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1 Surprising Secret to Losing Belly Fat!

Here’s one tip that will help you lose those extra inches around the waist and mid-section! Be sure to listen to the entire video to get some specific tips on losing fat, namely belly fat!

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1 Little Known Condition Causing Weight Gain in Women Over 35!

If you are like me and have been frustrated with extra fat and bloating around your waist and abdomen, you will also be pleased to know that sometimes those extra pounds have little to do with how many crunches you’re doing or how much less food you’re eating and everything to do with a shift in hormones that happens with almost everyone over the age of thirty-five. Excess fat is often due to a hormonal imbalance called estrogen dominance, which can occur primarily in women but sometimes in men, also. If you don’t address estrogen dominance, your stubborn fat will likely remain and be impossible to lose no matter how much you cut down on calories or work out.

Estrogen is one of the two main hormones produced in the ovaries. The other, progesterone, is produced primarily in the second half of a woman’s menstrual cycle. When women reach their thirties and forties, it is very common for the balance between the two hormones to shift heavily toward estrogen, causing the condition known as estrogen dominance, resulting in night sweats, depression, fatigue, weight gain, anxiety, blood sugar imbalance, low sex drive, dry skin and hair, cellulite, and brain fog. Too much estrogen in the body also causes salt and water retention, making us look bloated, flabby, and soft. However, the estrogen and progesterone levels can be balanced to relieve these symptoms.

In women, and oftentimes men, higher estrogen levels cause the body to store fat around the waist and abdomen area. More specifically, in women, estrogen dominance causes fat to be stored around the stomach, waist, hips, and thighs, causing us to look round or pear-shaped once we get in our forties. For men, it causes them to have the fat belly that looks like a spare tire around their waist.

Here are six ways to address excess fat caused by estrogen dominance are:

1. Maintain healthy liver function and regular bowel movements (at least once a day) to eliminate excess estrogen from the body.

2. Eliminate sugar and starch from your diet. Get sugar out of your diet if you want to lose body fat. By sugar, I mean candy and sweets, of course, but really any starchy, processed foods that cause insulin spikes resulting in excess fat in the body. If you want to reduce fatigue and weight (fat) gain, try to have no more than two servings of starchy carbohydrates—such as potatoes and corn—per day and avoid sugary sweets altogether.

3. Eat more fiber. Fiber from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables helps to move estrogen out of the body, which helps prevent it from building up and creating a hormonal burden on your system.

4. Avoid alcohol. It spurs the production of harmful estrogen. In fact, even one glass of alcohol a day can raise estrogen levels

5. Eat more detoxifying foods. Add plenty of detoxifying foods to your diet, including broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, beets, carrots, apples, ginger, onions, and celery. Eat at least five servings of fresh fruits and veggies per day. In particular, dark leafy green veggies, such as spinach, collards, and kale, are ideal. Regarding fruit, the brighter and deeper the color the better; great choices are oranges, blackberries, and apples.

6. Use natural hormone therapy, called bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), to restore hormonal balance.  Bio-identical hormones are hormones derived from plants, usually soybeans or wild yams, through a biochemical process that ensures that the molecular structure is identical to the hormones women make in their own bodies.  In my new book, Lose Weight Without Dieting or Working Out, I have a detailed discussion that focuses on where and how to use bio-identical hormones and where to get them.  I’m grateful that bio-identical hormones helped me to relieve my symptoms of estrogen dominance by allowing me to naturally increase the progesterone levels in my body.

The good news is that estrogen dominance can be treated, and once your hormones have been properly balanced, the stubborn fat will begin to melt away.   Most women who address estrogen dominance can lose the stubborn fat, especially belly fat, within one to two months. For me personally, to have my stomach literally deflate from bloated to flat happened within a few short weeks. Yay!

For a more detailed discussion of estrogen dominance, as well as 6 other hormonal imbalances that can cause weight gain, check out my new book, Lose Weight Without Dieting or Working Out!

JJ Smith (www.JJSmithOnline.com) is a nutritionist and certified weight-management specialist who has been featured on The Montel Williams Show, The Jamie Foxx Show and on the NBC, FOX, CBS and CW networks. Her advice has also been featured in the pages of Glamour, Essence, and Ladies Home Journal. Since reclaiming her health, losing weight, and discovering a “second youth” in her forties, bestselling author JJ Smith has become the voice of inspiration to women who want to lose weight, be healthy, and get their sexy back! JJ may be contacted by email at info@jjsmithonline.com and on Twitter: jjsmithonline and Facebook Page: RealTalkJJ

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1 Tip to Get Rid of Belly Fat

One of the questions most commonly asked of me is, “How do I get rid of belly fat?” So, let’s discuss belly fat in general and then discuss 1 tip to help reduce belly fat.

Stress is a key factor that affects belly fat. When you are stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol (also known as stress hormone). Studies have shown that when cortisol is released into the bloodstream, you become less sensitive to leptin, the hormone that tells your brain you are full. When this happens, you tend to eat more and more and begin to crave sugar. And fat caused by stress tends to get stored in the belly.

So, 1 tip to get rid of belly fat is to reduce stress in your life. Follow these tips:

• Place “happy photos” at work and in your car (like on the visor). When you look at them, they will immediately take you to a happy place, causing stress levels to decrease.

