Your Belly Fat Is
Eating You Alive!
Whether you call it a beer belly or love handles, that extra bit of weight you’re carrying around your middle isn’t as harmless as the cutesy names imply.
It’s destroying your health and helping you find your way into an early grave.
Here’s something even scarier. Even if you don’t think you have much belly fat to worry about, it could be hidden away around your organs. Whether it’s obvious or hidden, if you’ve got excess belly fat, it’s a problem.
Trimming the pounds off your middle is one of the most important steps you can take to better health.
Fortunately, it isn’t as hard as you might think. And not only will your health improve… you’ll look and feel better, too. A trifecta of benefits!
How Your Belly Fat
Attacks Your Health
You might be wondering … what makes belly fat so much worse than other fat?
The nasty truth is belly fat is more active than other kinds of fat. Some scientists even refer to it as an “active organ.’” Unlike fat stores in your thighs or butt, your belly fat is busy producing hormones and causing inflammation. It’s also releasing fatty acids that trigger your liver to make more LDL cholesterol—that’s the bad kind. It’s messing up your body’s ability to control blood sugar. And it’s changing the way your blood vessels work.
All that spells a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. In fact, if you compare a person who is slightly overweight with a high level of belly fat versus a person who is obese but carries their fat in other parts of their body, the obese person has a better chance of surviving a heart attack!
But let’s not stop there. Belly fat can also contribute to erectile dysfunction. It puts you at higher risk of insomnia. It increases your chances of developing osteoporosis. And it contributes to your risk of colon cancer.
Belly fat is bad news.
Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do about it.
A Simple Plan for
Trimming Fat From Your Belly
So the good news is that while you may be genetically more prone to storing fat in your belly, it is completely within your control to lose that fat. It’s even simple to do.
But it does take action. You won’t lose belly fat sitting on the couch, watching TV, and eating Cheetos.
Instead you have to get moving.
The easiest way to do that is to embrace every opportunity to move around. Instead of looking for ways to avoid activity, start thinking about everything in terms of a chance to burn more calories and more fat. Do the leaves need raking? Don’t hire the kid down the street … do it yourself. