7 Top Secrets to Get Rid of Stubborn Fat

Dr. Sean Daneshmand has been nominated as a “Top Doctor in San Diego” as published in San Diego Magazine continuously since 2008-2018. 

We know how frustrating it can be trying to get rid of stubborn fat, but there are things you can do to increase fat burning in areas that are known to be tricky – like belly fat, underarms, flanks, butt, etc. If you find that regular exercise and dieting are not enough to get you that perfect figure, try combining several fat-burning methods so your efforts don’t go to waste. Here are 7 top secrets to get rid of stubborn fat:

  • Scan nutrition facts for artificial ingredients

Processed foods are the worst when it comes to gaining weight – or more specifically, trying to get rid of excess weight. Beverages that contain a high amount of processed sugars and artificial sweeteners are just as bad as eating chips and other deep-fried snacks. Some research suggests that artificial sweeteners actually make it more difficult to lose weight and one of the reasons attributed to this is the effect fake sugar has on metabolism. Sweeteners interfere with metabolic function and this can make regular weight methods ineffective, at least when it comes to losing stubborn fat.

Another way that sweeteners mess up our weight loss efforts is by changing the way we use our taste buds; so food that we previously found sweet becomes less tasty because we have been accustomed to highly refined sugars.

  • Drink green tea

Green tea contains high amounts of antioxidants – which your body needs to get rid of toxins and to boost the immune system. Green tea also contains caffeine, which, as you know, improves metabolic function. If you’re looking to swap out fruit juice or your regular beverage for something healthier and more exotic, try green tea – there are many different tastes and combinations, but all of it essentially comes from herbal extracts.

  • Dig into high-protein foods

Eat foods that are rich in proteins, that way, your body can build more muscle and increase energy use. Protein won’t make you gain weight; instead, it will boost your metabolic rate and also act as the fuel that muscles need to stay active and burn fat. To keep your protein levels high, eat more eggs, beans, oats, dairy, white meats, and don’t forget to include healthy fats like avocado and salmon.

  • Boost fiber intake

Fiber is extremely important in weight loss and getting enough of it in your diet can help you bust out of a workout plateau. Soluble fiber improves the digestive process, so eating enough of it means that your body is able to get more nutrients from food, eliminate waste more easily, and reduce the amount of cholesterol in your system. Furthermore, fiber also helps reduce instances of bloating and constipation, both of which occur when the digestive system is disrupted.

Another way that fiber can help you get rid of weight is by suppressing hunger. This happens because fiber is very slow to digest, and that leaves you full for longer. You can get fiber from foods like lentils, pea risotto, or banana-walnut bran muffin.

  • Get your shut-eye

We know that sleep plays a part in weight management but what you may not know is that getting enough quality sleep enables the body to regulate hunger hormones in a way that reduces visceral fat. For the best results, sleep the recommended 7-8 hours every night and keep the room completely dark to improve quality of sleep. Avoid watching TV or using the computer right before bed, and maintain a regular sleeping pattern. In the long term, quality sleep will go a long way in keeping you healthy.

  • Address portion control

Do you pile food on your plate like it’s your last meal on earth? Portion size is a major reason for gaining weight and a lot of times we ignore the size of the food on the plate but it has a big impact on your ability to lose weight. There’s plenty of research that shows how portion size impacts weight loss. According to one UK study about portion size and weight loss, reducing portion size (not what you eat) can lead to reduction of visceral fat by up to 14 percent over a period six weeks.

  • Cut out booze

Alcohol contains a surprisingly high amount of calories. A
beer for instance, will give you  about
150 calories, which, if you consider your own drinking habits, can lead to
weight gain and make that gut almost impossible to get rid of. This is not
healthy calories we’re talking about here; alcohol contains zero nutrients – so
whatever calories you get are packed as fat. The only exception here is wine,
which does boost cardiovascular health.

Cutting out alcohol will improve your results in the gym and
make it possible to lose visceral fat without even changing your current diet. Drop
alcohol from your lifestyle and drink more water instead; and watch as the
weight comes off.

What Is CBD? What You Need to Know About Cannabidiol, its Benefits, and its Safety

Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about
cannabidiol — more commonly referred to as CBD or CBD oil. Although technically
discovered in the 1940s, CBD has recently become popular as all kinds of people
tout its benefits. As with any “new” item on the market, having a lot of
information available means there is also a lot of disinformation floating
around. Here’s what you need to know about CBD before making a decision on
whether it’s right for you or your kids.

What Is
CBD?

To put it succinctly, CBD is one of many
compounds (cannabinoids) present in cannabis
sativa,
otherwise known as marijuana (or hemp). However, the most important
distinction between CBD and marijuana’s more famous compound — THC — is that
CBD does not have psychotropic effects. In other words, it doesn’t get you
high. So, what does it do then? Well, according
to proponents
, CBD can help people treat and/or manage a
variety of ailments and health concerns (mental and physical). CBD is the
compound, while CBD oil is the end result of extracting CBD and infusing it in
a neutral oil.

For more on the basics of CBD, check out this overview from Remedy Review —
it’ll help to answer additional questions you may have. It’s important to have
all the facts before you or anyone you care for considers using CBD oil.

Really?
It Doesn’t Get You High?

No. You’d need enough CBD to fill a bathtub to
give you any psychoactive effects. The most “euphoria” CBD can give you is
similar to what you feel after exercise (a runner’s high). On the other hand,
CBD users report that it is more useful as a relaxant.

What
Are the Benefits?

The short answer: it depends. The long answer
is that there are plenty of users, researchers, and doctors who will report myriad positive benefits — but
harnessing the power of pure CBD (as opposed to the power of marijuana on the
whole) is new. We are still figuring out its effects.

But as Greatist points out, due to the FDA
approval of a particular medication containing CBD, we know for a fact that it
helps with epilepsy — specifically pediatric epilepsy. The following potential
benefits have been supported anecdotally or in limited research:

  • Anxiety relief
  • Help with depression
  • PTSD management
  • Pain relief
  • Nausea relief
  • Improved skin
  • Heart and brain health
  • Help during substance abuse
    recovery

Is It
Safe?

Once again, research into CBD is in a nascent stage (furthermore,
research into marijuana, in general, is hampered by governmental restrictions).
This means we don’t yet know everything there is to know about CBD’s effects.
CBD derivatives are safe enough to gain FDA approval in
some seizure drugs, but that doesn’t mean you can give it to your child. Signs
point to it being safe (the World Health Organization has recently claimed as much), but you
should consult your doctor before using CBD oil on yourself or your children.

Finally,
Is It legal?

Due to conflicting regulations on the state
and federal levels, this question can be complicated. For the most part, as of
this writing, CBD oil should be fully legal in all US
states except for Idaho, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Marijuana has been used in a medicinal capacity for centuries,
and its recent legalization in many places has made it even more popular. CBD
offers many of the same health benefits without the high. Because of this, many
are hailing it as a “wonder drug” of sorts for people of all ages. While it is
certainly promising, the research is not yet conclusive. Do your own research,
learn as much as you can, and talk to people you trust before making any decisions.

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