Losing weight is hard but maintaining your physique can be even harder. In fact, most people who lose weight gain some, if not all, of it back over time. While many dieters might fall back to old habits after they hit their goal weight, re-gaining lost weight is primarily a matter of biology. When you start shedding pounds, your energy supply, or fat deposits, become depleted. Hormones like leptin, a chemical responsible for regulating energy levels and body weight, send signals to your brain indicating that your fat stores have fallen below a critical level. Your brain responds by setting off a chain reaction aimed at packing the pounds back on, triggering large increases in appetite and food cravings. The good news? Regardless of your body chemistry, there are steps you can take to win the battle of the bulge and maintain a healthy weight. 1. Don’t fall prey to old habits Old habits die hard, but it is important to stick with new routines once you’ve hit your … [Read more...] about Seven tips for keeping off the weight once you lose it
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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
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
A couple of months from swimsuit season, you might be looking in the mirror at any number of eyesores — beer belly, thigh rub, bra bulge, love handles, saddlebags — and asking: Can I get rid of that through exercise and diet? In other words, spot reduction. “No, it doesn’t work that way,” says Todd Miller, professor of nutrition and exercise sciences at George Washington University. “Fat in your body is like gas in your gas tank. Thinking you can reduce fat from your stomach alone is like saying you want to use gas only from the right side of your gas tank.” Fat, just like gasoline, is stored energy. It gets recruited equally from all over your body and sent to the muscles to be burned, Miller says. But why then do we carry more of it in certain areas? “Genetics is the most important determinant for where fat is stored,” says Scott Kahan, director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness. “Often we have relatively … [Read more...] about Why spot reduction for weight loss doesn’t work