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Chillax! A major risk factor to increasing abdominal fat is the hormone cortisol. Cortisol causes a redistribution of bodyfat to occur and causes an increase in belly fat. Belly fat tissue actually increases in size when it is exposed to cortisol. Suffice it to say, if you want to get lean, especially in the abdominal area, you have to control cortisol levels! Reducing stress and getting enough sleep every night (7-9 hrs) can certainly help in managing cortisol levels to reduce fat storage in the abdomen region. Taking supplements like Vitamin C, Zinc, and Phosphatidylserine may also help!

- Celebrity Nutritionist, Rehan Jalali

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QuickFit Tip Of The Day

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For ABSolutely Fabulous Leanness, cut out carbohydrates at night. These cause major fat storage to occur and send your blood-sugar levels haywire when you eat them too late at night. So no carbs 5-6 hours before bedtime. Stick to lean protein and fibrous veggies in the evening like Grilled mahi mahi w/steamed broccoli–this combo may also help you burn calories while you sleep!

- Celebrity Nutritionist, Rehan Jalali

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QuickFit Tip Of The Day

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Preparation is the key to fitness success. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Schedule your workouts like a business meeting! Keep healthy, protein based snack around you at all times. For Example, when I worked with Matthew Perry, I provided him with protein snacks like shakes, bars, and crackers so he could be better prepared to execute his fitness plan!

- Celebrity Nutritionist, Rehan Jalali

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QuickFit Tip Of The Day

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Get your zzzzz's! Research shows that just one night of sleep deprivation can lower metabolism and energy expenditure. Plus, lack of sleep can increase genetic risks for obesity, increase appetite and cravings, and has been linked to Type 2 Diabetes and inflammation. Oh and of course there's the crankiness! Bottom Line: Sleep 7-9 hours per night to maximize health and leanness!

- Celebrity Nutritionist, Rehan Jalali

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QuickFit Tip Of The Day

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For ABSolutely Fabulous Leanness, Cut out carbohydrates at night. These cause major fat storage to occur and send your blood-sugar levels haywire when you eat them too late at night. So no carbs 5-6 hours before bedtime. Stick to lean protein and fibrous veggies in the evening like Grilled mahi mahi w/steamed broccoli–this combo may also help you burn calories while you sleep!

- Celebrity Nutritionist, Rehan Jalali

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Q & A With Celebrity Nutritionist Rehan Jalali

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Hi There!

I need some advice. I've been trying to lose weight for over a year now and have not noticed any difference. I work out everyday by either doing pilates, kickboxing, or running and usually maintain the same weight. I eat pretty clean–no processed foods/minimal oats & grains–protein shakes, green & lean meats/fish for lunch, fruits, nuts, edamame, hummus as snacks. Lately though, I've been putting on weight (10 lbs in the last 2 months), and I am really disappointed and discouraged about it.

I've been told that I am not eating enough for compensate for my workouts, but I dont see how that would make me put on that much weight. I've also been told that it might be muscle weight, but that seems too extreme in such a short period of time especially for my frame (5'2" 136lbs). Frankly any advice would be helpful.

Thank you for your time.

Patty

Hey Patty!

I would not judge fitness progress or decline based on scale weight alone because that can be deceptive. I would look at how your clothes fit, your bodyfat % change, and how you look in the mirror! Some simple tips for you: Don't overtrain (sometimes overtraining can be worse than undertraining and cause weight gain)–take one day off completely from workouts per week. Cut out soy based foods like edimame, and keep fruit intake to no more than 1-2 servings daily max since fructose may slow down metabolism and hinder fat loss.

Rehan Jalali, Celebrity Nutritionist And Author of The Six-Pack Diet Plan

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