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4 Supplements that Doctors Say Can Help Shrink Belly Bulge

Here’s what actually works to help the human body lose belly bulge – plus essential information that debunks some common health myths.

Do you have belly bulge that you want to lose? The video lower within this article will help you get started.

Different Kinds of Fat: Subcutaneous VS Visceral

Some fat cells that create belly bulge sit directly under the skin. Doctors call this subcutaneous fat.

Scientists believe subcutaneous fat can be less hazardous to health than visceral fat, which pads the vital organs deeper within the body.

Visceral fat can provoke inflammatory pathways that signal molecules to interfere with the body’s normal hormonal functions – potentially promoting disease outcomes. This type of intra-abdominal adipose tissue can become toxic as it accumulates.

Key lifestyle choices – done habitually – decrease visceral fat deposits and reduce the risk of heart problems, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.

Upgrading these habits might be easier than you think.

The Habits That Make Belly Bulge Go Away

Strategic exercise, smart nutrition (with a calorie deficit), and deep sleep are the most effective ways to reduce belly bulge.

An ideal weekly exercise regimen involves mobility – such as yoga, stretching, pilates, and foam-rolling.

Also important is cardio – including sprinting – strength training (lifting weights and pulling resistance bands), and cross-functional fitness that combines all three.

At the very least, one should go for a long daily walk.

fit man losing belly bulge

A smart weekly menu would consist of food choices that are anti-inflammatory to the unique chemistry of your own body.

This varies person-to-person, but generally, anti-inflammatory means a diet consisting of a high intake of vegetables (both raw and cooked) and a low intake of sugar, gluten/grains, dairy, and processed foods. 

The number of calories you ingest each day should match (or be less than) what your body has burned.

Removing alcohol consumption remains among the most effective ways to lessen fat deposits around the body’s midline; ethanol not only dumps empty calories into the body but, more specifically, it challenges the liver in a way that is not helpful to the metabolic process.

Finally, a healthy body requires adequate hydration and deep sleep each night to keep stress hormones low and your metabolism finely tuned.

After those habits have been implemented, specific supplements might be taken to speed up the fat-shrinking process further.

Extra Help in the Fight Against Belly Bulge

Do you already eat right regularly, sleep deeply, and workout daily – yet that stubborn belly bulge remains?

Nutritional supplements might also help in your quest to create a leaner waistline. 

Each supplement addresses belly bulge from a unique angle:

  • 7-Keto revs up your metabolism
  • forskolin decreases the size of fat cells
  • caraway seeds combat bloating
  • and Relora regulates the stress hormone cortisol.

These four are not meant to be combined to form some sort of super supplement. You should determine the cause that is most likely at the root of your belly bulge.

7-Keto for Your Waistline

7-Keto is a natural hormone bi-product that stimulates the thyroid gland and helps convert fat to energy. We make less of it starting in our 30s. The great thing about 7-Keto is that it helps us restore a high metabolism and then freezes it there. 200 mg/day (100 mg am, 100 mg pm) was suggested.

Forskolin to Flatten Your Tummy

Forskolin is found in the root of an herbal plant within the mint family. It acts like a furnace in your cells that melts fat away. 125 mg/day was suggested.

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Caraway Seeds to Stay Lean

Caraway Seeds fight bloating. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and a natural digestive aid. Essentially, they inhibit the bad bacteria that convert food into gas. They also relax the intestinal tract. Eating a handful after every other meal was suggested.

Relora to Improve Metabolism

Relora helps to regulate Cortisol – a stress hormone that, when present in excess, is one of the top reasons people gain weight. Taking 250 mg, 3x/day (i.e., at every meal) of Relora was suggested.

what if you could signal the same pleasure sensation – only, without the carbs? Well, that’s exactly what saffron extract does.”

Using Green Smoothies to Reduce Belly Bulge

My life experience has demonstrated that green smoothies – perhaps even more than supplements – can help trim up the body’s midsection, sometimes in dramatic ways.

