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Is Your Waist Too Big?
Do you find it’s hard to breath in your favorite blue jeans? You should find out why your waistband could be telling you something important.
Jumping onto the scale may give you a good idea of how well your weight loss attempt is going, or not. However, it doesn’t give you a full and accurate picture and it may not reflect if you are at a healthy weight.
Are you Apple or Pear Shaped?
The amount of body fat we carry around our waist area is a very important indicator of our health, more so, perhaps than the amount of our weight.
Even if we are what’s considered a reasonable weight, a bit of a middle age spread or a beer gut could be a warning that we’re vulnerable to diabetes, heart disease and other medical issues.
Having a bountiful booty with a classic “pear” shaped body is better for many aspects of a person’s health than being more of an “apple” shape.
The most accurate way to tell is to compare the measurement of your waist against the measurement of your hips.
To do this, you should wrap a measuring tape across your middle, halfway between the bottom of your rib cage and the top of your hip bones and write the number down.
What is The Measurement so Concerning?
We know we should watch our weight if we have a spare tire or can “pinch more than an inch.”
However, the fat we carry on the inside is even more of an issue to be concerned with.
Having a big belly is an indication of excess fat in the liver and around other internal organs and it is associated with metabolic syndrome. That may refer to a collection of issues such as high blood pressure, fatty liver disease, and a predisposition to stroke, heart attacks and much more.
Medical science is not sure why fat gets distributed in different ways, but gender, genetics, stress, medications and much more could all play a role.
What can be done?
Shifting weight from one location on the body to another is the best place to begin. We can’t lose fat from certain areas preferentially, but losing a couple of pounds will reduce fat in the internal organs and from around the waist, as well as everywhere else.
Cutting back on calories, sugar, bad fats and carbohydrates is a good idea. However, it’s not in how much we eat, but it’s more importantly linked to “what” we eat.
There is an abundance of evidence that shows sugar contributes to weight gain and fat. There has also been attention given to a substance called insulin, which is found in vegetables and fruits like onions, bananas, leeks, wheat, artichokes and asparagus.
Insulin controls glucose, which is one of the earliest indicators of metabolic syndrome. A diet low in processed foods and high in vegetables and whole grains is best for your health.
If you are interested in healthy ways of losing weight, it’s best to consult with your physician and a nutritionist to ensure it is safe.
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