Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Belly fat is maligned for its way of tampering with any outfit that doesn’t involve a muumuu, but really there’s something way worse about the stuff: When white fat expands in your abdomen, nestling deep among your organs, it sets you up for some serious health trouble. We now know that this type of fat, called visceral fat, is metabolically active and churns out stress hormones like cortisol and inflammatory substances called cytokines that affect you body’s production of insulin. The result is worse than just being generally overweight; you’re looking at increased risks of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, some cancers, and even dementia.Unfortunately, some women are just more prone to carrying weight in their middle instead of their hips and thighs. Sometimes, it’s genetics—maybe your mother was more apple-shaped. Belly fat can also increase around menopause, or … [Read more...] about 13 Ways to Lose Stubborn Belly Fat For Good
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Finding the time and motivation to work out and eat healthy is challenging for most people. But with the right preparation and a few simple behavior modifications, exercise and a balanced diet do not have to be impossible. Here are some nutrition and fitness hacks from Central Florida fitness trainers to help keep your health on track.Prep mealsPlanning and shopping for the right food in advance helps prevent impulse eating, saving consumers money and calories. Taking just 30 minutes a week to plan meals, from snacks to family dinners, can help keep eating habits on track.“Plan once for the week and then buy and prep it all on a day that works for you. Cut up fruits and veggies and package other items so they are ready for you each morning as you walk out the door and head to work,” said Kristen E. Scruggs, owner of Strong Finish Run Coaching and Sports Nutrition.To really understand how much you are consuming, use a food scale.“If you’re eyeballing a one-ounce … [Read more...] about 10 fitness and nutrition hacks
You likely already know that genetics significantly influence who you are. They mold your unique qualities that ultimately determine your thoughts, behavioral patterns, and of course, appearance. However, can your genes also influence how quickly you lose muscle mass over time? They sure can.Although everyone gradually loses muscle with aging, some people are genetically predisposed to lose it faster and easier, and starting at an earlier age, explains Julie Chen, MD, chief clinical officer at Vitagene, a DNA-based health and wellness personalization platform. Sarcopenia, which is the loss of muscle mass due to aging, often occurs as a result of lower levels of growth hormones, such as testosterone, and difficulties absorbing key nutrients we need, Chen says. (This article on your aging muscles will terrify you, but it just might change your life.)Generally, around 30+ in age, men and women can start to lose muscle mass—although it’s more common in men—but the … [Read more...] about Are Some People Genetically Predisposed To Lose Muscle More Easily?
Good things come in small packages – the same is true of chia seeds which are extremely good and power packed with nutrients and minerals. Chia seeds have gained in popularity in recent years due to the many health benefits that can be gained by eating them on a regular basis. These seeds can easily be incorporated into your diet by doing things like mixing them into your yogurt at breakfast, adding them to a post-workout smoothie. Supercharge Metabolism Chia seeds are a rich source of calcium, with two tablespoons of whole chia seeds providing more than 130 milligrams of calcium. Calcium plays a role in energy metabolism, and it may help regulate body composition and reduce body fat percentage. Using chia seeds a day you can help boost your metabolism and burn belly fat as well! Studies show that the addition of chia seeds to your diet also reduces visceral adipose tissue, a “belly fat” tissue that effects the metabolism of the body and is a component of obesity! … [Read more...] about Soak Chia Seeds To Supercharge Your Metabolism
There’s no beating a good weight workout, right? But if you really want to keep your body the healthiest it can be, you’ll want to add in some cardio into the mix, too.According to a study in BMC Public Health, overweight and obese people who started a 12-week exercise program including both cardio and weight training lost more body fat—including the heart-unhealthy kind that accumulates around the belly—than those who performed only cardio or only strength training.But the winter can be a rough time for guys looking to get their cardio in. For the casual runner, the cold temps can make pounding the pavement seem super unpalatable. And who can play pickup basketball if the court’s covered in snow and slush?These weather limitations can make it feel like your only option is to hop on the nearest treadmill, which can feel like an endless way to slog through your workout.But the good news is, you don’t have to slave away on the dreadmill to knockout … [Read more...] about 6 Indoor Cardio Workouts You Can Do Without Setting Foot On a Treadmill