Is belly fat dangerous? According to a study by the Epidemiology Research program at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta belly fat can be deadly.
Researchers found that people during their 10 year study who gained weight around their middle had an increase risk of death by 25 percent.
Can you be skinny and fat?
What’s most startling though is the fact that the people with the greatest risk of death were those with a normal weight for their height or BMI (body mass index) but large stomach. So, even if you are skinny according to the scale, you are more likely to die if you have a large mid-section.
So, what kind of people are most likely to be skinny according to the scale but fat in the stomach? Usually it’s people who have more body fat and less muscle mass because muscle mass weighs more than fat. Generally we call those people “over fat.”
People who exercise and are lean do not generally have as big of a waist line. If you are unsure if your waist line is in the healthy range, check out the ideal measurements for women and the article, “Are Women Bigger Today?”
Is belly fat the last to go?
Some people wonder, is belly fat the last to go? For some body types, it may seem belly fat is the last to go, but for other body types that’s where they see results first. It also depends on what kind of diet you adopt.
In general, exercising and eating a few belly-friendly foods will help you lose the dangerous belly fat first or as soon as possible.
Women who have a pear shape but also gained weight in their stomachs may have the most difficult time getting back in shape because fat in the abs is a sign they have spiraled out of control in terms of being “over fat.” They lose weight first in the upper body (arms and busts) and then in the stomach area. The hips and highs are the last to see results.
Hourglass women usually lose weight first in the legs and hips; then in the stomach area and finally in the upper body.
Best foods for losing belly fat
Some of the best foods for losing belly fat include dairy/yogurt. You can opt for low-sugar yogurts such as Siggi’s with agave nectar or protein powder for smoothies such as Almased. Add greens to your smoothies such as Amazing Grass Super Food.
The best ab diets include foods with probiotics such as Good Belly splash drink or Attune bars or Activia. Probiotics, which are the good bacteria your body needs for digestion, can also help get rid of dangerous belly fat
To shrink your stomach, avoid trans fats which are known to increase abdominal fat.
Stress and Ab Fat Connection
One of the reasons an early death is associated with increased abdominal fat may have to do with the stress and ab fat connection. People with a high level of stress are more likely to store fat in their mid-section. People who are stressed are typically unhealthy and out of balance. You can help ease stress, and therefore lose belly fat, by sleeping more and using exercise as an outlet for stress.
People who are stressed also tend to comfort themselves or soothe themselves with foods that are high in fat and sugar. You can tame diet rebellion by making a healthy lifestyle change.
Now that we know people with the highest risk of death are those who have large waists but a normal weight, it’s clear the key is fat loss and not weight loss. Losing body fat will inevitably result in a smaller waist line. You lose body fat not through deprivation or fad diets, but by eating healthy and exercising.
Source: Fitness RX magazine
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