The Flat Belly Cure Podcast - Episode 2

January 16, 2017


In the Flat Belly Cure Podcast, Mark and Stephen talk belly fat: storing it, why it’s stored, the diseases associated with belly fat, and how YOU can get rid of it. Mark and Stephen delve into the topics of chronic stress and sleep as being major causes for the visceral fat around our bellies. Is there such a thing as too much or too little sleep? How are stress and sleep related? How do we reduce our stress? Tune in as Mark and Stephen reveal the right amount of sleep as well as their own strategies for managing stress that can help you conquer the dreaded belly fat. 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:02 – Introduction to the episode
  • 00:35 – One of the major reasons people store fat around their stomach is due to sleep
    • 00:55 – According to a 5-year study, adults under the age of 40 who sleep less than 5 hours accumulate more visceral fat
    • 01:03 – Those who sleep more than 8 hours also added visceral fat
    • 01:16 – Too much sleep and too little sleep is not good for you
    • 02:10 – Lack of sleep leads to chronic stress
  • 02:21 – The causes of belly fat is due to chronic stress and sleep and how they link together
  • 02:30 – The many types of stress
  • 02:48 – A study suggests that middle-aged women who have depressive symptoms are prone to have more visceral fat, but not subcutaneous fat
    • 03:09 – Visceral fat is the stored fat around the organs
  • 04:13 – What people can do if they can’t get enough sleep
    • 04:18 – First, establish a nighttime routine

      • 04:55 – You want to be winding down for sleep
    • 06:00 – People should write about their day to have an outlet for their thoughts
      • 06:32 – Make sure that the room is pitch black

        • 07:10 – Things that emit even the smallest amount of light shouldn’t be in the room
      • 07:45 – Read novels for just 15 minutes
    • 08:38 – Stress is more difficult to address than sleep
    • 09:24 – The way you handle stress depends on the type of stress you have
    • 10:12 – Mindfulness in meditation
      • 10:38 – 40% of our day, we think about other things while we are doing something
      • 11:06 – Being mindful is being in the moment and focusing on the task at hand
      • 12:24 – Meditating for 20 minutes a day helps ease your mind
      • 13:30 – A twice a day meditation helps you to be more in control
    • 14:38 – “If you can remove the stress, you can learn to handle it better”
    • 14:50 – The better you can handle stress, the more likely you are to not store fat around your stomach
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3 Key Points:

  1. Two known causes of belly fat are chronic stress and your quantity of sleep.
  2. If you’re under 40 years old, too much or too little sleep can cause visceral fat to accumulate—aim to have 5-8 hours/night.
  3. Take care of yourself—meditation and a nighttime routine are ways you can address a lack of sleep and chronic stress.

Resources Mentioned: – Mark and Steve’s website


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