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June 1 , 2005

Lose Those Love Handles

Not just unattractive, carrying weight around your abdomen is bad for your health too.

The last place you want fat hanging around is on your waist. Love handles are not just unattractive, but carrying weight around your abdomen is bad for your health. It’s worse than carrying weight on your hips or thighs. Excess fat around the waist, or an apple body shape, is suggestive of insulin resistance, a condition that is linked to the development of heart disease and diabetes. It is also indicative of an imbalance in cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone, which, if chronically high, can result in increased deposition of fat around the abdomen. To further complicate the situation, feeling stressed out or depressed may worsen the problem.

Insulin Resistance
Insulin is the chemical signal that allows sugar to enter your cells to be used as fuel. Insulin levels also have a direct impact on body composition, as these sugars are later stored as fat if they are not consumed as a source of energy. Insulin resistance causes levels of insulin in the blood to increase. This increase is related to a reduced sensitivity of the body tissues, like muscles, to normal levels of the hormone. As a result, the body tries to overcome this by secreting more insulin from the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes ensues when pancreas fail to sustain this increased demand for insulin production. A common cause for this condition is excess intake of sugar or carbohydrates, a typical of many diets today. This includes foods such as candy, cakes, pastries, pizzas, chips and many other processed foods. Insulin resistance may also be attributed to lack of exercise, overindulgence in alcohol, stress, a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure and excess body fat, especially around the abdomen.

Surefire Ways To Lose Those Love Handles
1. Watch what you eat and when you eat. Make your meals small and frequent. Each meal should be a combination of lean protein and starch. This helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, which promotes an elevated metabolism. But try and skip starch at dinner, as then your body does not produce the insulin that causes starch to be stored as fat and thereby ends up using stored fat for its nighttime energy.

2. Take essential fatty acids in the form of fish oils. These are great for reducing cholesterol, body fat and inflammation. It seems that omega-3 oils ([EPA/DHA) mixed with GLA (gamma linoleic acid) boost fat loss through increased heat production (thermo genesis) and increase the ability to maintain weight loss.

3. Cut sugars completely from your diet and low glycemic carbohydrates to keep insulin levels low. Low insulin levels are favorable for fat loss. If you are going to eat sugar make sure that it comes from a natural source, such as fruits or Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and Steviva Brand Stevia Powder in place of sugar. Don’t eat fruits alone; pair it with a protein, which slows down the absorption of sugar into the blood stream and prevents it from becoming fat right away.

4. Take conjugated linoleic acid [CLA]. CLA is one of the few supplements that has actually been proven to stimulate loss of fat and increase lean muscle mass. This is not a supplement that works right away so commit to taking it religiously for at least three months. Typical dosage is 1500 mg twice a day.

5. Keep stress levels manageable. Elevated levels of stress hormone can have a negative effect on body composition by increasing the breakdown of muscle mass and increasing the deposition of fat around the abdomen. Meditation and breathing exercises also help to combat stress.

6. Use an exercise plan that incorporates both cardiovascular exercises and strength training. Cardiovascular exercises should be performed before breakfast or after dinner. Before breakfast your body has been fasting, taking in no additional energy on which to run. By exercising before breakfast, the body utilizes its stored fat, and metabolism is increased by 30 per cent for four to six hours after a 45-minute session. After dinner, the exercise burns off sugars and starches you have consumed during the day thereby forcing the body to access fat stores for energy while you sleep. But don’t overdue cardio exercises as it can damage the muscle fibre that you are working so hard to build and maintain. Do your weight training first, followed by your cardio if you are doing both on the same day. This will ensure that your strength is at a maximum for lifting and you will continue to burn fat during your cardio session.

Strength train on a consistent basis. Weight training increases lean muscle mass, which increases resting metabolism. You should work on strengthening your legs, abdomen and your lower back.

Legs are home to the largest muscle groups in your body, so by strengthening them, you are maximizing your ability to burn calories and build lean muscle mass, which increases your metabolism. Even though you cannot whittle away the fat around your belly by doing crunches, when the fat begins to retreat, the tight toned muscles you have been working on will become visible and will help to pull in a sagging belly. Lower back is also very important as strong abdominals require a strong back to counterbalance them; otherwise the pull of the abs on the lower back can cause strain. Also strengthening the lower back tightens a muscle known as the erector spinal which reduces the appearance of love handles.

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Thom King
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All Natural Sugar Free Low Carb Deviled Eggs with Apricot Curry
Serves: 16
Carbs Per Serving: 3g
Prep Time:<25 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

8 large eggs
1/4 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a very tiny dash Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Cover the eggs with cold water in a large saucepan. Place on the stove and bring to a boil. Boil 15 - 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain and run cold water over the eggs. Peel immediately for easiest peeling. Set aside.

Mince the apricots into very small pieces and set aside.

Measure the cream, curry powder, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or a very tiny dash Steviva Brand Stevia Powder and paprika; place them in a small bowl.

Cut the eggs in half lengthwise. Gently remove the yolks and place each in the bowl with the cream. Lay the whites on the serving platter and set them aside.

Mash the yolks and cream mixtures together with a fork or place in a food processor until evenly mixed. Mix in the minced apricots.

Fill each egg white with the yolk mixture. Sprinkle lightly with additional paprika. For a colorful presentation, top each egg with a very thin sliver of dried apricot.

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