New Way to Fight Belly Fat

by John Romaniello on February 18, 2010 · 4 comments

By John Romaniello

Like many people, you probably suffer from regional fat storage issues. That is, while you store fat over your entire body, it’s probably most noticeable in certain areas, and it’s from these areas in which we struggle most to lose fat. You know–the problem areas.

These problem areas are influenced heavily by your hormonal environment, and where you store that last bit of fat is determined by which of your hormones are most out of whack (and yes, sometimes it’s quite a few of them).

Today I’m going to talk to you about belly fat specifically.

One of the things that has been talked about quite a bit in fitness media lately is the relationship between belly fat and a hormone called “cortisol.”  

To put it simply, the higher your cortisol levels, the more belly fat you’re likely to have.

By the same token, if you have a good deal of belly fat, it’s reasonable to assume that you have high cortisol.

Having high cortisol is detrimental for other reasons, but for our purposes, let’s focus on the fact that cortisol is keeping you not-so-little in the middle.

Rather than just suffer through this, the obvious solution is to try to lower cortisol levels and resultantly lower belly fat. And I’ll tell you, lowering cortisol is a LOT trickier than you might think.

I’m sure you’ve seen the late night TV ads trying to sell you anti-cortisol pills. Even if they worked (they don’t), it’s a hormone like cortisol can’t be fooled by a little pill.

Besides, wouldn’t it be much more effective to find a solution without taking expensive pills? Something that is also going to help you burn fat overall?

Well, that’s actually possible.

You see, I’m big on using certain hormones to tame other hormones. Essentially, you CAN actually fight hormones WITH hormones. Clever, I know. It’s just a matter of finding which hormones work well against one another.

When it comes to cortisol (and belly fat), you need look no further than Growth Hormone.

Also known as Human Growth Hormone or simply GH, growth hormones is produced in the pituitary gland and is responsible for growth (obviously) among other things. More specific to this writing, growth hormones is actually one of the most effective things in the world to offset cortisol.

Put simply, if you want less cortisol, just make more growth hormone.

Just tell you body to do it. Make a few calls. Okay okay, it’s not that simple…but I have some really good news.

Did you know that there are certain types of training that are actually exceedingly effective at producing growth hormone?

It’s true–indirectly.

You see, growth hormone is normally produced and released in response to something, and in the case of training, GH is released as a response to the production of something called lactic acid. Lactic acid is a waste byproduct of some of the chemical and metabolic processes that happen during exercise.

So, if you do exercise in a specific way, you can produce MORE lactic acid, which will then produce tremendous amounts of growth hormone as a result. That growth hormone surge will also help to work against your high cortisol levels. And as we’ve established, that will absolutely assist you in getting rid of your stubborn belly fat.

Of course, you’re wondering: how to I do it!? It’s easy. While lactic acid is produced in most forms of intense exercise, there is an unusual style of exercise that can actually produce even MORE lactic acid than is generally possible with other types of exericse. Appropriately (and not-so-cleverly) called “lactic acid training,” this type of training uses slow lifting speeds and fast lowering speeds.

The reason for the structure is that lactic acid is primarily produced during the “concentric” or positive/lifting phase of an exercise, and not so much during the “eccentric” or negative/lowering phase. To take advantage of this and produce more lactic acid, we simply–with apologies to Bing Crosby–accentuate the positive and (almost but not quite) eliminate the negative of each rep on all of our exercises.

To quantify it a bit, for each rep, you’d lift it over a period of about 4 seconds, and lower the weight extremely quickly, but safely.

If you were squatting, you’d drop down to the bottom position relatively quickly, and push slowly back to the top. In an overhead press, you’d lower the dumbbells quickly but safely, and press them back over your head over a period of 4-6 seconds.

Performing exercises with these extended concentric movements is going to create a tremendous amount of lactic acid, which in turn is going to prompt your body to produce fantastic amounts of growth hormone. And that growth hormone is going to help you manage cortisol and fight belly fat.

And if all THAT wasn’t enough, lactic acid training is also just a great fat loss training method, so you’ll lose fat overall.

If you want to fight your cortisol issues, you need growth hormone. And for that you need lactic acid training. Utilizing this method, you’re one step closer to fighting off your belly fat for good.

About the Author: John Romaniello is a NYC personal trainer, coach, author and model. He has helped thousands of people achieve and surpass their fitness goals using both traditional and unconventional methods, including many New York-based actors, musicians and models. If you have been struggling to lose that last 5, 10, or even 20 pounds of stubborn body fat and you are ready to get the body you’ve always wanted, click the link to check out John’s unique training system: Final Phase Fat Loss.

[Editor’s Comments: Pretty cool, huh? John’s article is a little longer than I typically like to publish on The Healthy Minute…but I just couldn’t bring myself to edit any of the content.

John really knows his stuff and he is a MASTER at pinning “good” hormones and specific exercise up against the “bad” hormones that cause regional fat storage. I just picked-up a copy of John’s program…YES, I actually paid for it…and after reading it from “cover to cover,” I’m convinced it’s going to help me lose that last 5 – 10 pounds of flab I’m still carrying around my midsection.

His new program (which is available at a full 52% OFF until Midnight tonight), Final Phase Fat Loss, provides you with specific types of exercises and workouts to combat:

1. Estrogen, “man boobs” and lower-body fat (combatted with “Density” training and Testosterone)

2. Insulin, and your “love handles (combatted with “Dynamic” training and IGF-1)

3. And of course, Cortisol and belly fat (combatted with specific “Lactic Acid” training and Growth Hormone)

If you struggle with “problem area” fat storage…like I do…then I believe this is THE program to use.  Click the link below and check it out while it’s still 52% OFF:

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I hope you enjoyed today’s article, and be sure to check out John’s system before the Grand Opening Special closes tonight.]

Required Legal Disclaimer: some of the links mentioned within this post or posts they lead to are my affiliate links and I get compensated for recommending those products. However I NEVER recommend something I don’t believe in and welcome your questions and feedback.

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1 glyconutrients February 18, 2010 at 9:09 am

Great article!

Many people don’t understand that accumulation and breakdown of fat is mostly controlled by hormones and this articles does a good job letting people know their importance.

I’m surprised there’s no mention of glucagon (which turns on fat breakdown), or calcitrophic hormone (regulates whether you will burn the fat or not).

Kevin :: GlycoTrainer
On Twitter as: @GlycoTrainer

2 Pete February 18, 2010 at 10:20 am

Thanks for the great feedback Kevin! I will be on the phone with John in the very near future, and I’ll be sure to ask him about the two hormones you mention. I assume that because glucagon, calcitrophic hormone…and also insulin…are contolled more by dietary factors rather than training methods, he might just defer to an expert on nutrition. I’ll keep you posted.

~ Pete

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