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I'm not an expert on weight loss, nutrician, fitness, diets, etc. & don't claim to be. I just do a lot of research on the subjects, so I can bring you the best information I can find. You won't find a lot of hokey fad diet crap on this blog, just honest info you can use to become more healthy & fit. Hope you enjoy it. Terry

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Belly Fat & Your Health

Belly fat is the biggest risk to your health, your life and your bank account! Learn how to turn your fat belly into a flat belly!

Belly fat is the most dangerous type of fat. But I have good news: Belly fat is the easiest fat to lose!

 The key concepts  really are that you don't have to give up the foods that you love to have a lean belly, you don't have to go to the gym to be fit. I think that's an important point, because in the end, it's all about your health.

Complications of Belly Fat
• Heart disease
• Cancer
• Stroke
• Arthritis
• Type 2 diabetes
• Arousal dysfunction

Know Your Ratio

 While the inches around the waist are a vital number to know, your height is just as important. Know your ratio and ideal waist-to-height measurements. Measure your height, in inches & divide that # by 2. [example-height = 72”, divide by 2 = 36”] Your waist size needs to be less than that #. [in this example-36”] If it’s higher than that #, you need to lose belly fat for your health.

Benefits of a Lean Belly
• Shown to make you smarter
• Better sleep
• Healthier heart
• Better sex
• More money, because you won't be spending on medical bills associated with obesity

Burn Calories without the Sweat
Whether you're busy with a family or a new job, it's often difficult to find time to exercise. But, by using non-exercise activity thermogenesis, you can easily burn calories without hitting the gym.

• Walk to a co-worker rather than sending e-mail
• Stand up when taking phone calls
• Park further away from your destination
• Balance on one leg while brushing your teeth
• Stand up and wash dishes by hand, rather than in the dishwasher

Those calories, believe it or not, amazingly, add up over time. Just by incorporating these activities, you could burn an extra  400-700 calories/day.

I hate the word diet, I prefer lifestyle change, because that’s what it’s really all about. Using a ‘diet’ to lose weight & then returning to old eating habits is very harmful to your body. Lose-gain, lose-gain, it’s a vicious cycle & is detrimental to your health. Change your lifestyle, the way you eat & lose weight & keep it off. Remember; belly weight is the easiest to lose, so it will start melting first. Choose a good, balanced eating plan with fruits, veggies, lean meats & some of the good carbs.[see earlier posts for which carbs are good & which carbs are bad] There is an excellent plan available for you to follow, Click here for information. Hope this has been helpful to ya'll. Be sure to follow the healthy eating tips that follow.
As always, I look forward to your comments & suggestions. Thanks for visiting. Terry

Healthy Eating Tips
Simple tips and tricks for your eating habits:
 Drink Water: By drinking 8 cups per day, you will burn 500 extra calories a week. Keep a large water bottle at your desk to stay hydrated.
Eat Nuts: In a study, one group of people ate 200 calories a day in candy, while another ate 200 calories per day in peanuts. After two weeks, the candy group gained weight and waist size, while the peanut group stayed lean and satisfied.
Spice Things Up: Ground cinnamon has been shown to suppress blood sugar spikes and related weight gain. Sprinkle some cinnamon on your desserts or in your morning coffee.

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