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If your waist has been expanding year after year, it might be because you aren’t treating your health like a 401k. In fact, you could be on a crash course for a health bankruptcy and not even know it.
Unfortunately, a waist that’s more than 1/2 your height in inches (around the belly button) is a bigger problem than vanity. It’s a sign that your future health is at risk.
Extra inches around the middle are what I call a ‘toxic waist’ because it’s usually an indicator that diabetes, heart disease, or other chronic diseases are lurking around the corner.
It’s possible to clean up a toxic waist and reverse that trend by treating your health like a 401k. Set up automatic contributions by simply tweaking your AM, PM, meal, and work routines.
HERE ARE 5 MISTAKES I SEE AND WHAT TO DO INSTEAD:
Mistake 1. Eating small meals all day long.
This never gives your body a break from digestion so it can repair cells or use up energy stores in the fat. Instead, choose your eating window. It’s best if it’s 12 hours at most and 8 hours at the least. Eat within that window and then close the kitchen until the next day.
Mistake 2. Eating breakfast first thing in the morning.
By doing this you’re wasting one of the best opportunities for burning fat stores. Instead, wait a little to break your fast while and take time to engage in some form of fasting movement. This could be walking in the morning, Qi Gong, or a simple 4x4 workout. (4 movements for 45 seconds each, repeated 4 times). Since blood sugar is lower at this point in the day, your body will need to pull energy from your glycogen and fat stores to fuel the movement.
Mistake 3. Eating cereal or toast for breakfast.
This floods your body with sugar and requires a large amount of insulin in response. It sets the stage for volatile blood sugar for the rest of the day. Instead, break your fast wisely. How you break your fast can make or break your day. Be sure to include fiber, fat, and protein in that first uber important meal of the day.
Mistake 4. Sitting still behind a desk all day.
Break up long bouts of sedentariness with short movement minutes. This is more beneficial than going to the gym for an hour every day. Move at least every hour at work. It can be as simple as standing up and walking around the room while on the phone. You can march or stretch or go up and down the stairs a few times. Knock out a few pushups or bounce on your toes. Do anything to let your body know that it is still alive.
Mistake 5. Sitting down to relax after a meal.
This is when your blood sugar is on the rise. So go for an after-meal walk for at least one meal per day within 15 minutes of eating. (Preferably after your largest meal of the day.) This will help control blood sugar and prevent a surge of insulin in your system.
If you’re interested in my help with dropping 2-4 inches off your waist so you can transform your health, click HERE to have a chat. I will ask you a few questions and together we’ll determine if my 12-week program (The Wellth Academy) is a good fit. For the right person, it’s the smartest, simplest, most sustainable way to maintain a healthy weight in the midst of a busy career.