Belly Fat: What Your Jeans, Bikinis, and Little Black Dresses are Trying To Tell You
Adapted from Death by Supermarket: The Fattening, Dumbing Down, and Poisoning of America and Healthy, Sexy, Happy: A Thrilling Journey to the Ultimate You
I almost always enter “belly fat” in my YOUTUBE taglines for my health videos because American eating and lifestyles almost always lead to what can also be called fat rolls or guts (on men). Belly fat, like death and taxes is inevitable. For women, there is now a new, improved use for fat rolls, which I’ll get into later. First let’s talk about how and why fat deposits itself around our waists.
Remember CortiSlim and the makers’ claim that stress-induced cortisol production leads to midsection fat? Even though that diet pill was a scam and was eventually shut down by the FDA (but not soon enough), their claim was correct. Your adrenal glands secrete adrenaline in response to acute stress (like getting into a car wreck) and cortisol in response to everyday stress (like working too late). Your adrenals secrete numerous other hormones but our focus is these two. One primary objective of these two hormones is to supply your brain and body with the sugar (fuel) necessary to deal with this stress. Adrenaline releases glycogen (sugar) that’s stored in your liver and muscles for emergency use. And cortisol actually breaks down your lean muscle mass to convert it into more sugar. Now that you’ve got a dump of sugar into your bloodstream, your pancreas secretes insulin, which stores any unused sugar away into cells. After years of pounding stress, your cells will be stuffed to capacity. When cells can’t accept one more sugar molecule, they then reduce the number of insulin receptors so there are fewer receptors for insulin to activate. This is insulin resistance. One hallmark of insulin resistance is weight gain around the middle, because fat stored as a result of insulin resistance is hoarded around the waist first. Don’t ask me why, as it falls under the heading of “Horrifying but True Bodily Mysteries.”
Our autonomic or unconscious nervous system, which regulates metabolic processes, is divided into the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems. During the day we’re predominantly in the sympathetic state. It’s appropriate to be in a sympathetic state during the day, because our bodies need the operational metabolic processes that take place during this time.
The parasympathetic mode, which occurs predominantly at night, counteracts the sympathetic mode by turning on the repair processes such as making new cells, membranes, tissues, enzymes, hormones and neurotransmitters (thus appropriately referred to as “beauty sleep”). In times past, humans didn’t necessarily sleep uninterrupted all night long due to problems such as threats to safety, vermin, smelly chamber pots, crowded conditions, hunger and other irritants. In the last 100 years, however, for the first time in history a major population is swathed in creature comforts providing the opportunity and luxury of sleeping soundly all night. When it gets dark, hypothetically, our systems could change rhythm from daytime work (sympathetic) to nighttime rest (parasympathetic), the natural repair and rejuvenation phase. But this is not the reality. Instead, we’re enslaved to technologies provided by electricity, and to pressing demands. Our circadian rhythms are shattered by overwork and jet travel. We over-use stimulants and indulge in other adrenal assaults that keep our bodies in a constant state of sympathetic dominance. So, while we have the allowances to sleep, these other factors have resulted in epidemic insomnia. And all this pounding stress is taking a toll. A major sign that you’re not allowing your body to spend enough time in the parasympathetic mode is the spare tire you’re lugging.
If you’re a woman with a fat roll, and have always wanted larger breasts, but didn’t want silicone breast implants, you’re in luck. A technique developed by a Japanese researcher called “stem cell assisted fat transfer” allows plastic surgeons to use a person’s own body fat in lieu of implants. Liposuction is performed, and the fat is divided into two parts. Stem cells are removed from one part of the fat (which is then thrown away), and the cells are combined with the remaining fat. This fat is then injected into the breasts, producing natural looking results.
Along with this procedure it would be a very good thing for you to begin to revise the habits that led to the fat roll in the first place.
The solution to reducing the accumulation of stress-induced midsection body fat is to lower our cortisol and insulin levels which will reverse insulin resistance (i.e., empty fat cells). This can only be accomplished by overhauling our lifestyles, not by popping a pill. One of the pluses of achieving overall health is that your body will shrink down to its natural body weight. Maximum health is accomplished by stopping eating factory food, eating a balanced diet of real food, reducing stress, cutting down on or quitting all stimulants (sugar, caffeine, tobacco, etc.), drinking only moderately (giving up alcohol until you lose the fat), quitting recreational drugs, and any unnecessary OTC and prescription drugs, avoiding toxic exposure and drinking plenty of water to flush poisons from your system, indulging in mind-clearing playtime, going to bed as early as possible to get eight hours of rest, as well as taking bioidentical hormone replacement if you need it.
Today we’re seeing adolescents with fat rolls and big bellies. This is because little kids now consume copious amounts of stimulants, are stressed, and don’t play in mind clearing ways that kids always played. These kids are going to grow up to be adults with lots of health problems and lesser quality of life. Because the problem with belly fat isn’t just that it’s unsightly or unwieldy to lug around. Belly fat is a red alert by your body that chaos is reigning and that it’s time to do something about it.
Your girlfriend in health,