Tuesday, 24 September 2013

VASER, Nutrition and the mummy tummy

Most women find it frustrating trying to lose stubborn pockets of fat.  The odd crash-diet interspersed with motivated sessions of gym attendance and denying one-self the weekend night out with the girls.  These are all realistic attempts at reducing lower body fat.
This is an all to frequent scenario of many women that cannot get rid of the mummy tummy.  One of the main reasons is something called Oestrogen (Estrogen) dominance.  One of the most prevalent hormones floating around women's bodies is Estrogen.  It is a major player in fat storage.  
The anatomical areas that are mostly affected are the hips, thighs and buttocks as they have high concentrations of Estrogen receptors.  Hormonal imbalances are created by poor diet and lifestyle choices over a long period of time and hence result in disproportionate deposition of fat in those areas over time.  Women thus have a propensity for storing fat in those areas.  In addition, there is also a evolutionary reason (going back to the hunter gatherer days) for fat storage in those areas.
It goes without saying that stabilising the hormonal imbalance will help reduce those stubborn pockets.

A few tips to try regulate the Estrogen balance:
1. Refined carbohydrates and Sugars must be one of the first items to be eliminated from your diet.  Sugars play an important part in a cycle that controls conversion of testosterone to estradiol, this increasing fat deposition in the lower body area.

2. Green, leafy vegetables - these all contain compounds that have high levels of estrogen detoxifying abilities and thus reduce the levels of the hormone.  Examples include broccoli, asparagus, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower.

3. Vit B6, Vit B12, Folic acid, Zinc, Magnesium are all important elements in liver metabolism (Estrogen detox).  Thus a good idea to take a high quality Vit B complex, zinc, magnesium supplement if you cannot attain this from your food intake.

Other hormones involved in lipid metabolism
Cortisol, Thyroid & Insulin and Growth Hormones also play an important role in fat metabolism.  There is a fair amount of evidence that where people store their body fat is an indication of their hormonal profile.  Insulin around the flanks (love-handles) and Cortisol around the mid-rif.
Insulin is probably the main player here as it is the fat storage powerhouse and fortunately we can control it.  Insulin levels respond to levels of sugar in the bloodstream.  It is an anabolic hormone which results in fat storage.  It also results in low energy levels (hence the sleepy feeling after lunch).
High insulin levels prevent fat from being used as an energy source and rather result in fat being stored.......!!!!!
Cortisol is the stress hormone and results in deposition of fat around the belly button or mid-rif.  If you eat too infrequently your body becomes stressed and thus releases Cortisol.  Its thus important to eat regularly (approx. every 3 hours) and not only when your body desires.  Human endocrinology cycles are an ongoing functional process and thus need to be 'fed' regularly.  That feeling of starving in between meals results in cravings for sugars and carbs which then result in a wicked Insulin/Cortisol yo-yo effect.  RESULT -> love handles and belly.........

It suffices to say that a combination of diet, exercise, a targeted supplementation program and lifestyle modifications can improve your hormone imbalances and thus effectively manage your body fat levels.  Blast away that MUMMY TUMMY........and if you are really struggling and come to your wits end VASER is always an option

Other useful tips:
Drink green tea!- high in anti-oxidants
Omega 3 Fish oils (increase E2 decrease E16)
Avoid tap water (Britain’s water supply contains large amounts of estrogen)
Birth control pills (increase estrogen levels)
Don't overdo Spin classes or other aerobic exercises - high intensity interval training is more efficient for fat loss as it results in EPOC (Extended Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption)

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