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Posted on: July 3, 2015 at 3:10 am
Last updated: September 21, 2017 at 10:50 pm

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Belly fat impacts more than just how you look in a swimsuit. Today, about 69% of American adults are overweight — leading to an increased risk for numerous chronic illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.

Many hormones contribute to belly fat, but the most powerful is insulin: Elevated insulin levels signal your body to store belly fat. Eventually your cells become insulin resistant, and your body starts to hold on to that spare tire for dear life.

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So in order to trim belly fat, you need to produce less insulin. And the number one way to do that? Reduce your sugar intake.Sugar — especially in processed, junky foods — hijacks your brain chemistry and metabolism to create insulin resistance and all its repercussions.

Plus, unlike other calories, sugar scrambles your normal appetite controls. It’s one reason why you can’t stop reaching for your favorite comfort food.Unfortunately, Americans are overdosing on sugar, consuming an average of 22 to 30 teaspoons each day — and the repercussions are showing up as lethal belly fat.

The good news is you have the power to reverse belly fat and diabesity. I’ve seen thousands of patients do just that.By dramatically reducing sugar intake and applying these five strategies, you can normalize insulin, eliminate stubborn belly fat and promote optimal health:

  1. Eat real food.

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Nutrient-rich foods—the kind nature produces, not a big factory—keep you satisfied. And as a result, you’ll eat less.Aim for lots of green vegetables, and include protein in every meal since it keeps us fuller longer.

Getting adequate vitamins and minerals will also help your body burn calories more efficiently, regulate appetite, lower inflammation, boost detoxification, aid digestion, regulate stress hormones, and make your cells more insulin sensitive.

  1. Manage stress.

Chronic stress causes your brain to shrink—and your belly to grow.

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This article was republished with permission from Mind Body Green you can find the original article here.

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