The powers behind medical studies discovered that where your body stores extra fat can add to your risk of health problems. Turns out that belly fat is the most dangerous, while hip, thigh and butt fat are a safer place to gain fat.
For men, a rotund waist greater than 40 inches, and 35 inches for women has been linked to more serious illnesses, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and out of whack cholesterol.
To unRound your belly, you must do cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, jumping on a rebounder or fitness trampolining, swimming, hula hooping, jump roping, hiking, aerobics, skating, and bicycling. Anything that gets your blood pumping for at least 12 minutes (30 to 45 minutes preferred) will help your body burn off stored fat in the belly area and other hard to de-fat areas. If you can only do 12 minutes, know that it is accumulative–it all adds up throughout the day.
Besides upping your activity level, it is important to combine the effort with healthy, reduced calorie eating. Choose Round fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Eat 3 medium meals and 2 to 3 snacks in-between to stave off that crazy hunger that may occur. Avoid fat-laden, fried, and sugary foods. Also, the imbibing of excess alcohol is linked to belly fat, so drink no more than a glass of wine a day or none at all. Avoid hard liqueur and beer–sorry folks.
Topping off the belly fat enhancers is stress, so if you’re in a constant state of stressfulness, learn to practice relaxation techniques and other stress-management skills, such as yoga, a breathe break, and even taking a bubble bath or getting a massage.
So take your life in your hands and get your belly down to size, even flat. Watch RoundTV for inspiration, get a friend or family member to join you in your quest, and start today so you will be that much closer to a healthy waistline!