Five life-changing reasons to loose your belly fat
Belly fat gets a bad rap, but why? Well the fat around your belly is not inert. Every fat cell is busy communicating with the rest of our body reinforcing a poor state of health that has implications on your future and what you die from. Belly fat causes low grade inflammation; it produces hormones that affect appetite and fat storage, it impairs energy metabolism and belly fat is associated with insulin resistance, depressed mood and chronic stress to name a few. A little belly fat is probably ok, but how much belly fat is considered a health risk?
The Waist to hip ratio
The waist to hip ratio (WHR) has become a strong indicator of predicting a number of chronic debilitating illnesses including Type II diabetes, depression , chronic stress, heart disease and increase your risk of many cancers. Evidence suggests the WHR is more reliable way to predict chronic disease like depression and type II diabetes. Another way to look at WHR is that
people with “apple-shaped” bodies (with more weight around the waist) face more health risks than those with “pear-shaped” bodies who carry more weight around the hips. For women this means they can be less concerned about their thighs and buttocks , but keeping the belly fat off is critical for a long healthy life.
The currently accepted guidelines for a healthy WHR and therefore better health and longevity is as follows: –
Men who have a WHR of more than 0.9 and Women who have a WHR ratio of more than 0.8 are at greater risk of chronic diseases and a shorter life.
So to recap there are many reasons to loose that excess belly fat, here’s five big one
- You are less likely to feel depressed, stressed or anxious.
- You are less likely to to develop Type II diabetes
- You reduce you risk of many cancers
- Your fertility is improved significantly
- You will live longer, have a greater vitality and have a healthier heart.