Feel like you're constantly doing crunches but are still plagued by a persistent muffin top?
It's probably not your workout that's not working — it's your blood sugar.
Here's why: When we eat refined carbohydrates and sugar, our blood sugar levels spike sky-high. But what goes up must come down. And so our pancreas releases a hormone called insulin to shovel all the sugar away. Unfortunately, insulin also signals your body to store belly fat.
And the sugary content of foods doesn't just affect the hormones that regulate your blood sugar. It also has an impact on our adrenal glands and stress hormones — which can lead to further weight gain and the expansion of that spare tire. In fact, studies have shown that increased exposure to cortisol (the stress hormone) is associated with more belly fat in women.
As a nutritionist, I often see clients struggling with abdominal fat. Here are the three top strategies I recommend to deal with it: