Belly fat isn’t attractive. But it’s the fat beneath the belly that poses the most risk to healthy aging. Called visceral fat, it’s rapidly absorbed by the liver, which increases the risk for cardiometabolic syndrome and puts people at higher risk for heart disease. It’s not part of the normal aging process to accumulate belly fat. Keeping it off comes down to exercise and diet. So if you’re a woman whose waist measures more than 35 inches or a man whose waist measures more than 40 inches, it’s time to trim the fat.
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Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
Deb Froehlich , NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answered
"How we look and feel is a direct correlation to what we put in our body (80%) and what we do with our body (20%) " - Deb Froehlich
As always check with your doctor before beginning a diet and exercise program and remember this simple equation to reduce belly fat: Move more + eat real food - processed food + eat a little less than you burn = Fat Loss.
Also be sure to:
- Include 3 days of cardiovascular type of activity per week (Rhymic, continuous and try to break a sweat for at least 30 min. total time per day)
- Perform 2 days of strength training per week. Strength training not only expends energy but it helps build more lean tissue (muscle uses more energy than fat), which will also help use up more fuel than you take in to create that calorie deficit.
- Not to forget about the food part of the equation. Eat a little less or if your eating was way out of control, considerably less than before and be sure your choices include real un-processed food.
Follow that simple formula and your belly fat will be vanishing before you know it.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Paula Greer, Midwifery Nursing, answered
Belly fat is the fat that is stored in the omentum deep under the abdominal muscles. This fat can actually replicate itself and increase in size. Belly fat is also easily accessed by the liver which can cause our cholesterol and triglyceride levels to rise. Belly fat or the omentum can also change our insulin levels in the blood stream which causes our blood sugars to rise. This omentum fat is close to your major organs like the liver and also increases the inflammation responses in our body. These are reasons that belly fat is a good predictor of diseases like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, auto immune diseases and cancer. To avoid the serious complications that can come from belly fat women should aim to have their waist sizes below 32 and a half inches and men should aim for keeping their waist size 35 inches or below. When women get above 37 inches and men above 40 inches they will start to see some of the dangerous health implications. I was a perfect example of this. When my waist measurement was 45 inches I was hypertensive, had high cholesterol and triglyceride levels and was prediabetic. Losing 20 inches of my belly fat has brought by blood pressure, blood sugars and cholesterol and triglyceride levels back to normal without medications. Losing that spare tire has given me so much more energy and decreased my risks for heart attack, stroke and cancers. Losing belly fat is not just about looking better it’s about feeling better and decreasing your risks for the serious complications and health issues caused by belly fat.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.