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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Health Obesity Fat Diet Excess storage of fat is linked to many different chronic diseases. But some areas of fat storage on the body are worse than others. In general, women have greater absolute body fat percentages than men. Typically, women carry more fat around the legs, hip and buttocks, as well as the chest and upper arms. Women have more subcutaneous fat—the fat you can pinch under your skin—while men typically have more visceral fat, which is stored in and around the abdominal organs. People who have greater fat stores around their butt and thigh (gluteal-femoral) regions are at lower risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, than those with greater fat stores around their middle. Why is belly fat more dangerous? Excess fat around the tummy is subcutaneous fat—which you can pinch—as well as visceral fat, which is in and around the organs in the abdominal cavity and only visible using medical scans. Researchers have found excess … [Read more...] about Why Is Belly Fat the Most Dangerous Fat of All?
In an episode of "The Simpsons," Homer and Bart are watching TV when Homer decides to show off the remarkable powers of his beer belly. He takes a beer that's propped on his stomach and lifts it to his mouth without using his hands. Then he flips the can over using only his belly, and crushes it. While Homer's dumb trick with his beer belly is oddly athletic, that mountain of abdominal fat has far more crushing powers than that. Not only has belly fat been linked to a higher risk of heart disease and cancer, but now a new study shows it can make you as foggy-brained as Homer Simpson. Research published in the journal Circulation looked at data from more than 5,000 people and found that a higher waist-to-hip ratio (one measure of belly fat) was associated with lower cognitive function in adults over age 60. It seems that abdominal fat pumps pro-inflammatory chemicals into your bloodstream, which damages your brain. We're suggesting that the 229 million people in this country who are … [Read more...] about Belly Fat Can Damage Your Brain
While the old thinking was that long, steady-state cardio sessions were best for burning fat, we now know that intense, fast-paced cardio is much more effective, says Buckley. "For maximum fat-burning and body-sculpting results, you need varied, intense workouts that include short intervals which leave you totally spent," she says. Researchers hypothesize that this contributes to your body's "after-burn" effect, where you continue to burn calories long after your workout is finished. Hope Pedraza, an ACSM personal trainer and the creator of inBalance, a San Antonio-based fitness and wellness studio, suggests doing intervals that alternate between exercises that work different muscle groups. After a 10-minute warm-up, spend 30 seconds doing as many reps as possible of squats, push-ups, kettlebell swings, and single-arm rows. In fact, choose any of your favorite exercises—just make sure you alternate between exercises that work different muscle groups, which will help certain … [Read more...] about 8 Best Workouts To Target Belly Fat
Think about your day: You drive to the office, sitting down; you work and attend meetings, sitting down; you eat three meals, sitting down; you watch TV, sitting. Basically, your day consists of long periods of sitting with short stretches of walking that take you to your next sitting spot. (If you sit all day, do this 5-minute stretching routine to help loosen up.)One casualty of this pattern: your sense of balance. That might not matter much when you’re young, but after many years of the sedentary life you might find yourself wobbling when you get out of bed or afraid to balance on a curb, says Connie Borho, founder of Balance Pilates and Yoga Centers in Bradenton, Florida. And a lack of balance practice means that sense becomes even worse, a vicious cycle that results in falls, having a hard time getting out of a chair, and a drop-off in athletic performance.(Blast belly fat and tone every inch with the fun ballet-inspired workouts in Flat Belly Barre!)What to do? First, get … [Read more...] about 5 Tools You Need To Build Better Balance—And Why It’s Crucial For Your Health