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Fight Belly Fat~Jillian Michaels

  • Health and fitness expert Jillian Michaels says that in order to burn fat, you need to strengthen your muscles and burn calories.
  • Michaels says that moves like crunches aren’t always effective on their own, Instead, she suggests focusing on exercises like push ups and planks, which target multiple muscles and therefore burn more calories.
  • Michaels also says eating foods high in healthy estrogens, getting enough sleep, and managing stress can help combat stomach fat.

Weight loss is achieved by focusing on two things: diet and exercise.

Fat burn, similarly, is achieved by building your workouts around two goals: strengthening muscles and burning calories.

That’s according to Jillian Michaels, health and fitness expert and creator of the Jillian Michaels app.

Michaels says that many people fall into the trap of thinking that they can “spot reduce fat.” As a result they come to rely on moves like crunches, which specifically target the abs. Moves like these only condition and strengthen the ab muscles, though, and Michaels says that alone won’t get you a six pack.

Jillian Michaels arrives at the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards Presented By Capital One at iHeartRadio Theater on January 18, 2019 in Burbank, California.

© Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage Jillian Michaels arrives at the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards Presented By Capital One at iHeartRadio Theater on January 18, 2019 in Burbank, California. “If you think you’re going to crunch away belly fat or crunch your way into a six pack, that’s a very incomplete component, because you have to burn the fat off the top of the muscle or you’re never going to see it, no matter how conditioned it is,” she said.

In order to burn the fat off the top of those muscles – or any other muscle on the body – you need to burn calories, and to do that you need to focus on exercises that target multiple muscles, Michaels says.

According to Michaels, exercises that work more than one part of the body simultaneously are extremely effective at burning calories. She uses planks as an example, saying that they target your entire core, as well as chest, shoulders, triceps, and quads.

She says push-ups are another exercise that works other muscles in addition to the abs.

Besides working out, Michaels says managing stress and estrogen levels can play a role in burning stomach fat specifically. She says that where you store fat depends on your hormone levels.

Jillian “The more testosterone dominant you are, the more you’ll store belly fat,” Michaels said. “The more estrogen dominant you are, the more you’ll store fat in your lower body, which is why you don’t ever really see men with cellulite unless they have some sort of severe hormone imbalance.”

Jillian Michaels recommends eating foods high in healthy estrogens, such as flax, yams, and fermented soy to help combat stomach fat. Otherwise, she suggests getting enough sleep and trying to keep stress at a minimum. 

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Jillian Michaels~Three Worst Foods

1. Sugar

Not-so-shockingly, Michaels names sugar as one of the greatest culprits of a sluggish metabolism. Why? After savoring a dessert, she explains, your blood sugar spikes. This causes your cortisol and insulin hormone levels to increase, in an effort to level things out—and it can eventually lead to metabolic disruption if left unchecked long-term. “Hormones work in a symphony, and there are tons of them,” explains Michaels. “So ultimately, when we’re looking at metabolism, we want to make sure that we have the right hormones working for us, instead of against us.” 

According to Chicago-based dietician Amanda Lemein, MS, RD, LDN, the lack of fiber in sugary snacks is yet another factor that makes them a total no-go for a solid metabolism. “Things that we think of as sugar—like cookies, cake, pancakes, whatever—are broken down by our our bodies really, really quickly,” she says. Fiber-rich foods, however, are digested slowly—your body fights hard to break them down, kickstarting your metabolism in the process. 

2. Processed grains

Next on Michaels’ hit list: refined grains like white rice, highly processed breads, and white pasta. These have a similar affect on your body as sugar, breaking down quickly and causing insulin to skyrocket. And that’s not all, says Josh Axe, DNM, CNS, DC. “When consumed in excess, refined grains can provide you with high levels of certain compounds that may hurt your metabolism, including gluten, lots of starch, and phytic acid,” explains Axe, founder of Ancient Nutrition and DrAxe.com. “Many packaged grain products also contain lots of added sugar, salt, synthetic preservatives, and are ‘fortified’ with synthetic vitamins and minerals that can be hard to metabolize properly.” Moral of the story: Stick with whole, unprocessed grains when you get a carb craving. 

