Everyone is built differently, which means we all carry fat differently and in different areas on our body. Women's Fitness magazine recently discovered ways we can determine what each of our “fat type” is, therefore making it easier for us to lose weight in the long term. Here are some of the examples of how us ladies carry that unwanted fat around and how to help get rid of it for good.
Just because you're skinny doesn't mean you aren't carrying around high levels of internal fat. The fatty deposits, known as visceral fat, can accumulate around vital organs and can be linked to many health risks such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. To get rid of this internal fat you have to live a heathy lifestyle, which means reducing levels of refined sugar such as pasta and sweet treats and substitute them for healthy food such as vegetables and lean protein.
Fat around your tummy area could be an indicator of an unhealthy liver. And that's not good – mainly because this organ is important for filtering out toxins like alcohol and medication. It's also what keeps your digestive system working properly. The liver also helps absorb certain vitamins and minerals along with regulating hormones like oestrogen and insulin. If this organ isn't working properly there is no diet that will help you lose weight. To kick start a healthy liver you should start your day with a hot cup of water and lemon and add vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower to your meals. These vegetables have special sulphur compounds that will help get rid of toxins from your body. You should also cut back on alcohol and avoid foods such as high-fructose corn syrup and artificial colours.
In this day and age it is hard to live a life without stress. But stress actually reduces digestive function and lowers our metabolic rate. Research has shown that women who are stressed burned 104 less calories after a high-fat meal than those who were more relaxed. And chronic stress can actual raise levels of the cortisol hormone, making it more difficult to lose weight. To help reduce stress fat, it's suggested you cut out processed foods and replace them with Vitamin C rich foods such as Kiwis and blueberries. Omega 3-rich foods such as salmon help to keep cortisol levels balanced. Exercise and meditation are also great ways to help reduce stress.
It may not be easy to get the recommended hours of sleep each night but it's vital to try. Research has shown that not getting enough sleep could lead to weight gain of up to two pounds in less than a week because the less you sleep, the more likely you are to eat unhealthy snacks. Experts suggest getting your bedtime routine in check by going to bed around the same time each night and getting up at the same time each morning. Don't drink caffeine close to bedtime.
Fit but Fat
If you work out and eat a healthy diet but are still not losing weight it may be time to add more to your work out. Add weight training to your cardio workout to help with the fat loss and to help transform your body's shape. But don't give up on cardio altogether. The best workout is a varied one. Continue taking your cardio classes but just switch it up each week and add weight classes to your schedule.