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Why Lose Stomach Fat

Truth About Six Pack Abs by Mike Geary

What really is of concern is the fat layer under the layer of abdominal muscle called visceral fat. This fat covers your organs, and is responsible for giving you that “beer belly” look. This is also the type of fat that can lead to some serious health risks.

The reason why visceral fat can cause health problems is that these cells are more than just stored energy. They can actually produce hormones such as insulin resistance hormones which can contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. They can also produce estrogen, which may lead to breast cancer.

The increase of visceral fat around your waist line has been associated with an increase of

  • Breast Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Gallbladder Problems
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Fatty Liver Disease
  • And Colorectal Cancer

So, is your waist line too big?

Using a soft tape measure, measure your bare waist just above the hip bone. While measuring, do not hold your breath or hold in your stomach.

You have too much stomach fat if it is larger than 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women. If that is your situation, you need to lose stomach fat in order to reduce your risk of some of the diseases listed above.

The good news is that visceral fat responds well to a good diet and the proper exercise routine. And a proper diet and exercise program becomes even more
important as we age when our physical activity and metabolism slows.

A proper diet to lose that stomach fat involves eating more whole, minimally processed grains, fresh vegetables and fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds.

More importantly, stay away from

  • Hydrogenated oils
  • Foods with added sugar
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Enriched flours
  • Bleached flours
  • And junk food or snacks

Some tips on how to speed up your metabolism and lose stomach fat is to

  • Drink cold liquids
  • Stay hydrated
  • Eat 5 or 6 smaller meals rather than 1 or 2 big ones each day
  • Eat more lean protein rich foods
  • Drink BLACK coffee or GREEN tea without added sugar or fat
  • Spice up your meals with hot peppers
  • And use more ginger in your recipes

Exercises to concentrate on to lose stomach fat are multi-joint, whole body workouts rather than ab specific exercises. The whole body workouts are more
likely to boost your metabolic rate and burn that belly fat.

When doing cardio exercises, use an Interval Training technique which will burn more calories and get you into good physical condition faster than using constant speed workouts.

In summary, to lose stomach fat involves switching to a healthy, fat reducing diet and a proper exercise program. Otherwise, you run the risk of developing some serious medical problems that can be avoided with some simple lifestyle changes.

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