If you are carrying extra weight through the midsection and dieting doesn't seem to work, it may help to understand why it's been so hard to lose your belly fat. The problem may not stem from overeating or lack of exercise but from stress. Stress affects you not only mentally and emotionally but physically as well. When a person is stressed, chemicals are released by the brain to the adrenal glands. The adrenals then created their own chemicals including the key adrenal problem behind belly fat, the steroid cortisol.
Cortisol increases appetite and keeps blood sugar levels and insulin high which causes the storage of excess blood sugars as fat in the belly. Unfortunately, diet changes alone do not affect belly fat and often frustrate a dieter when weight loss occurs but the belly still bulges. In fact in many cases, fixating on diet may actually increase stress producing more cortisol and more belly fat.
So how do you get out of this circle of frustration? Certainly continuing to eat healthy foods and move regularly should be part of your plan to lose belly fat. In addition, research suggests using Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and trout, walnuts and flax. Supplementation can also be done with omega-3 fish oil supplements. Be aware that fish oil has a blood thinner action. So check with your doctor before using the supplement especially if you already take blood thinners.
In addition, eat vitamin C rich foods which can help with stress and belly fat. Studies have shown that adrenal glands register vitamin C deficiency as a stress problem and increase cortisol output. Fruits such as peaches, oranges and strawberries are excellent sources of vitamin C. Vegetables including sweet red pepper, broccoli, tomatoes and cauliflower also are rich sources of vitamin C. Supplementing with Vitamin C is also an easy option especially if you are not good about eating your fruits and vegetables.
Hypnotherapy can be a valuable tool in dealing with the underlying problem of stress. By creating new tools to deal with the stress including triggering relaxation and controlling anxiety, you can stop the cycle of stress, cortisol production and belly fat.