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  • Age is just the cake

    3 posts, 3 voices, 805 views, started Nov 12, 2009

    Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2009


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      Not only I am 43, but add to it I have diebitis type 2, high blood presure and to add the frosting on the cake I have two herniated discs.  I used to be very athletic and since my herniated discs I can’t even walk for 5 minutes.frown

      What exercise would you suggest to lose the belly?


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          Encee wrote Nov 12, 2009
        • This is the #1 question I’m asked by far.  It’s not just the exercise that will do this for you, but your diet.  Here are some quick suggestions.  I’ll be writing a series of blogs about “slimming your waistline” so I’ll be sure to  post links to them here.  But, I can give you some ideas now too:  

          Watch your carbonated drinks.  Eliminate them altogether if you possibly can.  They cause bloating, and can stimulate the appetite, even after you’ve just finished eating a full meal.  

          You’ve got type 2 Diab.  It runs in my family, I don’t have it and I hope I avoid it, but I am familiar with it.  Do you eat soy?  If you do, and that’s especially the low-carb and meal replacement items that have soy isolate in them, you should really cut it back.  Protein is the hardest food type to digest and the soy isolate is basically a concentrated protein so it can put a strain on  your digestive system.  Your tummy can show that by bloating.  

          Can you eat dairy?  If yes, then I recommend you increase  your intake of lowfat dairy products by 30 to 50% over what you are eating.  If you can eat it but don’t - try three slices of lowfat cheese per day, or two glasses of skim or lowfat milk.  I don’t like the calcium fortified juices but the reason is too long to go into here.  

          Are you regular?  That’s a biggie for lots of us women.  If not then you need to consult with your M.D. about how you can best get that corrected.  HBP runs in my family as well (geez are we related lol?)  and it can put a strain on virtually every part of your body, and literally cause physical tension.  That, by itself, can make you irregular and cause  your stomach to feel and look puffy all the time.  

          I don’t have the disc issue, but know as a fitness professional that that is very painful.  Needless to say, you need to follow doctor’s orders about that to the letter.  

          If, and only if, your doctor clears it for you there is upper body fitness equipment you can use with little to no use of your lower body.  If you are allowed and need help finding one just let me know.  These are arm-ellipticals or upper body cycles they are sometimes called.  With proper use there can be benefit to your midsection.  

          Good luck!

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