What kind of belly do you have? Did you know there are 4 different types of belly fat? I know that sounds funny but if we look around there is belly fat everywhere and as women we tend to gain belly fat as we get older.
But did you know that there are actually four different types of belly fat and depending upon which you have (and it could be a combination) would affect what measures need to be taken to get rid if it?
All four types are created by an underlying hormone imbalance. And you can have hormonal imbalance in more than one area. Hormone imbalances can affect your sleep cycles, carbohydrate cravings, and fat burning. Understanding how hormones affect your body and the healing process enables you to get healthier faster and make sure that your diet, exercise and supplement regimen are going to effectively address the specific hormones you are dealing with and get rid of the belly faster.
The shape of your body is an important clue to what is happening to your organ and hormone health and how those things impact your ability to both gain and lose weight.
Each body shape has a dominant organ or gland that effects hormonal health – which impacts weight gain as well as the anatomical location of where that weight is deposited.
You have probably noticed that some folks have all their weight in their mid-section, some have the weight around their thighs and buttocks, some people are thin all over except for the “pot belly” they show, while some people have weight distribution all over their body.
Let’s look at each body type and understand the differences:
So, let’s talk about the 4 types and which Plexus products would be helpful.
1) LIVER BELLY: Frequently seen in men as they age, but can be seen in women too. The typical image for people who store fat due to liver problems is the so-called pot belly: thin arms and legs, lots of fat sticking out in the abdominal area.
People with this belly type often complain of digestive problems, bloating, flatulence, as well as mid back pain and soreness without any apparent reason. Right shoulder pain might also appear.
This pattern is more frequent in men, but women may have this belly type as well. How does the liver belly appear? Because people in this category wake up with low blood sugar levels after fasting overnight.
Normally, in healthy adults, blood sugar levels rise in the morning, but in people with liver belly, blood glucose is lower in the morning, irritability is higher and hunger doesn’t disappear after eating. This happens because bile isn’t released properly and food isn’t broken down as it should, so these people feel hungry after eating and crave for sugars, as a result of their low energy levels.
Solution to lowering the amount of fat in the abdominal area for people in this group: focus on restoring your liver’s functioning, and eat more proteins, as these help keeping blood sugar levels under control. Replace simple carbs with complex ones, coming from fruits and veggies, and eliminate soda and alcoholic beverages from your menu. Your liver needs to detox for you to lose the liver belly, so water should become your favorite beverage.
The only way to get rid of a liver belly is to get your liver function back on track. Eat more proteins, as these help keeping blood sugar levels under control.
Replace simple carbs with complex ones, coming from fruits and veggies, and eliminate soda and alcoholic beverages from your menu. Your liver needs to detox for you to lose the liver belly, so water should become your favorite beverage along with a fresh squeezed lemon in a glass of water first thing in the morning before you eat or drink anything else.
Which products might help?
Plexus Slim: to balance your blood sugar and reduce sugar cravings. Taken first thing in the morning after your lemon or squeeze lemon in your plexus slim, this could relieve morning irritability.
BLOCK: Block is a great way to keep blood sugar levels in check post meal and prevents carbohydrates and sugar from being stored as fat. If you eat a large lunch or evening meal, then 1-2 capsules 30-60 min before the meal will help.
Probio5 and Biocleanse: Biocleanse can be taken between meals, and Probio 5 at night. Because this belly type has frequent digestive complaints, Probio5 and Biocleanse could help alleviate that distress while balancing intestinal flora.
2) THYROID BELLY: For thyroid belly friends, predominately women, the fat is usually distributed throughout the entire body, from neck and shoulders to legs, and the accumulation of excess weight is caused by an abnormal dominance of estrogen.
Estrogen dominance wreaks havoc in many ways (thyroid, adrenal, fatigue, fertility, body pain, etc.)
Too much estrogen slows down the thyroid and causes weight gain, a common complaint of those with hypothyroidism. But it is not limited to weight.
There are over 300 hypothyroid symptoms.
Thyroid belly individuals have cravings for sweets and fats, have saggy skin on their arms and tend to have thinner outer eyebrows. They tend to lose hair, to have brittle fingernails and have a poor circulation and cold extremities.
Your best chance of getting rid of the thyroid belly is to restore the functioning of this gland and normalize the levels of estrogen. Women are more likely to get this type of fat, but men can have it as well.
Which products might help?
Plexus Slim: chromium and alpha-lipoic acid have a beneficial action on thyroid function. Additionally, it could help stem the cravings for sweets and fats this group battles.
Probio5: this would be a great addition because thyroid disease is thought to be intimately connected with gut health.
Biocleanse: this is a great option because so many hypothyroid people struggle with constipation as a result of energy being down regulated, along with metabolism.
X Factor : X Factor contains Thiamine. Thiamine is one of the B vitamins, known as B1. Its main responsibility is to change carbohydrates into energy and it also helps with the digestion of proteins and fats. Thiamine is necessary for proper release of hydrochloric acid in our stomachs, which is required for proper protein digestion. Most people with thyroid belly have low stomach acid or do not release any stomach acid. X factor could be helpful because it is formulated with aloe, which increases nutrient absorption by as much as 400% .
