Q&A: Swimsuit Belly Busters & More

Q: How do I lose the muffin top belly fat before swimsuit season?

A: This is a question that many of us are wondering as the swimsuit season has come upon us. Here are some tips and tricks to help you lose that belly bulge that has packed on since last season.

1.) Exercise in the morning BEFORE Breakfast

Early morning exercise not only helps you beat the summer heat, it has also shown to be more effective than eating before you train.  According to The Journal of Physiology, exercising in a fasted state before breakfast entices the body to burn a larger percent of fat for fuel, rather than relying mostly on carbohydrates.

SWH Tip:  The next time your alarm goes off, instead of hitting the snooze button, get up and get moving!  Run, bicycle, walk or swim – enjoy the outdoors and your body for even a few minutes before sitting down to breakfast.  And during the day you always have the opportunity to burn those calories!  How?  Walk Like Your Late For a Meeting!

2.) Eat More Citrus Fruit

According to a study done at the University of Western Ontario, naringenin, a flavanoid found in the fruit helps the liver to burn fat rather than storing it.  The liver is our biggest fat burning organ.

SWH Tip: Drink lemon water first thing in the morning and in between meals.  Making one of your daily servings of fruits an orange or grapefruit will help manage your belly bulge.

3.) CLA 3

CLA is known for its effectiveness as a  “fat fighter”, as well as a powerful anti-cancer compound.  The International Journal of Obesity conducted a study on adult males and found that taking CLA supplementation for a period of four weeks decreased abdominal fat significantly more than a placebo.

SWH Tip: Supplement your nutrition with Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) to reduce body fat and increase lean body mass.

4.) Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the latest ingredients found to be effective in the battle of the bulge.  A Japanese study led by Tomoo Kondo consisted of lab mice being fed a high-fat diet.  Mice that were  given acetic acid (the main ingredient in vinegar) developed up to 10 percent less body fat than the other mice.  It’s believed that acetic acid helps protein producing genes that help the body break down fats. Due to vinegars high concentration of actetic acid, it can help  you fight fat as well as increase your body’s absorption of minerals.

SWH Tip:  Eat LIGHT summer salads!  Try apple cider vinegar and lemon with a ‘drizzle’ of olive oil.

5) Make it YOUR priority to Eat, Drink & Breathe CLEAN and OFTEN!

Stress is one of the leading contributors to aging, weight gain and illness.  It is easy to get caught up in what you are doing and forget to feed your body what it needs to be at its very best!

SWH Tip: Stop, take a moment, make the small effort to feed your body well.  Take that sip of water and breathe in the oxygen we need to make all of those chemical reactions work that drive our metabolism.

Check out our BLOG for ways to make these things part of your day EASY!

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