Recognise what triggers your stress, whether it's managing diabetes, work woes or health issues. Then, think about what relaxes you. It may be a yoga session, or listening to music, or simply being outside in the sunshine. Try doing one stress-busting activity each day, even if it's only for a few minutes.
Aim to sleep for at least seven hours a night to reduce your cortisol (a stress hormone) levels, and encourage appetite-regulating hormones. Struggling to get a good night's rest? Try shaping up your pre-bed routine.
The Harvard Medical School recommends doing 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each day to combat belly fat. Associate Professor Stephen Boutcher from the University of New South Wales' School of Medical Sciences has found that doing a 20-minute program on a stationary bike three times a week can cut visceral fat by 15% over 12 weeks. In addition, doing this workout can reduce your insulin resistance by 20-50%. Talk to your doctor or exercise physiologist about whether this kind of program will work for you.
SWITCH TO LOW GI
Recent research has concluded that a diet consisting primarily of low-GI foodshelps weight loss and visceral fat reduction. Why? Because low-GI foods break down more slowly than high-GI foods, which means steadier rises in your blood glucose and insulin levels. Check out the University of Sydney's glycaemic indexto find out which foods are high and low GI.
CUT BACK ON KILOJOULES
To effectively lose weight, including abdominal fat, Dr Alan Barclay says that "most people need to consume about 1/4 fewer kilojoules than they currently consume". Speak to your GP, diabetes educator or dietitian about safely reducing your kilojoule intake, while keeping your diabetes management on track.