We always make our weight to be such an important thing. It can be too easy to think (or worry) about it all the time.
But you know what? There is something else that is way more important when it comes to real health (my priority always) and that is your waist circumference.
To get started, let's take a look at your waist circumference (well, you look at yours and I'll look at mine).
Waist Circumference (a.k.a. “Belly Fat”):
I’m sure you’re familiar with the fruity body shape descriptions of being like an “apple” or a “pear”. The apple is round around the middle (you know – belly fat-ish, kinda beer belly-ish) and the pear is rounder around the hips/thighs.
THAT is what we're taking a closer look at today.
Do you know which shape is associated with a higher risk of sleep apnea, blood sugar issues (e.g. insulin resistance and diabetes) and heart issues (high blood pressure, blood fat, and arterial diseases).
It’s the apple!
And it's not because of the subcutaneous fat that we lovingly refer to as “muffin tops”. The health risk is actually due to the fat inside the abdomen covering the liver, intestines and other organs there.
This internal fat is called “visceral fat” or unpinchable fat and it’s the problem area we’re looking at today.
The reason why visceral fat can be a health issue is because it releases fatty acids, inflammatory compounds, and hormones that can negatively affect your blood fats, blood sugars, and blood pressure.
Apple-shaped people tend to have a lot more of this hidden visceral fat than the pear-shaped people do. This is why it’s so important to look at where your fat is stored rather than only at how much you weigh.
Am I an apple or a pear?
It's pretty simple to find out if you belong to the higher risk category or not. The easiest way is to just measure your waist circumference with a measuring tape. You can do it right now.
Ladies: if your waist is 35” or more you could be considered to have “abdominal obesity” and be in the higher risk category. Pregnant ladies are of course exempt of this.
Gents: For you the number is 40”.
Keep in mind that this isn’t a diagnostic tool. There are many risk factors for chronic diseases, waist circumference is just one of them. If you have concerns I suggest that you speak to your doctor.
So you’ve got belly fat and would like to get rid it? Here’s how you would go about it:
I shared this delicious and easy high-fiber recipe with you last week and you all went crazy over it. If you haven’t yet done so, give it a try. You won’t be disappointed!
Recipe (High fiber side dish): Garlic Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
In health & happiness,
Natalie McCrae R.H.N.
I transform women's body's by teaching them to eat balanced meals so that they can quickly lose weight, without giving up 🍫 & 🍷