3.) ADRENAL BELLY: Are you under chronic stress? It could be from anything … a bad marriage, struggling finances, a difficult job situation, troubled children, becoming a caregiver for a parent or a handicapped child, battling a chronic illness, etc.. These individuals are often very type A, achievers, driven, find it hard to say no etc.
People in this category typically gain weight if they undergo stressful periods, and the belly fat tends to cause a saggy abdomen, but can also become the visceral or hard fat that is deep within the body. Your bodily cortisol concentrations are controlled by an enzyme that’s located in fat cells, with visceral cells having more of these enzymes than subcutaneous cells. “Having higher levels of these enzymes in your abdominal fat contributes to obesity because greater amounts of cortisol are being produced”, says Christine A. Maglione-Garves in the University of New Mexico article, “Cortisol Connection.”
“Accumulating fat and higher cortisol levels in the body also are associated with a higher appetite, sugar cravings and weight gain”, says Maglione-Garves. Sustained periods of stress make both men and women in this group gain large amounts of fat around their waist, and this leads to low back pain, general fatigue and even fibromyalgia.
Common symptoms associated with cortisol excess: poor sleep patterns, poor memory, brain fog, worry excessively and often crave for salty foods at night. People with adrenal belly are irritable and edgy most of the time.
The best solution would be to eliminate as much stress as possible, but in our society that is easier said than done. Because blood sugar and cortisol have a very intimate relationship, keeping your blood sugar balanced is imperative. This can be achieved by eating a protein rich snack 2 hours before going to bed.
Which products might help?
Plexus Slim: contains chromium. Chromium has been found to have a profoundly nourishing effect on adrenal function. Sugar cravings are a common component of adrenal dysfunction and getting them under control is key to getting your adrenals healthy again.
BLOCK: cravings for simple carbohydrates like salty chips and baked potatoes are quite common for adrenal belly types. Getting those cravings under control, but also reducing any post meal blood sugar spikes would be a great option. Cortisol and blood sugar work closely together in the body to provide adequate energy. When cortisol is too high it is not uncommon for people to experience blood sugar challenges.
Probio5: as with everything else, a healthy gut is important for overall health and well-being. Candida overgrowth is often and underlying factor in adrenal dysfunction whether from overuse of antibiotics or diminished immunity from stress. Adding probio5 could help restore the healthy balance of intestinal flora.
Biocleanse: All stress states increase the rate at which the body uses up magnesium. In his blog, Dr. James Wilson suggests that individuals with adrenal issues increase their intake of this important mineral, which plays a role in the function of more than 300 enzymes in the body. Magnesium is a highly nourishing and calming mineral. Magnesium is found to be deficient in most people, but especially those impacted by chronic stress. Biocleanse is formulated with both magnesium and vitamin C, both of which have been found to benefit adrenal function.
X Factor: X factor has a potent combination of B vitamins, including Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) can help nourish the adrenal glands and return the cortisol production back to normal. Vitamin B5 converts into a substance called acetyl co-enzyme A, a precursor to all the steroid hormones.
Vitamin C plays a major role across all cells in the body, providing a powerful antioxidant effect in all water-soluble areas of the body. The adrenal glands require a continual supply of the nutrient in order to produce cortisol, making vitamin C supplementation highly relevant to sufferers of chronic stress.
4.) OVARY BELLY: Obviously, this is only in women and usually looks like saddlebags and lower stomach fat. Estrogen excess is the cause of this type of belly, and women are more likely to start storing fat in the mentioned areas after giving birth, due to hormonal changes and estrogen spikes.
Women with Ovary Belly are very likely to have heavy periods, facial hair, frequent acne outbreaks and headaches, to suffer from bloating, PMS, depression and ovarian cysts. Lower back pain and hip pain, as well as knee pain during the menstrual period are very likely to appear. Water retention also occurs during the cycle, along with a low libido, hot flashes, mood swings and night sweats.
The solution in this case is to balance the hormonal levels and fix the ovarian cysts, if present.
How Plexus might help?
Plexus Slim: Balancing blood sugar is very important in balancing hormone levels. Sugar has been shown to increase estrogen, so getting those cravings under control would be helpful.
BLOCK: women in this group frequently mention Cravings for carbohydrates and sugar. Block’s patented ingredient InSea2 has been shown to reduce post meal blood sugar spikes by 48%. It also helps prevent carbohydrates and sugar from being stored as fat. Additionally, BLOCK contains Iodine and Iodine has a proven rule in helping lower excess estrogen levels.
Probio5 and Biocleanse: Your body only has one way to “waste” or eliminate excess hormones and that is through regular, daily bowel movements. Chronic constipation is a frequent complaint in women with estrogen dominance. Food that remains in the intestinal track too long is likely to create issues with disrupted bacterial balance and nutrient absorption. Because Plexus Biocleanse and Probio5 are formulated to work synergistically to restore gut health and intestinal balance, the addition of these to products could be helpful.
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