Here are seven ways to help you fight against harmful belly fat:
Practice intermittent fasting, and eat a ketogenic diet.
These strategies can help support your energy production in the mitochondria and dramatically reduce your intake of carbohydrates and poor quality fats. My book, Fat for Fuel, walks you through the steps to rescue your mitochondria and to teach your body to burn fat for fuel.
Drink plenty of clear, clean water.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to protect your body from the effects of stress. Dehydration affects your body’s release of cortisol and alters your metabolism.
Get enough quality sleep.
Being well-rested helps you control stress. Lack of sleep can lead to an increase in cortisol, disrupt your metabolism and impair cognition.
Optimize your vitamin C levels.
Vitamin C helps protect your body against the effects of stress and supports healthy blood sugar levels, which affects the release of cortisol.
Minimize your intake of carbohydrates.
When you consume carbs, your body produces insulin, which works with cortisol to help regulate your blood sugar levels. Reducing your carbohydrate intake (which also happens when you eat a ketogenic diet) reduces your insulin secretion and the accumulation of visceral, or belly, fat.
Moderates the digestion and utilization of carbs in your gut.
A special probiotic strain called Lactobacillus gasseri, BNR17™ from human breast milk positively affects your metabolic health via your gut by supporting healthy body fat, blood glucose levels, as well as gut transit and bowel health.
When you experience on-going stress, your “fight or flight” adrenal steroid known as cortisol increases fat distribution to your abdominal area.
Because your gastrointestinal flora plays a major role in your metabolic health, it only makes sense to support your digestion and metabolism through your gut.
Researchers have identified a probiotic strain called Lactobacillus gasseri, BNR17™ that’s clinically shown to be one of the single best strains for both digestive and metabolic health.
What is Lactobacillus gasseri, BNR17™?
Lactobacillus gasseri, BNR17™ is an acid- and bile-tolerant lactic acid-producing bacteria isolated from human breast milk. Each 250 mg serving provides 10 billion CFU of beneficial probiotics for a healthy gut microbiome.
Because it is acid- and bile-tolerant, it can resist both acid and bile, and withstand the harsh conditions in your stomach to reach your intestines. Once it reaches its destination, it adheres to intestinal cells to positively influence gut health.
L. gasseri is part of the normal microbial flora of your intestinal tract and is closely related to the Lactobacillus acidophilus group of organisms.
What makes L. gasseri, BNR17™ stand apart from other Lactobacillus probiotics is the way it works...
When you eat carbohydrates, L. gasseri, BNR17™ converts them in your gut to indigestible fibers called exopolysaccharides, or EPS for short. Your body can’t digest or utilize these converted carbs, so they are carried out of your body undigested as wastes.