• Make love. The more we make love, the more endorphins our brains release. These “neuro-hormones” that are released in the brain act as natural painkillers and help to alleviate anxiety.
• Schedule “playtime” with your significant other or children. Doing fun things like miniature golf, bowling, and seeing a movie can take your mind off your stress.

• Smile often and laugh a lot. If you have a favorite comedian, include a CD in your car to listen to as you drive to and from work. Or watch movies that make you laugh out loud. Or listen to music that calms you down or makes you sing along.

• Get a massage. Deep-pressure massage stimulates the nerves that cause levels of the stress hormone cortisol to diminish. Research has also shown that those who give massages reduce their own levels of stress hormones.

• Get moving. It is well documented that regular physical activity or exercise helps to alleviate stress and raise body temperature, which helps the body prepare for sleep. There’s strong evidence that moderate exercise like brisk walking activates the “feel good” neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, which reduce the symptoms of depression.

• Build better relationships. The biggest enemy of good health is stress. The biggest enemy of stress is solid relationships with other people. So show more respect and compassion to other people, even more than you feel they deserve. This might seem to hurt you in the short term, but it is a sure investment in the long term.

• Sleep more. Too many Americans are sleep-deprived. However, I can honestly say I am not one of them. I am a huge fan of sleep. I get my eight hours of sleep every night, and if I fall short one night, I make up for it over the weekend. Sleep is the body’s way of recharging the system and is the easiest yet most underrated activity to heal the body. Sleep also helps to eliminate puffy red eyes and dark circles. There isn’t anything that can compensate for lack of sleep. Lack of sleep accelerates wear and tear, accelerating aging, and pushes the body out of its natural balance and rhythm. Short-changing sleep time or going to bed stressed interferes with the best time for losing those extra pounds. So be sure to relax or meditate before going to sleep. Relaxing causes cortisol levels to drop, which will in turn help your body burn more calories. In short, getting enough sleep helps you burn more calories at night and during the day.

To get the most effective ways to get rid of belly fat, check out my new book, Lose Weight Without Dieting or Working Out! you will be surprised at how easily this can be accomplished!

JJ Smith (www.JJSmithOnline.com) is a nutritionist and certified weight-management specialist who has been featured on The Montel Williams Show, The Jamie Foxx Show and on the NBC, FOX, CBS and CW networks. Her advice has also been featured in the pages of Glamour, Essence, and Ladies Home Journal. Since reclaiming her health, losing weight, and discovering a “second youth” in her forties, bestselling author JJ Smith has become the voice of inspiration to women who want to lose weight, be healthy, and get their sexy back! JJ may be contacted by email at info@jjsmithonline.com and on Twitter: jjsmithonline and Facebook Page: RealTalkJJ

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If You Clean the Gut, You Lose the Gut!

We all know what belly fat is; we see it every day when we walk out of the house. Although it is very common, most people do not know that belly fat is the most dangerous fat on the body. Belly fat, known as visceral fat, is located behind your abdominal wall and surrounds your internal organs. Visceral fat typically shows as the belly fat/spare tire around the waist and mid-section. Even thin people can begin to store excess weight around the stomach and midsection. Visceral fat contains toxins and substances that are harmful to our health and can affect the nervous system and the endocrine (hormonal) system, which ends up affecting metabolism and appetite.

Most people do not know that belly fat is the most dangerous fat on the body. Because of where it’s located around the delicate organs, it has the potential to destroy good health, or worse yet, kill you. Because belly fat resides within striking distance of your heart, liver, and other organs, it is to blame for many health conditions. According to a 2006 study published in the journal Obesity, visceral fat is a significant predictor of early death. In other words, visceral fat means you have an increased risk for a shortened life. Even if you removed visceral fat via liposuction, it may cause you to look physically better, but it does little for improving your health because the dangers of visceral fat would still exist for you. The good news is that even a minimal amount of physical activity and dietary changes will go a long way in shrinking visceral fat.

Studies have shown that exposing yourself to an excessive amount of environmental toxins increases belly fat. Thus, a very effective way to address this visceral fat/belly fat is to eliminate toxins from the body. Detoxifying the body and eliminating toxins can be accomplished through various detoxification methods. Detoxification is a total-body cleansing process that removes toxins from the body. Detoxification is critical to losing fat because many of the toxins the body holds onto are stored in fat cells. In my new book, Lose Weight Without Dieting or Working Out!. I share ten ways to detoxify the body including Colonics, Saunas, Body Brushing and many others so that you can reduce the toxic overload and reduce belly fat.

JJ Smith (www.JJSmithOnline.com) is a nutritionist and certified weight-management specialist who has been featured on The Montel Williams Show, The Jamie Foxx Show and on the NBC, FOX, CBS and CW networks. Her advice has also been featured in the pages of Glamour, Essence, and Ladies Home Journal. Since reclaiming her health, losing weight, and discovering a “second youth” in her forties, bestselling author JJ Smith has become the voice of inspiration to women who want to lose weight, be healthy, and get their sexy back! JJ may be contacted by email at info@jjsmithonline.com and on Twitter: jjsmithonline and Facebook Page: RealTalkJJ

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