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?
Workouts for belly fat
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
To keep your body the healthiest it can be, a combination of weight workouts and cardio is recommended. 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 exclusively. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below But the winter can be a rough time for cardio. For many, the conditions and harsh temperatures mean that riding or running outside is out of the question (or, at the least, will be happening a lot less often).These weather limitations can make it feel like your only option is to slog away the hours on an indoor trainer or treadmill. These are certainly great methods of keeping up your cardio fitness levels until you get on the roads or the trails again—but sometimes you just want to mix it up, or you might not have … [Read more...] about 5 Indoor Cardio Workouts You Can Do When You’re Tired of the Indoor Trainer
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