Friday, August 5, 2011

8 Tips To Lose Your Gut

Rock Man at Tamarack Lake, CA
Rather than show you an ugly picture of belly fat or the flat stomach of a twenty-year-old... I bring you Rock Man. He spouts wisdom to help you lose that gut you're tired of feeling around your middle. Maybe you're not interested in getting a rock-hard stomach (although it's easy to attain... right, Rock Man?), but you'd like to get rid of that roll. Read on.

Building muscle, losing fat, and improving overall health is dependent on one very important hormone—insulin. Follow these tips to control your insulin and lose that fat!

1. Feed Your Belly-Zapping Hormone
Eat as close to zero grams of sugar as possible. Sugar turns to fat. Remember that when you eat something with sugar. This will keep your insulin levels low, and also keep your glucagon levels high. Glucagon, a hormone, helps keep your belly flat.

2. Chew On This
Chewing prevents bloating. Chew food until it is like applesauce in your mouth. Digestion begins in the mouth, and better-digested food means less gas and bloating.

3. Size Matters
Eating portion-controlled meals will reduce your abdominal flab.

4. Nix Refined Carbs
One of the primary reasons people develop diabetes is their overconsumption of refined carbs and sugars, which causes their pancreas to continually pump out more and more insulin. Refined carbs like bread and pastas turn to sugar. Cut out desserts and limit yourself to one slice of bread or handful of pasta per day.

5. Eat At The Magic Hour
Have a snack that contains protein between 3 PM and 4 PM. It will boost your metabolism and balance your blood sugar. I find myself eating a snack at this time often (okay... everyday). I might choose a handful of nuts & seeds, a few veggies dipped in hummus, almond butter on a piece of celery, a stalk of purslane (remember eating weeds and loving it!) or a small piece of meat (you don't have to eat meat to get protein).

6. Eat Healthy Fats
Another way to increase your insulin sensitivity is by optimizing the rate at which your body processes carbohydrates by eating plenty of healthy fats. Fats help keep your hunger down by sending a message to your brain. Examples of healthy fats are in the foods mentioned in Tip #5 Yay! That's right—you can tackle two tips with one food.

7. Stay Active All Day
Most people hit the gym regularly, but they succumb to long periods of inactivity during the rest of their day. This is asking for trouble. Don't sit at our computer for hours on end. Get up and take a walk. Better yet, go outside and take in nature. It gives your eyes a needed rest too.

8. Mom Says, "Eat Your Veggies"
Add more vegetables to your meals, cut them up and eat them raw, make salads and smoothies with lots of dark greens. You'll find a whole new experience in taste and melt off that belly bump, roll or inner tube that encircles you. The week I added more veggies to my diet I lost my belly bump. Combine Tip #4 with Tip #8 and you'll be surprised.

Which tips could you take on this week? Or which tips are you already doing? Scroll down and leave a comment.


  1. Hi Chris! Great tips. I'm gonna have to try these.

    What a wealth of info here! :)

  2. Another great post Chris! My family has adopted your chopped veggie lunch and we all love it. Now to break the sugar habit and get more active. Thanks for your encouragement, both here and in person!

  3. Thanks Lacie and Beth. Your enthusiasm encourages me to continue doling out the goodies that fill my brain about health.