|Ask the WOW Lady|
|Written by Christine Awram|
How the Pantyhose Hop led to banishing the belly fat blues
We’ve all been there. You balance on one leg while you insert Foot A into a pair of pantyhose, and then switch legs to get the other side going with Foot B. Hopping on the opposite leg is a finely developed female skill when it comes to the art of wearing pantyhose. Hopefully you didn’t buy a reject brand, with the crotch hugging your knees.
So there I was doing the Pantyhose Hop, but with a new development. I kept hopping until I ran into a wall, because I couldn’t get Foot B in. What on earth was getting in the way of my second leg?
Was it my...stomach? Shriek of horror! Who stole my flat belly? Surely I’d been drugged and body parts had been switched in my sleep?
Hormonal changes and stressed adrenals had conspired to pack on belly fat like a momma bear going into hibernation. It snuck up on me while I wasn’t looking.
So while my pantyhose are now exiled to the bottom layer of my underwear drawer, in case of a sneaky counterattack, let’s talk about how I’m going to banish the belly fat blues.
The adrenals are part of your backup support system during menopause, and chronic stress wipes them out before you get there. So the body holds onto more fat to have a ready supply of estrogen. Your abdomen is also a target for the stress hormone cortisol, so if you’re experiencing chronic stress your cortisol remains high and your body deposits more fat to the belly.
Managing your stress and adrenals will help balance your hormones and eliminate belly fat. Some simple stress busters include quiet time, nature walks, deep breathing, meditation, walking, hydration, and regular breaks in your daily routine. Adding 1000mg of Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) to your supplement program also helps repair and rebalance your adrenals.
A diet high in refined sugar leads straight to the belly. Why? Spikes in blood sugar lead to higher insulin levels, and the increased insulin will deposit fat directly on your tummy.
The solution? Less sugar and carbs obviously, but one simple tip that isn’t so obvious is to always make pure protein your first food of the day. Nuts, eggs (no toast), or a protein drink with no fruit or sugar. Why? Pure protein as your first food stimulates a release of glucagon, which burns fat. Whereas carbs and sugars stimulate a release of insulin, which stores fat. You can also add chromium to your supplement program, to further stimulate fat burning.
The Right Fats
Your body needs fat, so start reprogramming the No Fat mindset. Instead, steer away from margarine and saturated fats, processed foods and excess sugar. Include good fats like avocado, olive oil, wild salmon, free range eggs, nuts and seeds. Omega-3, besides it’s many health benefits, also reduces the output of adrenaline. This again helps manage the effects of stress and leads back to more balanced hormones and less belly fat.
Make your wellbeing a priority. You’re the only one in charge of it, and it’s never up to anyone else. Ever. Accountability begins and ends with you. You’re a Woman Of Worth, and WOW Women do not dilute their power with an ongoing onslaught of fast food, chemicals and chaos. Embrace moderation, while honouring the magnificent YOU that you are.
“You have to know you’re worth it, before you can just do it.”