We need it," she says. "The scientific word for this fat apron that protects your organs is 'omentum.' This elastic apron of fat covers your intestines, liver, and stomach and helps fight infection due to little filters between fat cells that trap antigens and bacteria.

We often focus on diet and exercise while trying to lose weight, gain muscle, or improve fitness. Both are valid; we'll discuss them later. However, lifestyle difficulties can hinder our progress without our knowledge.

Research indicates that high stress levels can cause you to preferentially gain abdominal fat through chronic cortisol production,” explains M2 Performance Nutrition creator Mike Molloy. A high cortisol level increases hunger and abdominal fat storage.

Most effective stress reliever? Exercise burns calories and fat. Meditation, with its many mindfulness apps, is another technique. Headspace is one of our favorites since it offers a variety of meditation sessions using different methods to help you relax at any time of day.

Ban laptops and phones from the bedroom (books are excepted). You should set a bedtime to be in bed each night and not eat or exercise too late since you want your body to slow down for sleep.

Our bodies react to everything we eat and drink. Too much of the incorrect thing might influence your emotions, sleep, and fat storage. Weight management is best achieved by controlling your diet.

To lose weight and improve your health, she recommends eating cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, spouts), root vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes,

Diet alone is insufficient. Over time, it can worsen the problem. Remember cortisol? Long-term calorie deficits force your body to assume it's starving and go into self-protection mode. Cortisol rises and stores excess energy as belly fat instead of burning it. Exercise to counteract that.

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