Not everybody likes to work out regularly – there are a lot of people who will never be able to enjoy sweating at the gym and flexing their hard-working muscles in the mirror. Despite that, many of them still try to do their best, week after week, fighting their sugar cravings and forcing themselves to get to the gym even when they’d rather binge-watch their favorite show. Yet, often enough, they fail to get the results they’ve wanted so bad and after all of those hours spent working out, they still have belly fat and love handles that seem to simply refuse to disappear.
We know what you’re thinking – it must be “well, the people who complain about not being able to shake off body fat simply don’t try hard enough!” But is this really true?
In reality, some layers of fat can be a lot harder to burn than others, and we all have our genetic predispositions that influence how much fat we store and in which places. Weight loss is determined by a myriad of complex processes which include hormone activity and specific lifestyle choices.
The most important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t quit exercising, no matter how unsatisfied you are with the results at the moment because those exercise really is one of the backbones of a healthy lifestyle and a healthy body weight. And the other one is eating a clean, well-balanced diet.
If you feel like you’ve been doing all the work but you still don’t have a shredded six-pack to show for it, there could be a good reason for that. More often than not, it’s our hormones that prevent us from getting the body of our dreams. Hormonal activity is an important driving force behind most bodily functions and hormonal imbalances can be a major obstacle to successful weight loss. And one thing that can directly affect your hormone production is the food you eat.
Read these 3 simple tips to learn how to manipulate your hormones in order to shake off your most despised fat pockets for good.
#1. Man Boobs Be Gone
Man boobs can destroy a guy’s confidence like nothing else in the world. If you’re a dedicated lifter struggling with fat storage in the pecs, you might be wondering if you’re a freak of nature – wasn’t rigorous exercise supposed to keep fat away from your body, especially the parts that you train the most? Well, yes, unless you’re producing too much estrogen or you’re having a testosterone conversion problem. These issues are very real and can make a man feel like less of a man without knowing the real nature of his ailments.
When too much of your testosterone is converting into estrogen, you can suffer from loss of energy, weight gain and difficulty adding lean muscle to your body. For men, the obvious sign of too much estrogen is added fatty tissue around the chest. But what makes some people convert more of their precious testosterone into estrogen than others?
It’s all the fault of an enzyme called aromatase. When you have too much of this enzyme, you convert more of your testosterone into estrogen, and that goes for both men and women. Bad diet choices, such as consuming too many carbs from refined, processed white flour and white sugar, cause the biggest surge in aromatase. So the first thing to do when fighting testosterone conversion is making some serious diet restrictions – cut out all the late night sugary snacks and treats and keep your daily intake of sugar at a minimum.
Another way to normalise your testosterone levels is by utilizing the powers of resveratrol. Resveratrol is a part of a group of compounds called polyphenols that are thought to act like antioxidants. Another big benefit of resveratrol is that it’s an aromatase inhibitor, meaning that it prevents testosterone from converting into estrogen. You can easily find resveratrol supplements on the market.
If you prefer getting things done in a natural way, you can simply increase your intake of cruciferous vegatables like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage and kale, which contain a phytochemical that also prevents the conversion of testosterone. The mineral zinc is also known to inhibit the aromatase enzyme, so making sure to meet your daily requirements of zinc can be helpful for restoring normal levels of testosterone.
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