Sneaky reason you might be fighting an uphill battle! You are over 40 and you start to develop a permanent little or not so little bulge in you midsection. You are not too disturbed in the beginning since you think you will be able to get rid of it. You will go on some fast, promising diet and work out –maybe – and voila you get rid of belly fat.
Not so fast and not so easy. Not anymore. Even if you lost some weight with your diet the darn belly fat is just too stubborn and it’s hanging on to dear life. It is not going away. What to do? Really what is one supposed to do.
I am a happy person; I eat fairly healthy I exercise so I think I am doing ok. Apparently not and the reminder of that is the shock I get every time I sit down and happen to catch a glimpse of my nice fat roll embracing me all around. Just one word: Disgusting.
If all this sounds familiar to you read on and check back regularly. I am going to explore this from many angles and many sources. I will find ways to get rid of belly fat. This is a promise and I will share my information.
I don’t like to point fingers but there are some real reasons fat likes to hang on to our bellies, especially if you are over 40. We have to be aware of the reason’s that are beyond just simple over eating or not exercising.
Today the accused perpetrator is the xenoestrogen.
First of all what are xenoestrogens?
“Xenoestrogens are novel, industrially made compounds, that have estrogenic effects and differ chemically from archiestrogens (ancient, naturally occurring) produced by living organisms. Their potential ecological and human health impact is under study”… Xenoestrogens have been introduced into the environment by industrial, agricultural and chemical companies and consumers only in the last 70 years or so. (from Wikipedia)
I will not go into major detail about xenoestrogens but I will mention a few. If you want to know more please visit http://endojourney.wordpress.com/2009/07/31/a-list-of-xenoestrogens/
Watch out for:
• certain petrochemicals from air and water pollution,
• household cleaners,
• cosmetics (4-MBC in certain sunscreens, paraben) – check your lables
• food preservatives such as BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole).
WARNING: These xenoestrogens can react with your body and make your body store excess abdominal fat and that will make your life extra miserable when trying to get rid of belly fat.
Excess exposure to these can cause hormone balance disruptions for both men and women.
WHAT TO DO?
There is always something we can do. Number one rule for me is to learn more about whatever the problem is so I can find a solution. I am only touching on one solution in this article but hopefully I sparked enough interest that you will go ahead and do some of your own research. If not, no worries I will be writing more about this shortly so you can check back and find out more.
There are certain foods that provide us with fighting ability against these artificial hormon like compounds and eating more of these will help our fight to get rid of belly fat.