What is Safslim?
Safslim is a clinically-researched formula for specifically supporting the management of belly fat.
What is belly fat?
Belly fat is comprised of mainly visceral, or omentum fat. This fat is different to subcutaneous fat (the fat you can pinch). Experts agree that omentum fat is the least desirable fat on the body when it comes to supporting good health. The management of belly fat, for both men and women, can promote overall health.
Why is belly fat so hard to manage?
Research and science has revealed that there are hormones that contribute to the management of belly fat. Reducing excess omentum fat supports normal levels of hormones, such as adiponectin, which help the healthy management of belly fat.
Adiponectin: Supports insulin balance and healthy fat metabolism
Incorporating healthy fats into the diet is an essential component for a healthy body and lifestyle. Recent research shows that a linoleic acid rich oil such as SafSlim is an excellent way to help manage belly fat. Delicious, convenient and easy to take, SafSlim will help support you in achieving your healthy body goals.”
– Karlene Karst, RD Registered dietitian and author
The science behind high-linoleic safflower oil
In a 16-week, double-blind controlled study conducted at Ohio State University, researchers compared high-linoleic safflower oil (SAF) with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).1 The study was conducted on post-menopausal women who had high blood sugar and wanted help to manage their weight. The study showed that high-linoleic safflower oil (SAF) supported the production of the important belly fat hormone, adiponectin, and was superior to CLA for weight management support.
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1. Leigh E Norris, Angela L Collene, Michelle L Asp, Jason C Hsu, Li-Fen Liu, Julia R Richardson, Dongmei Li, Doris Bell, Kwame Osei, Rebecca D Jackson, and Martha A Belury. Comparison of dietary conjugated linoleic acid with safflower oil on body composition in obese postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes mellitus1–4. Am J Clin Nutr 2009;90:468–76.
Increasing your physical activity will have dramatic benefits on your health.
Note that these are recommendations only. Please check with your healthcare professional before beginning a reduced calorie diet program.
Written by Karlene Karst, RD.
- Helps to promote healthy weight and weight management as well as supporting a healthy heart and overall health.
- Helps your body burn calories to help you lose weight.
- Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
- Decreases body fat, including belly fat.◊
- Gives you a positive outlook on life.
- Improves sleep.
- Helps control stress levels.
For anyone who currently does no activity, starting even moderate amounts of regular physical activity may be difficult. Your daily physical activity target should be built up in small activity “portions” (10-15 minutes) over time. Your rate of progression will depend on several factors, including age, functional capacity, medical status, personal preferences, and goals.
Cardiovascular activity has many benefits for heart health and releases endorphins that give you a sense of euphoria and wellbeing. Cardio work outs help burn calories; however, it will not reshape your body.
This is where strength training comes in.
Regular weight training combined with cardiovascular activity and eating five to six small meals a day will turn your body into a fat-burning machine even when you sleep. The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism is, and the more weight you will lose.◊ Your metabolism is a direct reflection of the lifestyle choices you make.
In addition, most adults experience a decrease of approximately five to seven pounds of muscle tissue per decade. Thus, strength training is important for maintaining the muscle loss that normally occurs throughout the aging process. We can lose up to one-half pound of muscle every year after age 25 unless we perform regular strength exercise.
- Every pound of muscle burns between 40 to 120 calories per day just to sustain itself.
- Every pound of fat burns between one and three calories to sustain itself.
A Strong Core for a Lean Belly
Having a strong core is more beneficial than you might think. A solid core protects your lower back, improves your balance, and provides postural stability. When you keep your abdominal muscles contracted, you work on your core all day long.
Because it is difficult to spot-reduce fat with exercise, the best way to start is to work your full body. To lose fat in your belly, you need to decrease your total body fat. Crunches or sit-ups will not get you any closer to your goal of having a flatter stomach. Full-body workouts will. Overtraining your abdominals is actually one of the most common mistakes made by beginners at the gym.
