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If you go on a caloric restrictive diet and force yourself to exercise excessively, the body automatically turns down the heat production and drastically reduces energy production as a defense mechanism to conserve ‘fat’.  That’s why on strict diets, people generally feel cold and exhausted and tend to stop exercising after a while.

In many people who hit this weight loss plateau, there is usually a lot more visceral fat hidden deep inside.

You can’t see visceral fat and it’s more dangerous than thigh and buttocks fat. It hides around your liver and kidneys, intestines and reproductive system. Visceral fat clings to your vital organs. It can add 7 to 15 centimetres to your waist and hips.

Exercise programs claiming to get rid of muffin tops have forgotten about human biology. Fat oxidation (fat burn) by the body is unrelated to the particular muscles being worked. Fat is taken from throughout the body and used through a complex process to provide energy. No matter how hard you do these exercises, you will not budge the muffin top.  You can’t spot reduce fat.

Here’s the bottom line: You are exercising particular muscles. You are not exercising the fat that surrounds them. You are hardly affecting that fat at all. A solid hour of muffin top exercises in the gym uses less than 1 kilogram of fat (1). And that is fat from the whole body fat store, not just from around your hips. You can’t spot reduce fat. No matter how much the muscles ache, an insignificant amount of the energy burned comes from the fat surrounding them.

 

In fact, these exercises can actually make muffin tops worse. Over a period of months the exercises develop the targeted muscles; however, most of the overlying fat remains, while the muscles grow bigger. This is especially so with the obliques, those two muscular bulges at the sides that work to twist the body. The net effect is an increased waist, making the muffin top look even bigger.

Working with top modeling agencies who want their models to have hips the size of their bust and a waist 25 centimetres smaller than both, research shows that neither particular exercises nor starvation diets work. Exercises increase muffin tops and starvation strips off your subcutaneous fat (the fat that you can pinch) before touching visceral fat.

Starving and exercise targeted at muffin tops are useless for models, who depend on their looks for a living. Consuming quality proteins, such as Isagenix Isalean Pro every day, have helped many people lose fat in a healthy way including those in the modeling industry.

Thermogenesis

Thermogenesis means creation of heat. When you are not exercising, the body creates heat through activating a mechanism called brown-adipose-tissue (BAT). Activating BAT permits production of heat directly from body fat without going through the energy cycle or being burned in muscular activity (2). That is, you can lose body fat without moving a muscle, even while you sleep. Animals that hibernate, such as the grizzly bear, activate BAT to burn up to one quarter of their total bodyweight during winter without any exercise.

Most fad diet and exercise programs do not activate BAT—they do just the opposite. If you go on sudden food restriction yet force yourself to exercise excessively, the body automatically turns down heat production and drastically reduces energy production as a defense mechanism to conserve fat. That’s why strict dieters generally feel cold and exhausted, and tend to stop exercising after a while.

Scientists used to think that thermogenesis would not work for people, because, unlike bears, humans cannot hibernate. A hibernating bear can lose 136 kilograms of fat while it sleeps, as its body converts fat directly to BAT, which then creates the heat required to keep it from freezing over the winter. Recent technology, however, has allowed us to measure human BAT. Though not as efficient as bears, the body of a 40-year-old man or woman can make sufficient BAT to provide 15 percent of their total energy, and get all of it from body fat without any exercise (3).

There are four steps to activate thermogenesis to burn fat. You need to follow all of them carefully to succeed. Make them a habit along with IsaLean Pro and your muffin will slowly disappear.

Step 1: Increase Thermogenesis to Increase Fat Loss
The first and most important step in increasing thermogenesis is to use melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone that turns on in the brain for your sleep cycle. It’s no accident that bears turn on copious melatonin to activate BAT during the sleep of hibernation. In bears and humans, melatonin is essential to convert white body fat to BAT and heat (4).

After about age 20, melatonin declines in the human body. By age 40, it has declined by half. You can get some melatonin from almonds, sunflower seeds, coriander, cardamom, and mustard greens. Unless you eat a lot of them, however, it is insufficient to activate much BAT (5).

The alternative is to supplement with melatonin. But most melatonin pills do not work. About 90 percent are deactivated by digestive acids in the gut. A liquid melatonin spray is much better as it’s quickly absorbed so that it can more easily pass through the blood-brain barrier into the brain.

