Risks Of Belly Fat – Why You Should Pay Attention To Your Waistline

The health risks of excess belly fat are being highlighted for both men and women and people are  encouraged to pay attention to the size of their waistline.

Risk of disease

belly fatIf you are storing fat around your midsection, your health could be at great risk. It has nothing to do with you being a man or woman.

According to Josh Houghton, the author of Flat Belly Detox guide and a Celebrity trainer, a waistline that is more than 37 inches is more dangerous for a man and it can put you at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, some cancers and heart disease.

For women, when you waistline has reached 32 or more, then you should start watching it. Normally, excess fats in the body are stored under the skin, but the deeper fat in your belly are stored around your vital organs in the abdomen.

Regardless of whatever your overall weight is, having too much belly fat can make you vulnerable to serious health complications.

Losing weight

Once you realize your waistline measurement and realize it might increase your risk of developing excess fat related disease, then its time to shift that excess weight by combining regular physical activity with a healthy eating habit.

As an adult, be sure you reduce the amount of time you spend sitting and aim to be active every day. Over a week, your activity levels should add up to about 150 minutes of activity of moderate intensity exercise. One means by which you can achieve this is by doing a 30 minutes workout at least 3 days a week.

One of the best fitness centres around you will be a good place to start. Your fitness coach can help you come up with an exercise routine that will work for you.

Body Shapes – Apples and Pears

belly fatGenerally, your body shape reflects your lifestyle and genetics. Fat stores in all sorts of different places in the body and it depends on individual as well. Young women usually gain weight on their butts and legs while men tend to pack it on their bellies.

This explains why men in their 40 are more vulnerable to developing heart disease when compared to women of the same age. However, once women reach menopause, they are no longer protected from this. This is because of the changes in their hormones, which causes fat to spread in their midsection.

Whatever your gender or age is, a life of fast food and TV can end up in your belly. According to a study at Duke University, which was published Journal of Applied Physiology, it was discovered that avoiding exercise is a very effective way to put on weight around the midsection.

The study also found that just 8 months of inactivity add to deeper belly fat by 9%. On the other side, people who led an active lifestyle for 8 months were able to reduce their belly fat by 8%.

A life with high levels of inactivity isn’t the only part of bigger belly. There is also another common factor, which is often ignored. There is growing evidence from different studies that have revealed that continued stress also promote fat building up around the midsection.

Stress can come from a low-paying job or dissatisfaction with a high pressure but it contributes to the body’s production of the stress hormone, which is known as cortisol. Cortisol promotes the build-up of fat around the abdominal area.

Continued stress causes the body to produce hormones such as cortisol, which put the body on high alert. The stress hormone particularly encourages the building up of fat in the abdominal belly. Some studies revealed that a bulging midsection if your body’s way of defending itself against stress

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