Belly Be Gone!

Welcome to our world! Hot Flash Universe is the go-to source for women over 40 looking for insight into the hottest, most current trends, products and issues.  Topics are approached with candor, intellect and a healthy dose of humor. We search for the best Los Angeles has to offer for women of any age to be sexy, smart and savvy.   Check out this week’s Hot Flash! Earlier this month, I woke up and looked in the mirror.  AAAAAAHHH!  I was turning into my Granny Annie — in the belly at least.  Seemingly overnight!  I turned 50, and wham! Didn’t even see it coming. I rushed to squeeze on Spanx.  Oh-oh, even those were not helping! In a panic, I turned to a well-known personal trainer and weight lifting champion, Fabian, calling him at 7:00a that morning.  I asked, how many sit ups do I need to do to get rid of my belly? His answer surprised me.  “None, ” he said.  I wondered if he was still sleeping. Once I made him drink a cup of coffee while talking to me, to make sure he really was awake, I learned  that no amount of spot reducing or abdominal exercises will get rid of my bulging belly.   Denial and acceptance of a bigger belly in women over 50 was not the answer either, as so many of us (aka me) have done.  Although Fabian acknowledged that as people age, especially women over 50, metabolism slows down, muscle mass is lost and fat tends to be stored in the belly.  But, he said, “You don’t have to condemn yourself to having a big belly just because you’re over 50.  I have a proven formula to lose weight.” His answer was something I expected.  The best way...