What is Belly Fat?
Belly fat is actually metabolically different than other fat found under our skin. Belly fat is caused by a rise in insulin levels, also known as the fat storage hormone.
What Elevates Insulin Levels?
Low fat diets. For example, low fat yogurt and low fat milk or cereals. “Low fat” typically = added sugar or salt to make up for the missing fat.
Diets high in oxidized oils
Diets high in processed foods
Diets high in sugar
What's the Big Problem with Belly Fat?
Belly fat is anabolic, meaning fat cells are hungry for more fat cells, resulting in more fat around your waistline before you know it.
People who retain belly fat also gain weight back quickly after they lose it. These are the kind of people whose weight tends to yo-yo.
Belly fat can often indicate an unhealthy liver. Excess fat cells in our liver will often appear on the body as belly fat.
Belly fat negatively affects metabolism, leading to insulin resistance and type II diabetes.
So What's the Solution?
- Consume foods that digest more slowly. Foods such as complex carbohydrates (squash, carrots, whole grains) and healthy fats (olive oil, avocado, coconut oil, and ghee), decrease insulin levels and cause belly fat to simply melt away". You can starve those fat cells!
- Shift to a paleo or plant based diet
- Eliminate refined sugars and carbohydrates that jack up insulin levels
Remember, food isn't just calories. As Dr. Mark Hyman, physician and international leader in the field of Functional Medicine says, food tells your cells what to do with every single bite. So upgrade your biological software, don’t give your body bad information!