, at least it did in my own case. It doesn’t do the whole job, which was what prompted this article.
I found something interesting in an old magazine, I bought recently. I was intrigued at the seemingly simple things we could do blast those belly fat, without resorting to self-torture and I wasn’t going to keep that solely to myself.
From that magazine, Prevention, I realised that, the secret to lasting weight loss does not come down to complicated calorie-counting and weight-loss gimmicks. Rather, it’s about listening and working with our bodies’ natural hunger and sleep rhythms to curb cravings, burn fat and keep our energy levels up.
Several researches have shown that our bodies’ natural eat-and-sleep clocks have been thrown completely out of sync, no thanks to signals, we send our bodies throughout the day; both in the wrong set of foods that we feed our bodies with and too much artificial light at night, which has been shown to affect even our fertility.
The result: You’re caught in a “fat cycle”: a constant flow of hunger hormones that makes cravings all but impossible to resist. But if we tune into our bodies’ natural eat and sleep schedules, we can actually wave good-bye to the belly paunch. Sounds good, right?
Well, the researchers behind that weight loss technique didn’t just point out, what we were doing wrong, the also gave guidelines on how to work with our natural eat-and-sleep-clock.
They came up with a diet plan, yes another diet but the science behind it, is to work directly with the body’s inner timetable; getting a good night’s sleep and how eating the right foods at the right times can satisfy your body’s need for fuel and taste.
The diet consists of foods, which help our bodies do what it naturally wants to do and in the process, we are endowed with amazing abs; which is the only prize we seek. Interestingly, all these foods are easily accessible here. You might even have been having it. But now, you just need to time yourself appropriately to make it work for you.
There are countless number of studies, which all concluded that there is so much benefits to eating fish, especially, oily fish. And that is due to its omega-3 deposit, which is known to affects the pineal gland; the pea-size gland in the center of the brain, which in turn affect, the production of melatonin; a hormone ,which inhibits melanin formation and is thought to be concerned with regulating the reproductive cycle and is also the sleep hormone.
A diet rich in omega-3s boosts heart health, lower risk of dementia, and improve sleeping pattern.
As for weight loss and melting belly fat, many omega-3 carriers are rich in protein, which makes you feel full for longer. As it were, you even burn more calories digesting protein than you do when you eat fats or carbs.
So, how does this work for us looking to lose the post baby bump? If you aren’t eating plenty of omega-rich foods—think sardines, walnuts, flax seeds, and dark leafy greens, it’s time to start or you could just get the supplements.
As if you needed another excuse to eat nuts, I know I can’t resist them, I only use pimples as an excuse at times but I still have them.
These fatty legumes are a great source of mood-boosting magnesium. Without enough magnesium in your body, the part of the brain that regulates melatonin is thrown off, disrupting your sleep.
Magnesium-rich foods are essential for cellular health and over 300 biochemical functions in the body.
A study published in BMC Bioinformatics found that your body has 3,751 magnesium binding sites. This indicates that magnesium benefits are far greater than previously imagined. Because your body requires and uses magnesium for so many different functions, you can quickly become low in magnesium especially if you are not consuming enough high magnesium foods.
Another study on magnesium benefits in the body, found that magnesium supplementation can help people who have a hard time sleeping to doze peacefully through the night.
One group of the 100 tossers and turners over age 51 was given 320 milligrams of magnesium a day, while the other group was given a look-alike placebo. After 7 weeks, those taking the magnesium were sleeping better, and, as a bonus, had lower levels of dangerous inflammation, a rogue reaction by the immune system that is implicated in other dangerous diseases, like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Foods rich in magnesium are also extremely weight loss friendly.
How to get your dose? Try protein-rich fish and nuts, lentils, soy and black beans, as well as fiber-rich grains like bran.
While the link between calcium and weight loss is still feeble (in some studies it promotes greater weight loss, in others it’s a wash), it turns out that milk may really do a body good when it comes to belly fat.
A recent study by researchers at the University of Alabama found that, among a group of more than 100 premenopausal women, fat was significantly reduced in those who consumed the most calcium-rich foods.
In fact, for every 100 milligrams of calcium they consumed per day (that’s 1/2 cup of soft-serve frozen yogurt), they lost an inch of intra-abdominal fat—that’s the really bad stuff tucked in and around your internal organs that has been linked to higher rates of heart disease and cancer.
Do you need any other reason to indulge? Except of course, you are lactose intolerant.
Like magnesium, calcium can also help you sleep if you tend to be awakened by muscle soreness or cramps—the mineral, along with calcium, helps relax muscle and nerves.
Getting your daily dose via dairy works, but there are other ways to get your calcium in as well, such as sardines, fortified orange juice, tofu, and dark leafy greens like kale and spinach.
Eating cherries, be it strawberries, grapes, raspberries, any of this type of fruit that comes handy, has been found to be very good for the body and especially for blasting the belly fat.
Eating a few tart cherries around bed time is known to improve sleep a lot. Cherries are one of a number of plant-based sources of melatonin, the sleep hormone.
While there are no substantial evidence that eating cheeries of drinking the juice will put you to sleep, studies has found that foods like these can raise melatonin levels in the body. Not only does melatonin help you sleep, but it’s a powerful antioxidant that can protect your cells from free radical damage, the kind that leads to cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases. That should help you sleep easy.
Eating cherries can help you lose weight and stay trim. A cup of cherries is less than 100 calories and packs in 3 grams of fiber, which will keep you feeling full longer. Also, these little beauties contain many B-vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B6; these vitamins are crucial for metabolism and convert nutrients into energy.
How to get your dose: Eat them whole! If you’re not a fan of cherries, drink the juice instead. In a recent study, people who drank 8 ounces of tart cherry juice in the morning and another 8 ounces in the evening for 2 weeks reported they slept more soundly and stayed trimmer.
Considering I already have a weakness for some items on this list, the challenge is not to go overboard.
Godspeed ladies with the belly weight loss.
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