Almost everyone has a ‘problem area’ where they seem to deposit fat – and the waist is high on that list. However, the problem goes beyond not being able to close your shirt or looking less attractive in a bathing suit. Abdominal fat, also referred to as visceral fat, can be very dangerous to your health, which is why it is so important to lose weight.
What’s so bad about belly fat?
‘Research shows that individuals with excessive abdominal fat have a greater risk of heart disease and cancer than individuals with a similar body mass index (BMI) who carry their fat in other areas of the body.’ (Source: www.nu.nl.) Why abdominal fat is more dangerous than fat in other areas is not yet fully clear. What we do know is that many metabolic processes take place in the abdomen, and that water and fat influence these processes. Because the fat in the abdomen is very active, it can affect the way your body works. Abdominal fat also disrupts the normal balance and functioning of hormones. As a result, the fat is stored in the spaces between the abdominal organs. This is considered to be a potential cause for metabolic disturbances.
Increased risk of diabetes and heart and vascular disease
What is clear is that excessive abdominal fat reduces cells’ sensitivity to insulin. This causes glucose levels in the blood to rise and the pancreas to start producing more insulin, heightening the risk for diabetes. Excessive abdominal fat also increases the risk of heart and vascular disease, making heart attacks and strokes more likely. These are just some of the reasons to lose weight and banish the belly once and for all…
Measure your waist circumference to be sure!
Your waist circumference is one way to determine whether you have an increased amount of fat around your belly and whether you should lose weight. The correct place to measure your waist is halfway between your lowest rib and the top of your hipbone. Place the tape measure directly on your skin, breathe out and measure. Waist circumference thresholds which indicate increased risk of diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure and heart and vascular disease are 102 cm for men and 88 cm for women. (Source: thuisarts.nl.)
Three tips for beating belly fat
Tip 1: Exercise your tummy muscles
Trained muscles burn fat. Increased muscle mass in your abdomen will encourage the burning of fat off your belly. This is, of course, true for the whole body. So losing weight by exercising is a good way to start.
Tip 2: Choose exercises that you enjoy
It’s easier to stick to an exercise routine if you enjoy what you’re doing. Exercise can also include sports activities such as football, tennis, hockey, swimming, horseback riding and running. During these activities, you’re constantly using your abdominal muscles as well as other muscles. What’s more, exercise also helps to lose weight successfully by encouraging the body to burn off the energy that you consume. If you need to tip the balance scale in the direction of losing weight, also around your waist, keep in mind that you need to consume fewer calories than you are using.
Tip 3: Transform your eating habits
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Last updated on October 12, 2016.
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