I always find it amazing when people say they want to lose weight. The reason being, if 1kg of fat mass takes up a lot more area than 1kg of muscle mass, if you didn’t lose any weight on the scales, but you managed to drop 1kg of fat and gain 1kg of muscle, you would find that as this trend continues, you would drop a dress or pants size, without actually dropping any numbers on the scales..

When I throw into the mix, do you actually know what 3 kg looks like on your body? Do you have an image of what you would like your body to look like? Typically people start to realise that it is not necessarily weight they want to lose, but rather cm’s on their waist line. I think this is a particularly good way of looking at weight management, as it is the weight that one carries around their waist that can be the most detrimental to ones health.

I came across this article which highlighted ways of flattening your stomach, and did not focus on weight. I found all the advice very practical and thought I would pass it on to you all:

1. Caffeinated beverages (in particular cola, coffee and energy drinks), even if “diet” versions, promote fat storage due to the increased release of our stress hormone cortisol at the time of consumption which has this affect.

2. High GI foods promote insulin secretion, when insulin levels are high in our blood, our body is programed to think it needs to store all the circulating glucose, which then gets converted to fat, and can be depostied on our waists.

3. Bloating- there can be a number of different factors that lead to bloating, if you experience severe bloating you are recommended to talk with your Doctor and Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) to determine which factors in your diet could be causing this. Some foods that commonly trigger bloating include: fizzy drinks, onions, asparagus, brussel sprouts, legumes e.g. chickpeas, some artificial sweeteners, and dependant on whether you have an intolerance (this should be medically diagnosed and you are not advised to self diagnose yourself!), lactose or wheat.

So maybe give these 3 ideas a go for the next couple of weeks and see how you feel in your clothes. Again remember, if you think lactose or wheat are causing you the problems, do not self diagnose an intolerance, always have this medically checked. 

With a bit of resistance training to increase your muscle mass, and some cardio to burn off the excess stored fat, you may find that the scales haven’t changed at all, but the way the clothes sit on your body certainly have!

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