We have talked about the “battle of the bulge” many times over the years. We’ve tried to stress how extra belly fat has a multitude of poor consequences let alone the extra cost of larger slacks. Extra belly fat increases your chances of heart disease, cancer and breathing problems.
And a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine doesn’t make that belly fat look any prettier. You’ve read here how being overweight can shorten your life but if your “spare tire” is where you are carrying your extra weight the study underlines that your risk of any early demise is even greater.
What’s interesting is that being at your “normal” body weight but with excessive belly fat still increases your risk for diseases like asthma and dementia.
It’s a fact as we grow older and less active we can gain weight, particularly around the middle, and at the same time we are losing muscle mass. Being a healthy 150 pounds at 30 years old doesn’t mean you are a healthy 150 pounds at 50.
Take a measurement of your waistline. According to the parameters of the study if you are a male, the circumference of your waistline shouldn’t measure over 40 inches and if you are a female it shouldn’t measure over 35.
I personally think the study was a little too liberal. If you are even close to either one of those numbers you definitely need to look a lifestyle change. Your risk of an early death increase 15 percent to 25 percent with just an extra 4 inches of waistline and you could still have a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) ratio.
Some scientific studies suggest that fat stored in the abdominal area is more harmful than fat stored on the hips and thighs because belly fat seems to produce hormones and proteins that cause inflammation and partially interfere with insulin use and change cholesterol levels.
In individuals that we see here at the Fitness Road Wellness Center Rebecca takes BMI and weight measurements prior to and during any weight loss regimen.
In all weight loss, without exercise, there may be dramatic changes in the numbers on the scale but the ratio of fat to muscle on the BMI chart also increases. This tells us that you are losing more muscle than you are fat and you are not necessarily on the road to a healthier body.
We certainly wouldn’t discourage any weight loss but is our job to get you healthy.
Muscle is one of the tools you need to help burn fat so you want to keep what you have and hopefully increase the number of muscle fibers in your body.
This is why we encourage the three-pronged attack in your quest to lose that “spare tire.”
You have to eat the right foods, you have to exercise aerobically and you have to exercise an-aerobically.
This sounds pretty technical and a little difficult doesn’t it? Well it’s not.
Nutritionally, increase your water, protein, fruits and vegetable intake.
Decrease your sugar, fat, salt and soda intake. Nutritional competence cleans up your heart, belly and all the cells of your body.
Aerobic exercise means you have to take a walk, jog, hike a hilly area or just get moving to increase your heart rate and breathing. Aerobic training increases the strength of your heart and the capacity of your lungs.
An-aerobic exercise means you have to do some “resistance” exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, lift weights or use resistance bands. An-aerobic exercise increases your ability to burn fat and your body strength.
All of the above give you a better attitude on life and hopefully increase the years you’re going to be around. Your family and friends may appreciate that.
We have developed all kinds of programs and products over the years to help you fight disease and illness. If you need help to get healthier give us a call at (888) 348-7623 or send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our website www.fitnessroad.com. You are always welcome at the Fitness Road Wellness Center in Tempe, Ariz.
God bless you and yours, Mick.
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