The Dangers of Belly Fat and What Your Waist Size Should Be

Posted on June 17, 2016
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Not all fat has the same impact on your health and well-being. If you carry fat mainly around your hips and thighs, you are actually much better off than those who have excess abdominal fat. Belly fat comes with a unique set of dangers that go well beyond ill-fitting clothes.

Belly fat is located closer to the heart and puts unnecessary pressure on vital organs. It sits on top of and surrounds your major organs. This can create unnecessary pressure that interrupts normal functions. The fact that belly fat is located dangerously close to your heart also means that there isn’t much distance to travel in order to trigger a heart attack or a stroke.

Abdominal fat has been directly tied to chronic illnesses like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The fat that gathers around your middle section and forms a “spare tire” is also known as visceral fat. Unfortunately, this type of fat creates and releases toxins and chemicals that directly affect other vital organs and systems. In fact, these chemicals have been found to increase your chances of developing cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Simply reducing belly fat can also reduce your risk of chronic diseases.

A weak core can lead to back pain. Underdeveloped stomach muscles require other muscles to overcompensate, which can create a painful imbalance.

Imagine trying to sleep with a stack of books sitting on your stomach. Belly fat can create the same effect and lead to snoring and more serious conditions such as sleep apnea, which causes sufferers to actually stop breathing. To add insult to injury, disrupted sleep patterns and insufficient rest can create yet another hurdle to achieving better health and weight loss, thereby initiating a cycle that can be difficult to break.

Belly fat can disrupt your sleep patterns and cause snoring. If you’re not well-rested, you may be tempted to overindulge in carbs, thereby undermining your weight loss goals. Sleep deprivation causes people to crave simple carbs in order to give the body a quick boost of energy. Unfortunately, if you aren’t burning these calories, they will turn into more fat.

If you are worried that putting on a few extra pounds may be negatively affecting your health and putting you at risk for major diseases, here are some rules of thumb to consider:

  • Men should not have waist size that exceeds 40 inches
  • Women need to maintain a waist of 35 inches or smaller

Higher numbers mean that you may need to re-examine your diet and exercise routine. It is important to remember that even if you are able to maintain a healthy weight, your waist size is also an important indication of overall health. It’s advisable to consult your doctor about the right exercise and nutrition program for you.

While you may never achieve a set of six pack abs, reducing your waist size and getting rid of belly fat can help to significantly improve your health.

 

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Sources

Visceral Fat and Toxins
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1258185/The-toxic-fat-strangle-or…

Healthy Waist Sizes
https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-definition/a…

Dangers of Belly Fat
https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-definition/a…

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