a piece of cake on a plate: foods slow metabolism

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3. Processed Soy

Hold the vegan chicken tenders? “Soy is very toxic [to your thyroid],” Michaels claims. To be clear, scientists haven’t come to a consensus on this, but some studies do indicate that excessive soy consumption may negatively impact your thyroid—the gland in your neck responsible for regulating your body’s metabolic operations. (Especially if your iodine levels are low or you’ve already got some form of thyroid disfunction.) And to make matters worse, conventionally grown soy is also often treated with pesticides, which are also linked to thyroid issues. “The only time you should do soy is if it’s organic and fermented,” says Michaels. (Or you could always just turn to a soy-free Beyond Burger for your plant-based protein fix…)

Originally published on August 10, 2018; updated on January 24, 2019.


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3 Foods to Avoid,your metabolism/Information share

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When you take a look the ingredients that rev up your metabolism, a few stand out. Namely, fiber (particularly from “real” foods like fruits and veggies) and iodine-rich options like seaweed. For every metabolic superhero, though, there’s an alternative eat out there that works the opposite way, sabotaging your body’s calorie-burning prowess.

“The two things that are predominantly in control of your metabolism are your endocrine system and your hormone balance,” says Jillian Michaels, creator of the My Fitness app and former trainer on The Biggest Loser. Thus, when you chow down on something that disturbs these things, your metabolism gets thrown for a loop, too.

You may have already guessed some of the nutritional villains that Michaels names as the worst for your metabolism—cough, sugar, cough—but below you’ll get the full scoop from the celeb coach herself, with a bit of added insight from nutrition experts.

Keep reading to find out which foods you should avoid for a healthy metabolism.

foods slow down metabolism © Photo: Unsplash/Joanna Kosinska foods slow down metabolism

1. Sugar

Not-so-shockingly, Michaels names sugar as one of the greatest culprits of a sluggish metabolism. Why? After savoring a dessert, she explains, your blood sugar spikes. This causes your cortisol and insulin hormone levels to increase, in an effort to level things out—and it can eventually lead to metabolic disruption if left unchecked long-term. “Hormones work in a symphony, and there are tons of them,” explains Michaels. “So ultimately, when we’re looking at metabolism, we want to make sure that we have the right hormones working for us, instead of against us.”

According to Chicago-based dietician Amanda Lemein, MS, RD, LDN, the lack of fiber in sugary snacks is yet another factor that makes them a total no-go for a solid metabolism. “Things that we think of as sugar—like cookies, cake, pancakes, whatever—are broken down by our our bodies really, really quickly,” she says. Fiber-rich foods, however, are digested slowly—your body fights hard to break them down, kickstarting your metabolism in the process.

2. Processed grains

Next on Michaels’ hit list: refined grains like white rice, highly processed breads, and white pasta. These have a similar affect on your body as sugar, breaking down quickly and causing insulin to skyrocket. And that’s not all, says Josh Axe, DNM, CNS, DC. “When consumed in excess, refined grains can provide you with high levels of certain compounds that may hurt your metabolism, including gluten, lots of starch, and phytic acid,” explains Axe, founder of Ancient Nutrition and DrAxe.com. “Many packaged grain products also contain lots of added sugar, salt, synthetic preservatives, and are ‘fortified’ with synthetic vitamins and minerals that can be hard to metabolize properly.” Moral of the story: Stick with whole, unprocessed grains when you get a carb craving.

a piece of cake on a plate: foods slow metabolism © Photo: Unsplash/Jakub Kapusnak foods slow metabolism

3. Processed Soy

Hold the vegan chicken tenders? “Soy is very toxic [to your thyroid],” Michaels claims. To be clear, scientists haven’t come to a consensus on this, but some studies do indicate that excessive soy consumption may negatively impact your thyroid—the gland in your neck responsible for regulating your body’s metabolic operations. (Especially if your iodine levels are low or you’ve already got some form of thyroid disfunction.) And to make matters worse, conventionally grown soy is also often treated with pesticides, which are also linked to thyroid issues. “The only time you should do soy is if it’s organic and fermented,” says Michaels. (Or you could always just turn to a soy-free Beyond Burger for your plant-based protein fix…)

Thank you for reading 🙂