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Be a Cohen Mom Like Shiela!

Signing up for the Cohen Program was a quick and easy decision for Shiela Lagera. Switching between roles intermittently as a working mother had impacted her health in more ways than she had hoped. Her blood pressure was problematic, as was her cholesterol and uric acid. A mother of three, Shiela had to put her children’s needs first whilst undermining her own.

But the health issues were only among the basic reasons why she decided to enroll in the program. “I had other problems like choosing clothes that I previously liked and can no longer purchase because of the bulging fats in my waist line,” she shared.

Determined to lose the belly fat and bring back her youthful glow, she took the program with her husband Eduardo Lagera who remained supportive along the way. Together, they constantly reminded each other of the reasons why they decided to go through the program.

Shiela lost a total of 33.3 lbs in a total of five months and is happy with how much her mindset has changed after the program. She and her husband are now constantly adapting to the new lifestyle taught to them by the consultants who assisted them in their journey. After this huge milestone in their lives, she and her husband have become more health-conscious – not only for themselves but for their future as a family. They now look forward to travelling the world together in their healthier, stronger and more active bodies.

Why You’re Not Losing Visceral Fat


When your abdominal fat won’t bulge, genetics, hormones, or easy-to-fix mistakes could be to blame.

Getting rid of your unhealthy fats is important for more than just vanity’s sake. Excess abdominal fat—particularly visceral fat, the kind that surrounds your organs and puffs your stomach into a “beer gut”—is a predictor of heart diseasetype 2 diabetes and some cancers. If diet and exercise haven’t done much to reduce your pooch, then your hormones, your age, and other genetic factors may be the reason why.

You’re getting older

As you get older, your body changes how it gains and loses weight. Both men and women experience a declining metabolic rate, or the number of calories the body needs to function normally. On top of that, women have to deal with menopause. “If women gain weight after menopause, it’s more likely to be in their bellies,” says Michael Jensen, MD, professor of medicine in the Mayo Clinic’s endocrinology division. In menopause, production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone slows down. Meanwhile, testosterone levels also start to drop, but at a slower rate. This shift in hormones causes women to hold onto weight in their bellies.

You’re eating too many processed foods

“Refined grains like white bread, crackers, and chips, as well as refined sugars in sweetened drinks and desserts increase inflammation in our bodies,” says Patton. “Belly fat is associated with inflammation, so eating too many processed foods will hinder your ability to lose belly fat.” Natural foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are full of antioxidants, which have anti-inflammatory properties and may therefore actually prevent belly fat, Patton says.

You’re eating the wrong fats

The body doesn’t react to all fats in the same way. Research correlates high intake of saturated fat (the kind in meat and dairy) to increased visceral fat, says Patton. On the other hand, monounsaturated fats (the kind in olive oil and avocados) and specific types of polyunsaturated fats (mainly omega-3s, found in walnuts, sunflower seeds, and fatty fish like salmon) have anti-inflammatory effects in the body, and if eaten in proper portions may do your body good. But Patton warns that eating too much fat of any kind increases your calorie intake and could lead to weight gain, so enjoy healthy fats in moderation.

You’re stressed

Tight deadlines, bills, your kids—whatever your source of stress, having too much of it may make it harder for you to drop unwanted pounds, especially from your middle. And it’s not just because you tend to reach for high-fat, high-calorie fare when you’re stressed, though that’s part of it. It’s also due to the stress hormone cortisol, which may increase the amount of fat your body clings to and enlarge your fat cells. Higher levels of cortisol have been linked to more visceral fat.

You’re sick

If your testosterone levels are high—something that can occur with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)—you might have difficulty losing weight. “If you’re an apple shape and overweight, it’s a good idea to see your doctor,” Dr. Kashyap says, since there may also be a chance that you are prediabetic or diabetic.

If you’re still struggling with excess, unhealthy fat – lose it with the Cohen Program!

The Cohen’s Lifestyle Program helps reduce not just overall weight but importantly, visceral fat, all while improving your overall sense of well-being. Your eating plan is personalized based on your blood test results so you’ll be able to get to your goal weight rapidly and safely.*

Our consultants will guide you throughout the journey, thereby maximizing the potential of your eating plan so that you wouldn’t just lose weight – you’ll learn to keep it off. After all, it’s not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle change!

*Individual results vary.