How to Melt Your Stubborn Belly Fat

Melt Belly Fat with Coconut Oil - Here is How
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Millions of people across America (not to mention worldwide) struggle with stubborn abdominal fat, which can be difficult to shed even when a healthy lifestyle is adopted. Not only is abdominal fat, also called visceral fat or ‘belly fat,’ unsightly, it can can lead to an increased risk of a number of health conditions.

The solution to those extra pounds may actually come as quite a surprise.

Read more at The Alternative Daily - Coconut Oil - The Low-Calorie Fat Busting Oil that Will Melt Your Stubborn Belly Bulge.

A Vegan Bodybuilding Experiment

Vegan Bodybuilding - Photo/Image:  PETA
Traditional bodybuilding methods stress eating a lot of protein, specifically a lot of animal protein like beef, poultry, pork, eggs, whey and casein powders.  While the RDA of protein for sedentary males is 0.8 grams of protein per 1 kilogram of body weight, most bodybuilders eat protein well in excess of that - some as much as 2.2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.

One of the prevailing myths in the bodybuilding world is that loads of protein is required to build muscle and only animal-derived protein is "quality" protein.  However, more and more vegetarian and vegan bodybuilders are successfully challenging this myth with awesome results.  Among the many vegan athletes, just a few of these are Jim Morris, Billy Simmonds, Dusan Dudas, Alexander Dargatz, Joel Krkilis, Kenneth G. Williams, Robbie Hazeley, Robert Cheeke and Joshua Knox.

Joel Kirkilis:
"Being a competitive vegan bodybuilder, in a sport which has a significant emphasis on the consumption of animal proteins has provided me with the opportunity to prove that a vegan diet is just as effective for enhancing physical performance yet more importantly it does not involve the cruelty required to produce "traditional" bodybuilding foods."  ~~ Read more at Great Vegan Athletes

To learn more about vegan bodybuilding and how large, beautiful, lean muscle can be built with plants, watch:

The Story of a 78-Year-Old Vegan Bodybuilder - Jim Morris:  Lifelong Fitness

A Vegan Bodybuilding Experiment:  Joshua Knox at TEDxFremont

How to be STRONG as a VEGAN - Lecture by Vegan Bodybuilder Robert Cheeke:

Study Finds Explanation for Postmenopausal Belly Fat

Visceral and Subcutaneous Belly Fat Credit: Randy Salas
Scientists have long known that lower estrogen levels after menopause can cause fat storage to shift from the hips and thighs to the abdomen. Now, a groundbreaking study, co-authored by the Mayo Clinic, has determined why: Proteins, revved up by the estrogen drop, cause fat cells to store more fat.  The study also revealed a double whammy: These cellular changes also slow down fat-burning by the body.

For another opinion on the results of the study, read Mayo Clinic Study on Low Estrogen and Weight Gain Unclear.

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