I'm 33-years-old and weigh about 155 pounds. I am not fat, but my belly is big and for the last two months, I've been trying hard to lose it. I jog every day for about six miles and sometimes more. I've started eating healthy foods like vegetables -- mostly steamed vegetables -- and brown rice-but I still can't tell if I'm losing weight.
I do drink sugarless Red Bull few times in a week. If I don't then I feel fatigued even though I eat six egg whites for breakfast. Since I'm eating healthy I don't feel relaxed like I used to be when I was eating heavy foods. Can you please tell me why I'm not losing the weight and belly? I drink five to six bottles of water every day.
My waist is 31 inches but measured with my belly, it's 38 and is out from front, not the sides. I would appreciate if you could give me some ideas. Thanks.
I am very happy that you are trying to make some lifestyle changes and you are also making efforts to address the issues you are having. You want to lose some weight, but most of all, you need to lose weight from your belly.
A stomach of 38 inches will definitely put you at risk for many lifestyle diseases/disorders, especially diabetes. A possible reason for your large stomach could be that your intestine is becoming blocked. Maybe you have not been having good bowel motions. Given the situation you are now being faced with, I would also like to know whether you have checked for fibroids, as this is also one of the causes for high tummies in women.
One of my suggestions to you would be to start a detox programme that would help to eliminate waste in the intestine. You could detox using teas, by getting a colon flush or even using aloe vera. Please speak to a professional about how to go about this process. If the detox is successful, then the belly fat will be reduced to skin and at this stage, exercise or surgery can be used to help the stomach look better.
You mentioned that you usually drink sugar free Red Bull on a weekly basis. This drink contains caffeine which can raise the level of both cortisol and insulin. Cortisol is a stress hormone which many research has shown leads to belly fat. Although caffeine provides a short boost to metabolism after it is first consumed, it then results in a gradual slowing down of your metabolic rate after a while. There is a strong possibility that caffeine can trigger fat storage in the abdomen and or cause belly fat retention, so you will lose belly fat more slowly. Caffeine also enhances cortisol during stressful time, so it's not advisable that you drink caffeinated beverages when you are stressed.
I would suggest that you reduce your consumption of caffeine as it's very likely that after you have done your detox cleansing and continue eating healthy, the caffeine craving will go away after a while. In order to lose weight overall, you should try to reduce your calorie intake. You can further reduce the amount of calories you are eating by reducing the portion of your food like your brown rice for example. You could also replace your brown rice with just raw and steam vegetables and try and incorporate more fruits into your diet.