Learning to lose your love handles

You've mastered motherhood & perhaps climbed a mountain in Africa

- yet a simple factor in your life just refuses to be conquered -

the love handles!  Written by Narelle Stegehuis ND ANPA.

So fat is fat right - a lump & bump here and there is all part and parcel of being a mum.So true; yet those lumps & bumps should still be able to be brought back into line with a bit of work - a bit of cardio, cut the calories & a dash of weights.

For many women the struggle is frustrating & can almost make a grown woman cry!

So why is it so hard?

The supermarket is a minefield, full of highly processed foods engineered by food technologists to deliver maximum profits and often negligible nutritional values. There is way too much food available, with too many companies fighting for a share of a market that already provides twice what anyone needs. The fact that fruit and vegetables generate typically lower profits may be part of the problem.

The default environment for food is cheap junk food in large amounts. Improving the quality of junk food is not the solution - vitamin enriched or not, soft drinks are still soft drinks. Trans - fat free snack foods are still rapidly absorbable carbohydrates.

With trans fat becoming such a mainstream component of our food chain, (margarines, biscuits, fried & processed foods) the prevalence of medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and cancer are increasing.

Over the long term, they interfere with your body's ability to ingest and utilize the good fats; promoting fatty body tissue to synthesize small amounts of testosterone and related hormones. These play roles in fuelling hormonal imbalances such as Polycystic Ovarian Disorder, Fibroids, Endometriosis, PMT, Menopausal symptoms & low libido. They are the number one contributor to 'love handles'.

Picture it like this. The TFA's stop the essential fatty acids (derived from fish & good nuts) from getting into the cell wall. They have to find some where else to go. Over time, more and more TFA's block more cells - so new fat cells have to be built to keep them in - so you get fatter especially around your middle!

Trans Fatty Acids impede insulin's potential to bind with the cell, causing it to stay circulating in the blood. Result? Ravenous hunger, low energy, light-headedness mood swings & teariness. The long-term effect is a total inability to generate growth hormone (which is only released in the absence of insulin). Without growth hormone, less muscle is created, so there is less of an opportunity to burn the fat!

Five Top tips to losing those handles

  1. Change your diet - cut out processed foods & 'go fresh'.
  2. Exercise - cardiovascular exercise helps to improve glucose regulation.
  3. Balance your hormones - are your hormones still out-of-whack? Establish if you need a helping hand to balance things & if you do, make it a priority to do something about it.
  4. Work on improving your liver function - it's a great way to help remove Tran's fats.
  5. Begin taking Omega 3 Fish oils - they can help to balance hormones.

Getting back into shape can definitely be achieved after pregnancy; I've helped many thousands of women do so. Stay positive, not only can you look great, but most importantly - you'll feel fantastic!

Narelle Stegehuis, CEO of MassAttack, is a practicing Naturopath specializing in the research and development of natural treatment programs for women with hormonal imbalances, which have contributed to such symptoms as weight gain, cravings, low libido, anxiety and mood swings. She is both an accomplished writer and recent recipient of the Australian Naturopathic Excellence Award 2006.  www.massattack.com.au