All my weight tends to go straight to my stomach. I am not "overweight" but I believe that I am overfat.
I'm 27 and Asian, and have very small breasts. I feel like any ounce of fat goes straight to my stomach. Even at my lower weights, about 14 pounds less than I am now, I had a stomach with more fat than my breasts, which just looked unattractive...you know, with my stomach sticking out further than my breasts.
Will reducing carbs help me lose belly fat? I am trying to do more cardio and weight lifting in hopes that it will help, but am hoping for some new insight.
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on March 24, 2012
at 05:54 AM
I would read this and look for portions talking about IA:
The below advice is for IA. He has advice for others as well in the article...
- If you are primarily an ???apple???, pre diabetic, or trying to lose stubborn belly fat ??? the last 10-20 pounds, your primary focus should be on eating a non-inflammatory diet. For the most part, this means cutting back on certain fats ??? trans fats (anything ???partially hydrogenated??? on the nutrition label), vegetable fats high in omega-6 oils, and perhaps certain saturated fats like those in meat, milk, butter or cheese from grain-fed cows. As mentioned above, the question of which saturated fats are ???pro-inflammatory??? is controversial. The strongest evidence that connects saturated fatty acids to brain insulin resistance is for palmitic acid, but that does not mean all saturated fatty acids cause insulin resistance. In any case, don???t shun non-inflammatory fats like fish oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. Adding these to your meals can help reverse IA obesity. I???ve personally found coconut oil to be great for energy and weight loss.
Because consuming high levels of sugar in the diet (fructose, sucrose or syrups that contain them) causes output of pro-inflammatory palmitic acid, foods containing sugar should be restricted. If you are lean and have a have a healthy liver, I see nothing wrong with fructose in moderate quantitates. The daily apple will not hurt you, but the excessive amounts of sugar in sodas, pastries, ice cream, bread (which contains sugar) sweet fruit ??? make you (or maintain you as) both a ???pear??? and an???apple???.
In addition to avoiding high levels of certain fatty acids and sugars, inflammation can also be reversed by a few additional steps: ???ensuring adequate intake anti-inflammatory micronutrients such as Vitamin D and magnesium ???high intensity exercise, intermittent fasting, cold showers and other hormetic stressors which upregulate anti-inflammatory brain compounds such as BDNF
Caveats. In making the above suggestions, I would like to make a disclaimer: This post is primarily about a new paradigm of obesity, but I realize that people are looking for specific dietary recommendations. The above dietary advice is based upon my best attempt to interpret two general principles regarding the effects of triglycerides and inflammation on the appetite center of the hypothalamus. In doing this, I am relying on a large body of empirical evidence that is sometimes ambiguous or contradictory ??? for example, regarding which saturated fats are pro-inflammatory, and which are protective. And so I may be wrong about the hypothalamic effect of this or that specific food. Despite this uncertainly, the HH provides a test for deciding whether a food or practice is obesogenic and leads to overeating: namely whether it raises triglycerides or inflames the hypothalamus. And it is also apparent that these guidelines for foods to avoid cut across conventional macronutrient categories like ???fat??? and ???carbohydrate???, since the hypothalamus does not sort things out that way.
on March 24, 2012
at 09:30 AM
Get your hormones checked. High cortisol and high androgens are a recipe for an apple-shaped figure, high estrogen makes you pear-shaped.
on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM
I can't really do it any more because I get hypoglycaemia, but IF seemed to remove belly fat better than anything else for me.
Also HIIT is good in my experience too.
on March 24, 2012
at 05:20 AM
I know sarah-ann suggested IF but for my n=1 (as well as having Bea Arthur Devany say this), I feel like IF has significantly increased my cortisol levels. I'd like to eat whenever I am hungry but for me, I happen to do IF unintentionally. I'm not saying it will happen to you, but keep it in mind, IF is not guaranteed to shrink your belly fat. You can try reducing carbs, but I tried VLC also (<20 g/day) and I felt sh*tty so I gave that up too. I'm still trying to find that one thing that works for me diet-wise. I know Mark Sisson has argued against chronic cardio but it really does help for me. Hopefully you're not like me and you actually find something that works for you!