Is a Natural Appetite Suppressant Right for You?

Now, to be clear, these supplements are not replacements for a healthy lifestyle. They are intended to give you a little extra push while being used in conjunction with intelligent diet and exercise protocols. However, there is a little something else you can add to the mix.

The philosophy behind using saffron extract as an appetite suppressant is that emotional eating causes us to crave carbs. The carbs stimulate a pleasant sensation that provides us with some emotional relief.

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The problem here is that the carbs also pack on the pounds.

So, what if you could signal the same pleasure sensation – only without the carbs? Well, that’s precisely what saffron extract does.

Two women took the extract for three days in a small, informal research experiment. At the end of the three days, one woman lost 3 pounds, and the other lost 5.

At your next yearly physical, ask your doctor what lifestyle habits and nutritional supplements might be best to help you create stamina and a lean, strong, and healthy body. And, to save time, arrive at your annual physical exam knowing specific key facts.

The Most Common Belly Bulge Medical Myths: DEBUNKED

There are several popular medical myths circulating among the general public today.

Unverified facts have a way of spreading.

Research studies are particularly easy to misinterpret, even by those people with a sincere interest in medicine and science.

Often, such stories circulate because they seem like they should be accurate, not always because they are factual.

Knowing these medical myths beforehand will help you at your next yearly physical exam – when you work with your medical doctor to form the self-care strategies that will most benefit your health. In particular, there is a lot of misinformation about belly bulge and how to safely and realistically lose fat around the midsection.

Dane Findley age 54 helps others achieve stellar wellness and a healthier physique.
Dane has a master’s in Depth Counseling and has spent decades as a professional fitness and Pilates trainer. Today, Dane is a Healthy Lifestyle Advocate who curates the popular Quality of Life Newsletter – a free weekly update for those who want to UP their joy levels.

In his compelling new book Unconventional Medicine, functional-medicine advocate Chris Kresser clarifies the most significant challenge our culture faces today – chronic disease – and sets out to separate fact from fiction.

Functional medicine is a style of medical treatment that first addresses the “why?” behind symptoms.

For example, if a person has blood work completed in the lab that reveals high cholesterol, the functional medicine practitioner would first discover why the cholesterol is high before prescribing prescription drugs to lessen symptoms.

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While genetics might be a factor in high cholesterol, the more significant reason is perhaps attributable to lifestyle habits or other reasons such as poor thyroid function, infections, or intestinal permeability.

“Groupthink is a problem in medicine,” says Kresser. “We tend to get stuck on the status quo, even though a core principle of science is: uncertainty. We have to be willing to challenge our most cherished views.”

Below are a few of the medical myths currently rampant in our culture.

For more information regarding these myths – including research studies – see the Additional Sources section toward the end of this article.

Please consult with your doctor before making any significant changes to how you eat or how you move.

FALSE: Every Belly Bulge Problem Can Be Solved by Medication Alone

What is a human body trying to communicate to its owner when it creates a symptom?

Taking a synthetic pill to mask a symptom can sometimes be problematic, especially if taking the pill prevents a person from discovering why the symptom is present in the first place.

Not every problem can be solved by medication alone.

medical myths debunked belly bulge

FALSE: Cholesterol Intake from Food Always Directly Correlates to Serum Cholesterol and Belly Bulge

Dietary Guidelines for Americans published by the US government no longer include suggested restrictions on cholesterol intake, as of 2016.

There is no longer a reason for everyone to aggressively limit cholesterol intake from their daily menu.

Cholesterol intake from food does not always correlate directly to serum cholesterol.

FALSE: Medical Doctors Are Always Impartial

Doctors are people, too.

Conflicts-of-Interest abound in modern medicine.

Lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industries wield significant impact – both in Washington, D.C.,and on the local level.

Though most medical doctors are kind people with good motives, they are human, too – and are influenced unconsciously, just like the rest of us.

