Are you struggling to cope with the mid-life metabolism slump? Our metabolism naturally slows as we age—and so do our body’s hormonal levels. This challenging mix often results in stubborn belly fat, one of the most common “problems” for middle-aged women (or men and women of any age).
Here are a few research-backed tips for reducing weight gain around your middle.
1. Stand more (if and when you can)
You burn more calories when your body is in motion. A person who weighs roughly 143 pounds could potentially burn 54 more calories a day just by standing, according to a published retrospective analysis of studies on standing desks. Another study published last winter in Obesity links sitting with higher levels of abdominal fat and a type of fat that accumulates around organs like the liver, which increases your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
2. Three may be your new lucky number
It may be time to rethink the recent craze of eating frequent, small meals throughout the day instead of the traditional 3-meal approach. The most recent studies suggest that your waistline may benefit from 3 square meals that are properly timed and proportioned. Experts recommend a hearty breakfast with lean protein, eating your main meal at lunch, and enjoying a light supper before 7 pm. If you love eating out, try ordering appetizers as entrees or taking doggie bags home with leftovers to avoid consuming too many calories at once. Of course, consult your doctor for more specific nutritional guidance based on your needs.
3. Keep stress in check
Did you know that chronic stress raises your body’s level of cortisol, the stress hormone? Chronically high cortisol levels make it easier for your body to accumulate fat in your belly. Easy ways to reduce stress include exercise, walking, meditating, getting more sleep.
4. Get help!
If you or a loved one has been battling stubborn belly fat for years, it’s time get extra help. CoolSculpting® was specifically designed to tame your belly pooch and other problem areas. This non-invasive fat reduction technology freezes away your trouble spots for gradual improvements without downtime. To learn more, call 303.322.0500 or schedule a consultation with us today.