Belly Fat: Take Care Of Your Liver

I was reminded this week of the importance of looking after your liver health if you are trying to lose (or not gain) belly fat. This is especially true once you get into middle age when hormones start messing about. I know this to be true as I woke up about 8 months ago and suddenly had a new layer – it’s the oestrogen/progesterone balance change and the drop in metabolism!

The reason the liver is so important is because it processes excess hormones and also helps to determine whether you turn carbs into fat or energy.

Here’s a reminder for you:

…one of the big reasons why you and most people gain weight isn’t because you have a “willpower problem”. It actually has more to do with glycogen metabolism.

You see, glycogen is essentially the storage of glucose in our body. Glucose is how your body uses sugar to make energy. When we eat carbs, our body creates these glucose stores to use as energy. And once those stores are full, the excess carbs are converted into fat.

Then, the combination of daily bodily functions and physical movement (including exercise) burn up the excess glucose… and eventually fat.

Stress

Stress increases the storage of glucose – a response that prepares our body to burn more energy than usual. But if you’re experiencing stress because of being late for an appointment, a project deadline at your job or something family-related, your body won’t burn more energy than usual – it just stores more glucose, which eventually turns into excess fat. That’s why it’s vital to manage daily stress in a healthy way.

Your Liver

The liver regulates glycogen metabolism. In fact, your liver decides if what you eat becomes fat or energy. That’s why it’s so important to take steps to ensure optimal liver health

Natural Health Practice

So, two of the best steps you can take if you’re fighting belly fat are to control your carb intake and glucose levels – see the Belly Fat Plan.

Belly Fat Plan cover

If I could (I can’t yet do many supplements), I would then support my liver with eg. Liver GI. This is a favourite of mine because it has a brilliant mix that will support gut, liver, gallbladder and hormone clearance. Most often, these formulas don’t have enough to actually do a really good job. This one does. Maybe give yourself 2-3 months on this once or twice a year, and add a binder to mop up any toxins this releases.

Different binders bind different toxins, so it is a good idea to get one that covers a lot of bases, since you don’t know what you’re going to detox! Try Ultra Binder (you’ll need to use my advanced practitioner code 4Y2AE7 to get that). Neither of these are cheap, but if you’re going to do it, do it properly!

Meantime, see more tips on the Weight Loss factsheet in the A-Z here.

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