Did you know belly fat is dangerous even when you have kept your overall body weight under control? A study of more than 350,000 people published in THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE reported that a large waist can nearly double your risk of premature death. Excess belly fat results in what we call an "apple" body shape. Also known as visceral fat, it is stored in the abdominal cavity. This is dangerous because it can wrap around or even invade internal organs including the heart.
There are two types of belly fat. There is soft belly fat and then the hard belly that is often called "having a beer belly." The hard beer belly is the more dangerous of the two because people with hard belly fat have high levels of the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (CRP) which is a risk factor for heart disease. Among other serious health conditions linked to belly fat are: diabetes, migraines, cancer, dementia, and lung problems.
So measure your waist just below the navel. A good goal for women is 35 inches or less and 40 inches or less in men. Unfortunately, there are no known ways for spot reducing just visceral fat. Healthy overall weight loss includes: 1) eating healthy foods and watching portion size, eliminating junk and processed foods. Void processed carbohydrates such as snacks, white bread, fruit juice and beer. All these can cause a rapid spike in blood sugar that may increase belly fat. 2) Add aerobic exercise such as a 20 minute walk daily. This will burn calories, reduce fat and increase metabolism. 3) Set your thermostat lower. New research finds that sleeping in a cool temperature could increase your body's energy expenditure resulting in weight loss.
If you add these behaviors into your daily life, you should boost metabolism and lose weight including the visceral belly fat that is so dangerous. If you need motivation to eat well and add the aerobic exercise, hypnotherapy can be a valuable tool. Use hypnosis, get rid of that belly fat and BE WELL.