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The Truth About Belly Fat – Sonya Collins

Surprise: Everyone has some belly fat, even people who have flat abs.

That’s normal. But too much belly fat can affect your health in a way that other fat doesn’t.

Some of your fat is right under your skin. Other fat is deeper inside, around your heart, lungs, liver, and other organs.

It’s that deeper fat — called “visceral” fat — that may be the bigger problem, even for thin people.

Deep Belly Fat

You need some visceral fat. It provides cushioning around your organs.

But if you have too much of it, you may be more likely to get high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and certain cancers, including breast cancer and colon cancer.

The fat doesn’t just sit there. It’s an active part of your body, making “lots of nasty substances,” says Kristen Hairston, MD, assistant professor of endocrinology and metabolism at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

If you gain too much weight, your body starts to store your fat in unusual places.

With increasing obesity, you have people whose regular areas to store fat are so full that the fat is deposited into the organs and around the heart, says Carol Shively, PhD, professor of pathology-comparative medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

How Much Belly Fat Do You Have?

The most precise way to determine how much visceral fat you have is to get a CT scan or MRI. But there’s a much simpler, low-cost way to check.

Get a measuring tape, wrap it around your waist at your belly button, and check your girth. Do it while you’re standing up, and make sure the tape measure is level.

For your health’s sake, you want your waist size to be less than 35 inches if you’re a woman and less than 40 inches if you’re a man.

Having a “pear shape” — bigger hips and thighs — is considered safer than an “apple shape,” which describes a wider waistline.

“What we’re really pointing to with the apple versus pear,” Hairston says, “is that, if you have more abdominal fat, it’s probably an indicator that you have more visceral fat.”

 

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These Bathing Suits Will Hide Your Belly Fat

If you have a little extra love on your love handles or bulge in your belly, you can still be a bathing beauty with a few style tricks that will slim your stomach in no time flat — from strategically placed lines to ruching to color blocking, and more.

And, if you think that all swimwear masking your midsection is matronly, then think again. The latest suits work their slick magic while looking plenty sexy. For flattering, feminine form, look no further than this hit list of hot (and haute) options for your next pool day or beach vacay.

 

 

How do you burn fat?

How Do You Burn Fat?

No matter what your body type and shape is, there are still billions of fat cells present in it often sandwiched in between your muscle and skin tissues. However, take note that the specific amount of fat cells you have will never dictate your weight. It’s actually their size, which tends to fluctuate based on the amount of fats stored in the body.

Now the question is how do the accumulated fatty deposits break down once you start to perform your weight loss workouts? The answer is a biochemical process, which works in converting molecules in the fat cells that often demand too much space, particularly in the belly causing belly fat, into usable energy.

A Closer Look at the Fat Burning Process

The whole process actually starts once you begin decreasing your intake of calories while increasing the level of your physical activity at the same time. Note that calories show the specific amount of potential energy present in certain foods. If you consume fewer calories than what you burn, then expect your body to react in the decrease of available energy through the production of hormones that mobilize fat. In turn, this serves as a signal for vital enzymes to break down any fat reserves, thereby producing more energy.

Lipase is one of the key enzymes that contribute a lot in the fat burning process. Such enzyme works in stimulating fat cells, allowing them to release triglycerides known as the kind of fat found in your fat cells. This results in the breakdown of each triglyceride molecule into glycerol as well as three fatty acids.

Furthermore, the liver breaks down glycerol even further as a means of releasing energy. On the other hand, your bloodstream will serve as the avenue for the transport of the three fatty acids into your muscles. Lipoprotein lipase, a vital enzyme, then helps in stimulating the absorption of fatty acids by your muscle cells. Such burns them for the production of additional energy.

The Science Behind Belly Fat

All people have fat inside their body. It includes the subcutaneous fat layer found beneath your skin, which works in insulating your body, as well as the deep visceral fat, which protects and surrounds your organ. With that said, belly fat is actually important in your body functions. However, too much of stored belly fat can be bad not only to your appearance but also to your health.

Note that men and women also have different ways of storing fat. In fact, women tend to accumulate body fat for around 6-11 percent higher than what men store. In most cases, they collect the fat around their hips and thighs, often triggering a pear-shaped figure and more belly fats. On the other hand, men often store fats only on their belly, causing what people call as the beer gut.

The hormone estrogen is also responsible on why the female body tends to accumulate fat. Studies show that they tend to store more fats than men as this process can prepare their body for pregnancy. The problem with having excess fats particularly in the belly is that it can trigger a number of health issues. Visceral fat can actually increase your risk of dealing with metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Can you Remove Excess Fats?

The good news is that there are plenty of ways to get rid of belly fat. A combination of an ab workout, which tends to strengthen your core, and proper diet can help. You need to start eating clean. Some of the recommended foods are fresh fruits and veggies, seeds, nuts, whole grains, lean protein, such as eggs, fish, and poultry, and low-fat dairy products.

A diet based on whole grains with calorie intake properly controlled also work in trimming belly fat. You need to monitor your portions, too. By being smart about your food and calorie intake, as well as your exercise, you can lose excess fats not only in your belly but also in other parts of your body, like your chest, hips, butt, and face.

The war against belly fat

I'm not kidding. Belly fat is a curse, an enemy, and it's WAR. War I tell ya!!

When you look at someone that was fit and trim in their youth and now they have a big belly they just look wrong. Case in point, and I love the guy but this is true, “The Fonz” , Henry Winkler.

He was so fit and trim in his youth and on the show Happy Days. I don't know if he exercised or not but I'm guessing he was naturally thin and didn't have to worry too much about what he ate.

Now he's and older man. Some would say “an old man”, and that body is not what it used to be. Good food, and older body, slower metabolism and lack of exercise slowly add that spare tire around the belly.

It's sad. Why can't we maintain our bodies without having to think? Why can't we just eat what we want, watch TV and stay fit?

We can't unfortunately so the quest is on to find the program, the method, the course, the technique/s that work for you. When I say “work for you” I mean something that causes the least amount of pain and effort.

We can all lose weight by starving ourselves. It's pure science. Lack of input, daily energy use, will eventually take the biggest person down to “skinny”. That happens in prison camps. You see skeleton people who used to be fat. Who wants to do that? No one. It's painful, depressing, and not healthy at all. Still, the physics work to achieve the result. Nobody is going to do it on purpose.

The war is in our mind. What are we willing to change in order to get rid of belly fat? Obviously we are not going to starve ourselves. What we need to do is gather the weapons of war. Knowledge is most important. What to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, and what physical activity to do.

We need to construct our personal battle plans to make taking action easy, fun, and successful. No one will stick to anything if it's not in some way fun. You have to tackle that in your mind. You have to find the joy of winning and of winning the battle.

Battle? Well there will be more than one. You battle your thoughts. You battle your habits. You battle the costs of good food. You battle the resistance to exercise. You battle discouragement. You battle negative people. You battle failure and the ability to get back up and fight again.

With each battle you win you get closer to winning the war.

Take comfort in the fact that others have done it. Some have had near miracles in losing weight and belly fat. Each has done it in their own way. Some have tried for years until they finally found the combination of things that works for them.

Start your war. Realize it's not instant. It will be a long term thing and you have to commit to seeing it all the way to the end. You'll have setbacks. What war doesn't. But more importantly you'll have victories. Savor those. Accumulate those.

You can win the war. Did I say that loud enough? YOU CAN WIN THE WAR!!