Episode 17: Is Your Belly Fat Trying to Talk to You

 

Have you ever noticed that when you gain weight, you tend to gain it predominantly in one area? Why does it happen? As we experience big hormonal changes—for instance after pregnancy, during and before menopause, or when our stress load increases—our body responds and adapts to those changes by using and storing nutrients differently. And if you can GAIN weight in one spot, I'm here to tell you that you can LOSE IT in one spot too. Listen as Haylie Pomroy shares how she has helped clients lose fat strategically for 20 years. 

 

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What Is Your Belly Telling You?

I've got a great question about belly fat, belly bloat, above the belly button, below the belly button, and a request for some ideas and tips around that. I'm going to call this, What is Your Belly Telling You at the Belly Button, Above the Belly Button and Below. I have a couple of things when you are noticing an increase in size in your belly. A couple of things that I tell people to do is make sure that you test your digestive reserves. This is more indicative of the upper GI, the salivary enzymes, gallbladder, alkaline ash in the pancreas, the appropriate hydrochloric acid or acidity in the stomach. You do test your digestive reserves by doing our Lemon Challenge Test. You can find your Lemon Challenge Test in the Member Section. You can also purchase it if you're not a member. It's $2.99 or something like that. You can find that in the store.

What this does is we consume lemon. We check your pH before you consume lemon. We get a baseline. It should be ever so slightly acidic, about a 6.8. You then take a bite of lemon, which remember lemon is very acidic. Over time, you measure through your saliva, how quickly it takes for you to produce enzymes to come back to homeostasis at about a 6.8. You can go through the whole process there, but this lets us know, upper GI wise, how well are you digesting your food? What reserves do you have to take macromolecules like protein, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables and convert them into micronutrients that can help support and establish the metabolism?

It can give us a lot of information especially if you're an individual that bloats after a meal. You want to check your digestive reserves. It's also good to check your pH. We have a worksheet again in the Member Section that tells you a great protocol that we use to check your urine and saliva pH. It gives us an indication, remember the pH of the blood stays super stable, but how the body uses two of the excrements, the urine and the saliva, to constantly keep that homeostasis. A lot of that homeostasis is established by enzymes that circulate through the bloodstream. This helps us learn a little bit more about not only the upper GI but also the lower GI. Those are two amazing self-diagnostics that you can do.

 

Another interesting one is doing some measurements of the belly when you first wake up. I tell people to measure three places. You want to measure at the belly button. You want to measure 2 inches below the belly button and 1 inch above the belly button. You measure that in the morning, then usually I have you measure it after lunch. You've had breakfast. You've had a snack. You've had lunch. Things are starting to move into the small intestine. You're getting a lot of amino acid digestion starting to happen, complex carbohydrates are being converted into sugars. There are lots going on digestively in that day by this amount of time.

We go ahead and measure those three spaces again, 2 inches above the belly button, 2 inches below the belly button. When I have individuals that have an increase with more than an inch above the belly button, we're usually looking at digestive stress, a lack or imbalance in digestive enzymes and probiotics. If I have an increase by an inch or more 2 inches below the belly button, individuals are having more difficulty with hormones and hormone metabolism. The other is, and I used this suggestion if you're using targeted supplements to help create or strike healthier homeostasis, if you feel bloated and it’s soft and fluffy, a lot of times the belly fat is great. If it feels hard and distended, a lot of times a fat blaster is a better support for that. If you're one that notices you're bloated by the end of the day, but you wake up in the morning and you have a nice flat belly or it's flatter, a lot of times we'll do digestive enzymes, probiotics and the adrenal repair bundle. That has energy and stress.

If you don't do supplements, that's cool too. You can do this at home self-diagnostics and look at if it's above the belly button, you have more than an inch after lunch of increase. You want to look at doing a D-burn. That's all you can do all that food-based. If it's below, you want to look at doing H-burn, a little intensive there, and that helps with hormone-based. I hope this being all of your body, self-exploration and little bit fun measurements, and some good ideas can help if you're looking at what the heck is going on with your belly during the day. Keep putting power on your plate.

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