Relax, relax, r-e-l-a-a-a-a-a-x
“When you’re frazzled, your body increases its production of steroids and stress hormones,” says Judith Reichman, M.D., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA.
Stress can increase the production of cortisol, a “fight or flight” hormone that sends excess fat directly to your midsection in its attempt to protect your vital organs. To minimize tension, Dr. Reichman advises that you “take 20 minutes a day to do something that truly relaxes you.”
There are many ways to reduce stress, but, no surprise, I find that listening to hypnosis CDs or mp3s can be very helpful.
“When your posture is good, you’re automatically engaging and toning your stomach muscles,” says The Biggest Loser trainer Kim Lyons.
Go for a walk
Aim for a 30-minute walk each day, says Lyons. The simple boost in metabolism will help you burn waistline fat more efficiently. And forget those infomercials that promise “miraculous abs in minutes.” A study from Kansas State University found most devices offered in those ads don’t live up to their promises.
A daily 30-minute walk is something that I suggest in almost every hypnosis class.
Chew each bite at least 10 times (sometimes up to 30 times)
This helps you eat more mindfully.
Soft fruits and vegetables will break down more easily than chicken or steak, so you will need to make sure you chew your food as thoroughly as possible. According to the experts at Ohio State University, you should chew softer foods 5-10 times, and more dense foods (meats/vegetables) up to 30 times before swallowing.
Drink more water
“Being dehydrated causes the body to hoard water,” says Lyons, which can lead you to carry up to four excess pounds around your midsection.
According to the Institute of Medicine, an adequate intake for men is roughly 13 eight-ounce glasses of total fluids a day, while for women the number is about 9 glasses a day.
This is something I recommend in almost every hypnosis class.