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By Jennie Delbridge, Peak of Wellbeing

Many of our clients wonder why they can lose weight, but cannot get rid of the stomach fat or have well defined abs.
There are 4 key reasons why you cannot lose your stomach fat or feel bloated in the abs region:

1. The abdominal wall becomes stretched during pregnancy.
This needs to be reversed post pregnancy and in-between children. It is never too late to start to re-train these muscles even if your child is 20! The traditional sit up exercises are not always the best method to re-train these stretched muscles. They can actually lead to an even ‘pouchier’ abdomen.

2. Inflammation in the digestive system or any of the organs.

Visceral-Somatic Reflex describes the relationship between the organs (viscera) and the muscles (soma). Let’s say, for example, that you have a food intolerance. This food will cause an inflammatory response, which will cause all the muscles in the area to shut down, namely your abdominal and back muscles. This means that you are essentially walking around with a naked spine. In other words, muscles are not supporting the spine and your abdominal muscles are turned off. So, no matter how many sit ups you do, these muscles will not be activated!
3. Parasites, bacteria and bugs.

We are bombarded with parasites, bacteria and bugs from the air, our food, water and human contact. There’s no getting away from them that’s for sure. It is normal for bacteria and bugs to pass through our body. However, if we become very stressed, unwell or are suffering from emotional issues, our immune system drops and we become prone to infestations. In other words, bugs will take up residence inside us! This can be problematic. Many people have bacterial or parasitic infestations and the symptoms can vary from person to person, but some of the common ones are:

1.    Itchy underneath the nose
2.    Athlete’s foot, toe fungus or recurrent yeast infection/thrush
3.    Sleepless nights and nightmares
4.    Constant fatigue
5.    Abdominal pain that can take your breath away
6.    Back pain
7.    Night sweats
8.    Constipation and loose bowel movements
4. Posture

If you have one of the common postural issues that is seen nowadays, you may have shoulders that round forward and a head that protrudes in front. This can cause your abdominal area to also protrude forward, making it look bigger than it is. Stand in front of a mirror, pull your shoulders back and stand tall. Notice how much flatter your abdominals look? The key is to get it to stay here! Postural Corrective Exercises are really important for this. Come along to one of our workshops to find out how to do this or take up yoga!

How to improve?

So, now we understand 4 of the main reasons why we may have an abdominal area we are unhappy with………what can we do about it?

1. Start by noticing which foods you are possibly intolerant to.

Keep a food diary for 1 week and record symptoms. If you don’t have time to do this, the 5 foods below are usually the main culprits in my clinical experience:

•    Gluten – it is in everything. Even reducing consumption by 50% can have positive results. Switch to gluten free/sans gluten bread, pasta and cereal to improve the look of your abdominal area.

•    Soy – Processed soy, such as soya milk and yoghurts is extremely toxic to the system, particularly the thyroid and female hormone levels. It is fine in its natural state such as miso or soya sauce. An impaired thyroid gland means that your body temperature will drop. This is why many people with very cold hands and feet often have thyroid issues. A low body temperature means that fungus can grow even more, causing inflammation and thus turning those much needed abdominal muscles off.

•    Pasteurized Cow’s Dairy – Many people are intolerant to the process of pasteurization rather than dairy itself. Switching to raw sheep or goat cheese and yoghurt can reduce inflammation and bloating in many people.

•    Refined Sugar – Did you know that 1 teaspoon of cane sugar shuts down the immune system for 4 hours! If you want to prevent getting bugs/parasites and fungal infections, you need a healthy immune system. To get the sweetness back in your life, instead use raw honey, naturally sweet fruits and root veggies such as parsnip, sweet potato and carrot.

•    Dried Fruit - Dried fruit can be problematic to many people, due to the process of drying fruit. Fruit is often laid out in the sun and many flies and bugs land on the fruit, hatching their lave. I love eating dried fruit now and again, so do what I do, soak it in water overnight and flash boil it for 3 minutes the next morning to remove any harmful bacteria. If you experience lots of wind after eating dried fruit, it may be a sign to leave it out of your diet for a while.

2. Re-train your abdominal muscles using the simple Peak of Wellbeing exercise of the month. Or contact Duncan or myself for specialized individual help.

3. If you suspect you may have a parasite, bacterial or fungal infection, get yourself tested via a lab test. At Peak Of Wellbeing, we offer a series of highly effective pathogen tests.

4. Join a yoga or Tai Chi class to improve posture, come along to one of our workshops or try our personalized coaching.
Author's bio

jennie-delbridge-peak-of-wellbeing webJennie Delbridge is one of the co founders of Peak Of Wellbeing.

She has been working professionally in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years as a Personal Trainer and Class Instructor, before she discovered Functional Medicine and the CHEK Institute.

As a CHEK Practitioner and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, she is able to identify the underlying problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. The key is to look at the body as a whole, focusing on seven simple Foundation Factors:

1    Eating
2    Breathing
3    Sleeping
4    Corrective Exercise for the Individual
5    Hydration
6    Stress Reduction
7    Thinking Patterns

She is passionate about helping others to achieve peak health and wellbeing and fulfill their own personal and professional goals.

Jennie works on a one to one basis and runs workshops, talks and seminars throughout Europe, including the UK.