[dropcap]H[/dropcap]aving excess belly fat is something that is commonly tied to aesthetic. However, this excess can also be detrimental to your health. The trouble with belly fat is that it is not just an extra layer of padding located just below the skin (subcutaneous fat). It also includes visceral fat — which lies deep inside your abdomen, surrounding your internal organs.
Regardless of your overall weight, having a large amount of belly fat increases your risk of:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
- Colorectal cancer
- Sleep apnea
- Premature death from any cause
- High blood pressure
However, belly fat isn’t impossible to lose. Many times you can tackle an increase in belly fat in a few easy steps. And here is how tech can help!
#1 Reduce Stress With Muse
Big shocker, right? According to recent studies, there is a link between stress and an increase in visceral belly fat. This is because of the spike in cortisol that occurs in blood when we feel stressed. This cortisol increase leads to an increase in appetite. If this excess food intake isn’t burned off, it tends to be stored close to the liver. Your body does this so that it can be easily burned and converted back into energy when you need it. A helpful trick for our ancestors but is not needed too much anymore.
If you are looking to reduce your stress, then consider using Muse. It’s like taking your meditation to the next level. Muse gives you feedback about your meditation in real time by translating your brain signals into the sounds of wind. When your mind is calm and settled, you hear calm and settled winds. When your mind is active the winds will pick up and blow. In the end, you can review your meditation. To see where you reached your deepest state of relaxation
#2 Test Your Genes With Origin
Some people are predisposed to carrying more weight than others. This can be insanely frustrating if traditional exercise and dieting are not doing much for the scale. However, if you better understand the design of your body you have a better chance of losing weight.
To look at the blueprint of your body consider digging into your DNA. Companies like Orig3n can help you out with this. They offer a variety of tests that target specific factors of genetic make-up. Including tests like their ‘Fitness & Weight’ test includes an analysis for predisposition to weight gain, regaining weight, and hunger. Answers to these questions can help you determine what kind of nutrition and exercise plan is best for you.
#3 Automate Your Diet With Eat This Much
Appetite hormones, including ghrelin and leptin, control how hungry or satisfied we feel before, after and between eating. Eating chemically altered foods (which spike cravings), repeat yo-yo dieting, crash dieting, genetic factors and stress can all interfere with appetite regulation. This irregular appetite can send your system spiraling. Leading to the conservation of fat cells. Most commonly in the abdomen or belly.
[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last]However, you can get a handle on this by having a regular diet. This can be a tough feat if you lead a busy or hectic life. However, using a tool like Eat This Much. It’s an app that will completely automate your daily meals. Also, you can specify what your caloric intake should be and any dietary restrictions. A bonus feature is that you can export your food to Instacart. Dialed in nutrition, with a click.[/one_half_last]
#4 Say Bye To Stubborn Fat With Cool Sculpting
Small pockets of fat can be hard to target. You can do all the crunches you want. Sometimes that stubborn lower belly fat is not going to budge. Cool Sculpting is here for those looking to remedy that. The out-patient treatment can be done in a medi-spa or plastic surgery office.
Essentially, Cool Sculpting is an FDA-cleared fat-freezing, non-surgical fat-reduction treatment. Using controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat. This cold targeting “kills fat cells” that are then naturally processed through the body. CoolSculpting results are long-term because treated fat cells are eliminated from the system.