FALSE: Every Person Should Severely Restrict Intake of Saturated Fat to Reduce Belly Bulge

Some people possess unique genetic markers that make them particularly sensitive to saturated fat, resulting in elevated cholesterol and weight gain. Many people, however, do not possess these genes.

Increasing intake of healthy fats can benefit some people for various reasons – including blood-sugar stabilization, hormone production, and satiety.

FALSE: Each Specific Symptom Requires the Same Intervention

Doctors and health practitioners with a functional medicine mindset are moving from general blanket recommendations that apply to every single person to more personalized recommendations that depend on genetics, goals, health status, work routine, age, and the unique chemistry of a person’s body.

FALSE: Doctors Hold Back on Purpose

It might seem like doctors don’t care, but most doctors are smart, kind, and interested in being helpful.

No doctor wants to see himself as a shill for drug companies.

Explains Kresser, “Think of everything that has to change to reflect a new understanding. Medical textbooks must be rewritten, and primary care guidelines – it’s just massive. And so the average health provider might not get the new information for years, even decades.”

mature athlete living a lifestyle that shrinks belly bulge

Primary care physicians are in a tough spot right now. They’re trying to help people, and they’re doing their best, but they might have 2,500 patients on their roster with an average visit time of 8 to 12 minutes – especially if, to get reimbursed from insurance, they have to see a certain number of patients each day.

FALSE: Chronic Inflammation Refers to Swelling Only

The phrase Chronic Inflammation can refer to swelling of specific tissues and joints, but often it means much more – referring to the body’s overall confused immune response.

Though the human body is designed beautifully to handle the occasional irritant, when exposed to a relentless onslaught of irritants day after day, it can become fatigued and start to attack healthy cells, too.

In other words, if a body becomes too tired and overwhelmed to run a complete diagnostic on each cell beforehand, it might try to shoot down a healthy cell if it thinks there’s even a chance it might be harmful. The system becomes less nuanced.

Though there are many factors to the aging process, inflammation is possibly the number-one reason for disease and premature aging. Knowing this beforehand can help you adopt lifestyle habits that help combat inflammation – such as an anti-inflammatory diet, improved sleep patterns, and strategic exercise.

For more strategies on debunking medical myths, reducing belly bulge, and how to navigate modern medicine in a way that proves helpful and healing, pick up Kessler’s Unconventional Medicine through your favorite bookseller.

Below, Dane Findley demonstrates abdominal exercises outdoors. A ball can be a helpful tool in targeting the core muscles of the body, especially after age 50. Doctors believe subcutaneous fat can be less hazardous to health than visceral fat – that pads the vital organs deeper within. Strategic exercise and nutrition are still the best ways to prevent belly bulge.

Additional Sources about Reducing Belly Bulge:

Chris Kessler and the Revolution to Reinvent Healthcare – https://unconventionalmedicinebook.com/

Multiple Drugs in Older Population Can Exacerbate Ailments – https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/dangers-polypharmacy-and-case-deprescribing-older-adults

United States Government Agency Issues Dietary Guidelines – https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/

Sugar Industry Attempted to Blame Dietary Fat as the Culprit – https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/well/eat/how-the-sugar-industry-shifted-blame-to-fat.html

Dietary Cholesterol Necessary for Hormone Production – https://metabolichealing.com/cholesterol-your-body-is-incapable-of-making-hormones-without-it/

Gifts to Doctors from Pharmaceutical Companies Correlate with More Expensive Prescriptions to Patients – https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-10-pharma-gifts-result-branded-expensive.html

Research Outcomes of Genetic Sensitivity to Saturated Fats – https://athletigen.com/truth-fats-and-genetics/

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Studies – http://thepaleodiet.com/anti-inflammatory-paleo-studies/

Harvard Medical: Mounting Evidence Suggests Inflammation as Common Underlying Cause of Major Degenerative Diseases – https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Inflammation_A_unifying_theory_of_disease

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