I’ve been seeing a lot of women lately who are pre-diabetic. They have high fasting blood sugar levels, most have high triglycerides and are struggling to lose weight. Right now, I’m writing a book on Menopause and the chapter I just finished was about how to lose the Belly Fat.
Are your pants shrinking? Are you looking a pants with hidden elastic waist bands? Are loose fitting tunics all of a sudden an attractive option?
We know that Belly Fat is associated with an increase risk of Diabetes. If this is you, I’m feeling your pain, or maybe your gain, too. A widening middle is no fun, especially when trying to pull up the skinny jeans. Here’s what I know from my own experiences and from the research, there is a secret. No, it’s not some crazy fad Kumquat diet or injections of some obscure amino acid or crazy nutrient from a far off land. The best way to lose belly fat and to keep it off is to do 3 things:
- Recognize that not all hunger is physical, but has an emotional component.
- Read Laurel Mellin’s “The Three Day Solution”.
- Limit the amount of carbohydrate you eat.
- Don’t give it up, but choose the corn tortilla over the flour one, carrots over chips and a cup of blueberries mixed with greek yogurt instead of a blueberry muffin.
- Start using weights when working out.
- Seriously, since most of us have been on at least one diet in our lives, we have not only lost some fat and water, but also some lean muscle mass.
- In order to lose fat, you have to build up your muscles because they burn more calories. You can start with ankle weights or hit the gym and the machines, all the way to finding a trainer.
- Whatever you decide to do, start incorporating weight training.
I’ve been hitting the YMCA and doing both cardio and weights. Is it hard? Yes, I’m not going to lie, and are there lots of other people who are in better shape and can lift more, of course. I’m seeing lots of gym rats who must have no other life, because they’re always there, and yes, they look amazing, but I digress.
Some of my patients are hesitant to even step foot in a gym because they’re self-conscious. Please get over that quick, here’s the Nurse Barb secret: It’s just like High School, everyone is so self-absorbed they’re not looking at you, and if they are, you’re only getting a few passing thoughts, until their gaze wanders to the next person.
You don’t have to lift 1,000 pounds to tone your legs and arms, and a few sessions with weight means that you won’t need heavy machinery to help you pull up the skinny jeans. See you at the gym!