Belly Fat Can Give You Serious Health Problems, Remove It!
Belly fat, unlike fat located anywhere else on your body, should greatly concern you. The reason for concern is its proximity to major organs in your midsection.
Located in the abdominal cavity, belly fat is linked to several major health problems. It’s linked to an increased risk for metabolic diseases, including insulin resistance, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and fatty liver disease. In addition this fat type also increases your risk for breast and colorectal cancer.
Furthermore, people with large amounts of this deep abdominal fat are three times more likely to develop dementia according to several research studies.
There are three types of fat: triglycerides (the fat that circulates in your blood), subcutaneous fat (the layer directly below the skin’s surface) and visceral fat (dangerous belly fat). Visceral fat is located beneath the muscles in your stomach and poses many dangers to your health when there is too much of it.
This fat is dangerous because it produces excess hormones and chemicals.
An easy way to determine if you have too much, is to measure yourself. Take a measuring tape and wrap it around your bare stomach, directly above your hip bone. The tape should be snug but not too tight.
For women, a measurement of 35 inches or more is too much. For men, a measurement of 40 inches is unhealthy.
Belly Fat: Why It’s Dangerous
The danger comes from the fact that it secretes inflammatory proteins and fatty acids into your bloodstream. And, it’s located right near to your body’s portal vein — which transports blood from the intestines to the liver.
Chemicals secreted by visceral fat travel to the liver, where they can affect cholesterol levels and other disease processes. Specifically, it can trigger the development of fatty liver disease.
Belly Fat: How To Get Rid Of It
One of the best ways to get rid of it, is to lose weight and exercise. Simple protocol is to eat less and exercise more.
Indeed this kind of fat is easier to lose than subcutaneous fat, for example the type you find on your arms.
Insofar as diet is concerned, eat more unprocessed foods. Processing removes many healthy minerals and leaves you with just unnecessary calories.
And, as far as exercise is concerned, any type will do. The objective is to burn calories. The best and fastest way to burn up those calories is with aerobic exercises, such as walking, swimming, yoga or running. Whatever best fits you, just do it.
While changing your diet to healthier foods is important, the real key is exercise. Set up a schedule so that you exercise every day — 15 to 30 minutes a session is a great way to start. And, even if you just lose a few pounds, but keep it off long term — will go a long way to prevent the onset of chronic illness.