Yoga and breathing exercises can also be helpful. (Try this gentle yoga routine for weight loss.) "When you breathe deeply, you use your diaphragm. With yoga and breathing, you really work with your ab muscles, and then they'll strengthen and come back together over time," says Murphy. If all else fails, you may need an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) to repair the rift.
Chrissy Barth, RDN, a registered dietitian, yoga coach, and CEO of a nutrition consulting practice in Phoenix, urges clients not to harp on their family history too much. "If people go around thinking, 'My mother is overweight and I'm destined to be overweight, too,' that's depressing! And if you stress over it, it can cause cortisol to spike, and that will cause you to gain weight."
A few years back, the authors of Eat This, Not That! commissioned ChromaDex laboratories to analyze 14 different bottled green teas for their levels of disease-fighting catechins. While Honest Tea Honey Green Tea topped the charts with an impressive 215 milligrams of total catechins, some products weren’t even in the game. For instance, Republic of Tea Pomegranate Green Tea had only 8 milligrams, and Ito En Teas’ Tea Lemongrass Green had just 28 milligrams, despite implying on its label that the product is packed with antioxidants.
I first learned about the weight-loss power of tea when my mother fell victim to diabetes. A former nurse back in Korea, she urged me to look into Eastern remedies when it became clear that Western science couldn’t help her. And time and again, as I pored through the studies, the same answer kept popping up: tea. What I learned in my research, and collected in my new book, The 7-Day Flat Belly Tea Cleanse, in which test panelists lost up to 10 pounds in just one week, was that certain teas not only melt fat by boosting metabolism, but can actually prevent our bodies from forming new fat cells.
All impurities must beware of Sassy Water. This classy concoction gets its name from a uniquely snappy flavor. Cucumbers instill maximum levels of hydration, and lemon smoothes out the digestive lining to speed up internal food processing. Ultimately, this leads to a flatter belly alongside the promotion of kinetic energy. By allowing all of the ingredients to settle together overnight, a stellar natural cleanse is born. Mint leaves are included to keep it cool and fresh with a seriously tantalizing tingle. A dash of peppery ginger can also be swirled into the mix to bolster its purifying powers. Bon appetite!
The stress hormone cortisol can really screw with your belly. The problem with cortisol is two-fold: First, the chemical makeup of cortisol causes the body to store visceral fat. Visceral fat is stored between your main organs and in the midsection and is the most dangerous type of fat. Experts state that visceral fat increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease.