Rachel is a writer, Montessori teacher, and mother, happily living with her family in Guatemala where fresh coffee is always ready. Professionally, she enjoys providing her audiences with thought-provoking articles about health and fitness, early childhood education, and parenting. When she's not busy meeting deadlines, Rachel, a former long-distance runner, still makes fitness and health a priority in her life. She enjoys concocting healthy meals in the kitchen, going for long walks and chasing after her 3 young children.

Check your diet. People often mistake higher calorie diets as the only food-related culprit. The more you eat, the more you gain. But the truth is, even smaller portion sizes that are full of the wrong high fat or sugary foods can be devastating to your lower belly. If you eat foods or drinks high in sugar and fat, you are doing yourself no favors in reducing your fat around your midsection.


Love handles are a combination of visceral and subcutaneous fat located in your lower belly and back. Love handles are known for sticking out above your jeans and there is typically one roll of fat on each hip that could be easily grasped, thus the name “handles”. Love handles and lower belly fat can be the most difficult fat to lose. Because it is so hard to lose, it can be confusing and frustrating to deal with. A variety of factors cause fat to build up on the lower belly and love handles including:
I've had every tea that is listed in this book and never noticed any of the results that are claimed. Hell, I even went pretty deep into Puer tea and bought a few hundred dollars of the stuff, then spent months drinking it and noticed nothing at all by way of results. Over a year ago I came across information that explained that the difference between people who get results from drinking tea, whether green tea or white tea, oolong, or puer tea, is that those who got results were drinking between 4 - 5 cups a day, while those who didn't get results were only drinking 1 or 2 cups a day. So, I started making a habit of drinking 4 - 5 cups a day. I even started making tea and keeping it in 1 liter bottles in my refrigerator, to make it easy to drink iced tea whenever I wanted. After nearly a year now of drinking 4 - 5 cups a day of green, white, oolong, puer, and other teas, I do not believe drinking any of these teas aided in any weight I've lost at all, as there have been periods of a week here and there where I've not drank any tea, and when I added it back in, I didn't notice any additional weight being lost at all. So, it may simply be a matter of individual physiology, but for me, whether I drink tea or not there is no noticeable difference, no noticeable increase in the amount of weight which is lost. The book simply makes it sound like every tea is going to produce some kind of magical effect, and that's what bothers me the most. While tea may be a useful addition to a weight loss program, from my experience, it certainly is not a weight loss miracle the way it's made out to b by this author.

Research published in the Journal of Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases concluded that following the Mediterranean diet could help to mitigate the harmful effects of belly fat on your heart. Better yet, it boosts the number of healthy bacteria in your gut – a study published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition saw levels rise by up to seven per cent, compared with a western diet.
First one’s the Adrenal belly or Adrenal shape, caused by increased levels of cortisol. When going through stressful periods, the production of cortisol increases, and this favours the accumulation of fat around the waist, leading to a saggy abdomen. Both men and women are likely to gain weight around the waist if they are constantly exposed to high levels of stress, and besides the excess belly fat, they are also likely to experience fatigue, back pain, nervousness, poor memory and sleep problems.
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