Mel Collie | Can You Lose Belly Fat By NOT Exercising?
Well, yes and no…but..if the YES answer is the one that YOU want to hear, then get these 2 tips into your life right now:
1.Reduce your caffeine intake – thats tea as well as coffee, but also diet drinks containing caffeine too. Why? Well caffeine can increase a hormone called cortisol, which isn’t a bad hormone, we do need cortisol, but when it remains high due to caffeine intake plus stress (which can range from getting the kids to school on time to opening a gas bill to your boss giving you a deadline for a report at work, to being dehydrated) So a mix of multitasking (stop it now…) and caffeine can increase your cortisol production which can stay in your body for up to 18 hours. You might also find that any joint inflammation or pain you have will reduce as well, as caffeine can increase inflammation, worth a try if you suffer from arthritis (for example) This could be because of the chemicals in the coffee (especially ground roasted type) so if you LOVE your coffee, choose an very good brand of organic coffee bean that you ground and filter yourself. The same for tea, choose an organic leaf, as for diet drinks, theres no organic alternative, because its just aspartame and caffeine, so swap those for water or start your herbal tea addiction. I started with peppermint tea, discovered I hated fruit teas, but loved mint teas, tulsi tea, some of the clipper teas (sleepytime is lovely) and green tea
2. Sleep. Increase the quality of your sleep and your belly fat will react in a good way. Sleep is the number 12 factor in reducing your belly fat, improving your hormonal balance and reducing carb cravings the following day. Get to be by 10.30 about 5 times a week, you can do all 7 days if you want to. So lights out by 10.30, but get off the laptop/mobile an hour beforehand, take some Magnesium tablets, ensure your bedroom is really dark (blackout blinds are great if you live near street lights) turn the digital clock around to face the wall (the glow can disrupt sleep), put the mobile away from the bed or outside the door.Have a cup of Sleepytime tea (clipper) or Valerian tea – a herb that helps you sleep, so dont drink it during the day or if you are about to go for a long drive 😉
3. OK – an extra tip – Breathe deeply 10 times. Sounds easy doesnt it. OK, so as you focus on breathing deeply into your lower belly, keep the focus on the breathing, bring it back as soon as your mind wanders, this is better than counting sheep…it helps to calm the brain down, relaxing you, ready to fall off to zzzzzzzzz land.
p.s. if you hate exercise, change the word, as exercise can be a horrible word describing painful things that you might really not like. Try “movement” or “mobility” or “oiling the joints” or “age defying shapes” or “keeping young time”. Move your body more, and use those 3 tips, and see some serious changes for the rest of your life, as this is the only one you will be getting on this spinning rock.
Mel is a Pilates and holistic coach in North Wales helping clients from back, shoulder , knee and ankle pain, posture issues, fat loss, anxieties and improving sleep 🙂
She only does 1:1 sessions because thats where the magic happens, every session tailor made for your brain & body, not someone elses.