Step 2: Good Sleep Keeps Fat Loss Going 

Inadequate sleep disrupts BAT activity. So you have to get sufficient sleep (about 7 to 8 hours). To ensure an effective melatonin rhythm, sleep in the natural dark cycle rather than during daylight hours to optimize melatonin production. It can also help to sleep in a room at a cool temperature, which encourages heat production.

Don’t use your mobile phone or computer in bed. The wavelength of light used to backlight these devices effectively turns off your melatonin rhythm (6). Alternatively, you can get an app that changes the backlight wavelength so that it does not affect melatonin.

Step 3: Morning Thermogenesis Fat-Burning

To continue the thermogenesis and fat loss after you wake up in the morning, take the Isagenix E+Natural Energy Shot on an empty stomach. Its botanicals from green tea (especially the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)) and yerba mate may be even more effective than consuming a strong cup of coffee. (7,8).

Also, do some light exercise for just 5 to 15 minutes to raise your metabolic rate when you wake up such as walking the dog. Missing a day puts you two days behind. Make it routine and thermogenesis can continue for up to four hours afterwards (7).

In a recent controlled study, two groups of healthy men used a moderate reduced calorie diet plus tea for 12 weeks. One group had green tea extract added to the tea to yield high levels of EGCG. The group consuming the higher levels of EGCG lost an average of 2.4 kilograms of body fat, approximately twice the loss of the control group. One important finding was that much of the fat loss was visceral fat from around the organs (8). Loss of visceral fat can help reduce the appearance of muffin top.

4. All-Day Thermogenesis Fat-Burning

To turn on thermogenesis, the body has to produce proteins called “uncoupling proteins.” These uncouple the use of some of our oxygen from the production of ATP (our energy molecule). The oxygen can then go direct to production of heat by mixing with and burning the BAT you have activated. But whenever its visceral fat that is under threat, the body turns uncoupling proteins way down.

Recent research shows that high levels of the long-chain omega-3 fats EPA and DHA, from marine sources strongly turn up the uncoupling proteins again (9). As with every nutritional supplement, you should start low and slow. Spread out use with each meal during the day to aid digestion.

Summary Steps to Really Melt the Muffin:

1.Consume protein in the form of IsaLean Pro
2. Get Good Quality Sleep to keep fat loss going
3. Sleep in a cool, dark, and quiet room 7 to 8 hours every night
4. Use E+Shot and Green Tea Formula each morning
5. Get enough EPA plus DHA spread throughout the day

As with all supplementation, use these fat-loss strategies at your own choice and risk, as given the right information your body has ample power to make it fit and healthy.

And remember, if you have any questions at all, I am always here to talk or simply Click here to email with your questions and I will reply to you.

Regards,

Margaret McNamara

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References

1. Melanson, EL, et al. Exercise improves fat metabolism in muscle but does not increase 24-h fat oxidation. Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2009 April; 37(2): 93–101.doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e31819c2f0b
2. Stock MJ. Thermogenesis and brown fat: relevance to human obesity. Infusionstherapie, 1989;16(6):282-284.
3. Giralt M, Villarroya F. White, brown, beige/brite: different adipose cells for different functions? Endocrinology. 2013 Sep;154(9):2992-3000. doi: 10.1210/en.2013-1403.
4. Jiménez-Aranda A, et al. Melatonin induces browning of inguinal white adipose tissue in Zucker diabetic fatty rats. J Pineal Res. 2013 Aug 12. doi: 10.1111/jpi.12089.
5. Colgan M. Sound Sleep. American Fork UT: Sound Concepts, 2012.
6. Wood B, et al. Light level and duration of exposure determine the impact of self-luminous tablets on melatonin suppression. Applied Ergonomics 2013 Mar;44(2):237-40. doi:10.1016/j.apergo. 2012.07.008.
7. Westerterp-Plantenga MS. Green tea catechins, caffeine and body-weight regulation. Physiol Behav. 2010 Apr 26;100(1):42-6. Doi10.1016/j.physbeh.2010.02.005.
8. Wang H, et al. DJ: Effects of catechin enriched green tea on body composition. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2010, 18:773-779.
9. Flachs P, et al. Cellular and molecular effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on adipose tissue biology and metabolism. Clin. Sci. (Lond.) 2009;116:1–16.

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