And what I discovered—and what's shared in my plan The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse—is a mountain of stunning evidence that tea can not only help strip away unwanted pounds and bring blood sugar under control but can ward off most of the worst diseases of our time, while helping to strip away stress and give us back control of our lives. Click ahead to see what happened during my first week.

4. Hormonal Belly: According to Rachel Attard, a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, a hormonal imbalance can contribute to weight gain. She explains how estrogen and progesterone can cause weight gain. The first point she makes is that high estrogen levels can increase insulin, which can lead to sugar cravings. This is why you see many women eat chocolate during PMS. Another point she makes is that high levels of estrogen have the ability to cause more fatty tissue growth. In most cases, she states that the excess fat is usually around the stomach area because estrogen also dictates where the body will distribute fat.
But it’s probably best to stay away from those ultra sugary, creamy beverages which are often made with sugary syrups or other flavorings that can stall your weight-loss efforts. Options for a sugar, cream and milk substitute. Choose a natural or artificial sugar substitute rather than regular sugar. Choose fat-free (skim) or 1% milk, or unsweetened almond milk. Avoid 2% and full-fat milk. Opt for sugar-free and fat-free creamers and limit your intake to 2 tablespoons per day.
So what can we do to reduce the fat around our belly, no matter the type? Dr. Charlie Seltzer, a physician who is board certified in obesity medicine, says it is quite simple. "To lose belly fat — or fat anywhere, for that matter — you need to eat fewer calories than you burn," Dr. Seltzer says. "It is really that simple. You cannot 'spot reduce.' Where the fat comes off first is largely based on your genes."
When it comes to getting rid of love handles, there is no substitute for quality cardio workouts, healthy diet, and commitment. You need all three components to be successful. Intense exercise and a poor diet will not help you reduce lower belly fat because you will constantly be taking back in the calories you are burning. And though you may have success with cleaning your diet with minimal or no exercise, you will get faster results if combined with exercise. And finally, if you don’t commit to stick with your lifestyle changes in the long-term, losing your lower body fat and love handles will not work.
I have to admit I am really dubious about “targeting” fat loss. Yes you can tone certain parts of your body with specific types of exercise, but fat loss is a completely different thing. As far as my experience goes, if you eat healthily for fat loss, the fat comes off in its own order… not exactly where you want. It’s just where ever your body naturally decides. Eventually of course it will come off your tummy and love handles, you may be lucky and they are the first things to go. It you might have to be patient and wait…
In fact, stress is considered one of the leading causes for lower belly fat building around your midsection. Stress releases a hormone called cortisol that increases the amount of lower belly fat your body holds on to, according to a study from Yale. Essentially, as your stress increases, so does your levels of cortisol and as a result, so does your lower belly fat.
Unless you hit the genetic jackpot, the chances are that your tummy isn’t immune to showing its fat gains. Something interesting is that there are different kinds of belly fat, and they all require different techniques for shedding it. Belly fat isn’t merely an issue of appearance. Sure, it looks and feels nice to have a shredded tummy, but more important are the health implications.
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