Check Your Posture
Proper postural alignment is the key to looking younger and thinner as well as improving your health and wellbeing. When your back is in a neutral spine alignment, the ligaments, muscles, and discs are at their optimal position and are under the least amount of stress. Think of a string pulling from the top of your head elongating your spine. Aim to maintain a neutral spine during daily activities and exercise. Maintaining proper posture will reduce your chances of injury and maximize your exercise benefits. In addition, proper alignment can improve your breathing and increase your confidence.
Proper form and technique will significantly increase the efficiency of your workouts and reduce your risk of injury. The most common mistakes people make include using the wrong technique, having improper form, swinging weights, using too much weight, and doing too much too soon.
When this happens, it is likely that your muscles aren’t actually getting any significant workout at all, certainly not an effective one. Mastering proper form and technique before you increase your resistance is crucial.
During every exercise, keep your core tight and back straight, making sure not to arch. Avoid locking your knees and your elbows. Keep your head in line with your spine, and keep your wrists straight while holding weights or bands.
Avoid Holding Your Breath
It is very important that you avoid holding your breath during your workouts. When you hold your breath, the amount of oxygen getting to the muscles and brain becomes limited, while blood pressure and heart rate increase to extreme levels. Lifting heavy weights while holding your breath could cause dizziness, fainting, and—in extreme cases—hernias or even heart attacks. To breathe correctly, exhale during exertion (the lifting portion of the exercise) and inhale during the lowering phase of an exercise.
Speed of Movement
Make a conscious effort to lift at a certain speed. For beginners counting 2 seconds up and 2 seconds down for each repetition encourages good movement patterns.
Avoid using momentum, as it puts unnecessary stress on your joints and will not give you the full benefits of an exercise; make your muscles, not gravity, do the work.
Change Your Workout
Remember the secret to successful resistance training is constantly challenging your muscles by increasing the resistance level, doing more repetitions and incorporating more sets. Additionally, your muscles need a break to properly respond to exercises. Avoid training the same muscle groups day after day. You need a break of at least 48-hours between workouts of the same muscle groups.
Furthermore, plan on changing your program completely every four to eight weeks.
Warm Up and Cool Down
Each exercise session should incorporate a five- to 10-minute pre-exercise warm up and a five- to 10-minute post-exercise cool down of low-intensity aerobic exercise (walking, cycling, etc.) or slow rhythmic stretching exercises to prevent injuries. Depending on your level of physical conditioning and tolerance, physical activity longer than 30 minutes is encouraged.
The purpose of the warm-up is to increase your body temperature and heart rate to slowly prepare your body for the workout. Walking, cycling, rowing, kickbacks, knee ups, and step ups are a few of the ways you can warm up. Active dynamic stretches are also recommended to take your joints through their range of motion before putting more strain on them. Movements like arm rotations, spinal rotations, extensions, and some lateral movements are great ways to move your joints.
After cardio activity, you will need to return your body and heart rate to its pre-exercise state, which will reduce the chance of post-exercise light-headedness or fainting. To cool down your body, perform the activity you were doing before working out (e.g., if you were walking fast to warm up, cool down by walking slowly). Stretching is also a great way to cool down.
Motivation Is Key
You can have the best plan in the world, but if you do not have the internal motivation, it will be difficult to stick to your new healthy routine. Here is a quick summary of tips to keep in mind when starting an exercise program:
- Make your health first on your priority list. Otherwise, something else will always seem to get in the way.
- Set realistic short- and long-term weekly and monthly goals.
- Visualize your success.
- Spend 5-10 minutes at the end of each week reviewing your schedule and planning when to fit exercise in the following week.
- Give your goals target dates and stick to them.
- Keep a journal of your workouts.
- Schedule motivational time into your daily routine.
- Surround yourself with positive people who will support you in reaching your goals.
- Find balance in your life. Get enough sleep and make time to relax.2
2. Karlene Karst, RD. Fitness for a Lean Belly. Belly Fat Breakthrough @2011:pg. 57-50