The Dangers of Belly Fat and Ways to Get Rid of itLisanne Wellness Center
When you’re trying to lose weight, you may think that all fat is equal. A pound off your thighs is just as beneficial as a pound off your belly. In fact, belly fat is much more dangerous than any other kind of fat simply because belly fat is different from every other kind of fat in your body. There are three kinds 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). When you hear doctors talk about the dangers of belly fat, they’re referencing both the dangerous visceral belly fat and the subcutaneous fat the resides under your belly.
Why is Belly Fat Dangerous?
Visceral fat is so named because it builds up in the spaces between and around your viscera (you internal organs, (including your stomach and intestines). And this layer of visceral fat isn’t just dormant, it’s actively producing chemicals and toxins (cytokines) that increase your chances of heart disease and make your body less sensitive to insulin, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. Cytokines also increase inflammation. Inflammation is linked to a slew of diseases and ailments (most diseases have inflammation as their primary cause), some of the worst of which are cancer of the colon, esophagus, and pancreas.
One of the reasons belly fat is so dangerous is because it can hide in plain sight. If you’re visibly overweight or obese, you probably know you have belly fat to lose. But if you’re not overweight, and especially if you’re otherwise healthy and workout regularly, you still may have belly fat to tackle.
To know if you have too much belly fat, all you need is a tape measurer. If you are a woman, your waist should be no more than 35 inches. For men, that number is 40 inches. If your waist measures more than this, use these tips to start melting away belly fat.
The “Blast Belly Fat Diet”
The best and most important way to tackle belly fat is with your diet. Some foods are simply better at blasting away stubborn belly fat than others (and some foods will help pile it on). To start, increase your intake of fruits and vegetables (mostly vegetables). Make sure some of these vegetables are raw, since the fiber in raw veggies can help reduce belly fat. Just be cautious not to get your fruit in juice form (unless you blend the fruit whole). Most of the fiber from the fruit is in the skin and pulp, which is lost in the juice. Next, cut out the biggest contributors to belly fat: trans fats, sugar, and salt. The easiest way to eliminate these from your diet is to pass on processed foods, which are packed with these additives. You can also swap out fatty oils like olive and canola oil for coconut oil, which has been linked to weight loss.
For the most effective belly fat diet, talk to a nutritionist to come up with a tailored meal plan.
More Ways to Decrease Visceral Fat
Weight Train: Muscle burns more calories than fat can burn, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn all day long. To improve your body’s muscle to fat ratio, start doing weight bearing exercises. And weight bearing exercises will work. Some examples are squats, pushups, weight training, running, and planking. You can complement your fat losing efforts by taking Vitagenis ConjuLean, a formula that torches fat and builds lean mass. Another great companion while weight training is Vitagenis Active Fat Burning Kit. You can blast away your belly fat with this supplement.
Get Up: Sitting for long periods of time can lead to excessive belly fat, especially if you sit excessively for years: like at your job. To combat all the sitting, stand up and move around for at least 10 minutes every hour.
Get Your Sleep: A chronic lack of sleep is linked to depression, anxiety, memory loss, weight gain, and even serious diseases like diabetes and cancer. Make sure you’re getting at least 7 hours each night. Eight to nine hours is better. For some assistance in this area, try taking a supplement like IDLife Sleep Strips, which contain compounds and minerals designed to enhance all three stages of your sleep cycle.
Belly fat is a serious danger that you need to address if you want to protect your health and longevity. Our functional medicine experts also recommend Vitagenis African Mango to boost the loss of belly fat. For tailored assistance reducing your belly fat, contact Lisanne Wellness Center at 713-461-WELL.