After having two kids, a stressful full-time job, and being someone who likes eating delicious junk food, I am guilty of having stubborn belly fat. The good news is that I’ve picked up some simple tips to help get rid of stubborn belly fat without focusing on exercise.
Here’s a little background about my stubborn belly fat. After my second child was born, I started a new job with a 2-hour daily commute into Atlanta. My daughter started a new daycare (that she hated). Don’t forget the new baby and learning how to make life work with two kids.
This was a HIGH STRESS time for me. For some reason, I decided to start using an IUD. Pretty much within a week, I had gained 10 pounds. I blamed the IUD.
Was it stubborn belly fat?
Or was it my thyroid? Or maybe it was diastasis recti? Huh. When you are still wearing maternity clothes several months after delivering, you’ll come up with whatever reason you need to make yourself feel better. I sure did.
I joined a gym, even though I had zero time to go to the gym. While I felt better since I was getting some exercise, I was so exhausted and overwhelmed at driving myself to lose weight, I got hurt at the gym and could no longer exercise.
Enough about me and my stubborn belly fat! I figured out how to reduce my stubborn belly fat, improve my digestion and feel better overall, so I can share it with you.
Here’s the thing: You can’t reduce stubborn belly fat alone. By putting some of these tips into practice, you’ll lose fat all over your body and reduce the bloating that you may think is stubborn belly fat.
What is stubborn belly fat?
According to mhunters.com, stubborn belly fat is the soft layers of fat around the waistline that covers your abs.
To be more precise, there are three types of fat:
Triglycerides– A fat circulates in your blood
Subcutaneous Fat– The layer of fat directly below the skin’s surface. This is the fat you can grab with your hands
Visceral Fat– The dangerous fat. This is located beneath the muscles in your stomach
Belly fat, unfortunately, does not just sit still. Some visceral fat is necessary, but too much can lead to health problems.
You can estimate whether you are carrying too much belly fat by measuring your waist with tape. Anything over 80 cm (31.5 inches) in women and 94 cm (37 inches) can provoke health issues.
In a recent article, “How To Reduce Belly Fat in 3 Simple Steps!” I discussed three steps to help reduce stubborn belly fat:
Step 1: Eat Better, Not Less
In fact, what you eat plays a much bigger part in weight loss than your exercise routine. You still need to be active, but if you depend only on exercise to lose weight, you may just be spinning your wheels.
Take a look at some easy ways to add more fruits and veggies to your diet.
Step 2: Remove Common Allergens
These are foods that you’ve been eating that you may not realize are bothering you. When you learn to eat more foods that your body likes, you’ll feel so much better. We’ll discuss more of these foods to avoid in just a minute. Stay tuned and keep reading!
Step 3: Cleanse Your Colon!
Your colon could be holding 5—25 pounds of waste: Move that junk out! Cleaning your digestive tract is the key to energy and weight management. Our overall health depends on the digestive tract.
Learn to eat foods that work with your body and your body will reward you. Digestion is so important in the removal of stubborn belly fat!
Learn Mindful Eating (A Bonus Step)
Slow down, you’re eating too fast. Distracted, hurried eating may add pounds and take away pleasure.
Digestion involves a complex series of hormonal signals between the gut and the nervous system, and it seems to take about 20 minutes for the brain to register satiety (fullness). If someone eats too quickly, satiety may occur after overeating instead of putting a stop to it. There’s also reason to believe that eating while we’re distracted by activities like driving or typing may slow down or stop digestion in a manner similar to how the “fight or flight” response does. And if we’re not digesting well, we may be missing out on the full nutritive value of some of the food we’re consuming.
9 Foods to Avoid to Reduce Stubborn Belly Fat
Consider removing these foods for 30 days. You’ll see how your body reacts without them. If you do this…take note that the first couple of days will not be easy! But once you figure out the foods that work WITH your body, you’ll appreciate the couple of days you went through for this.
The reason is so you know how you feel without them because they are common allergens. After the 30 day period, you can slowly add these foods back into your diet if you really want to. Typically, you’ll feel so much better that you won’t want to add them back in.
Not only does alcohol contain a ton of sugar, drinking a lot of alcohol will cause dehydration and water retention.
You probably already know if you have celiac disease. Have you considered that you may have some gluten sensitivities? The gluten in your diet could trigger inflammation that causes bloating and many other issues including leaky gut.
You might be lactose intolerant and not know it. Guess what is a symptom of lactose intolerance? Gas and bloating!
Sugar & artificial sweeteners
Sugar and artificial sweeteners make you feel good for a moment, but they always leave you wanting more. Plus, too much sugar is terrible for your blood sugar levels. Learn about all the foods and drink you consume that contain sugar and consider seriously cutting back or eliminating sugar from your diet.
Sugary beverages add to stubborn belly fat! Water is the best choice, but if you have a hard time cutting back on sodas try this soda replacement.
Processed foods can be difficult for your body to digest. Plus, they are typically full of carbs, sodium, and no telling what else. Cut back or greatly reduce the processed foods in your diet to help reduce stubborn belly fat.
Whey has a tendency to cause bloat, especially if you’re lactose intolerant since it’s made from cow’s milk. To avoid this painfully annoying bloat, try going for plant-based protein powders and foods. Some brands have almost as much muscle-building and hunger-killing protein as whey but are better for sensitive tummies. Source
There are a few other foods including Soy, Vinegar, and Corn that you may want to remove during the 30-day challenge. The goal of removing these foods is to jumpstart healthy eating habits that will aid in digestion and reduce bloating including stubborn belly fat. You might lose a few pounds as well!
The goal is to feel better from the inside out.
Don’t forget to use your smart coffee! You’ll avoid cravings and it will help you maintain a better mood while you are removing these foods!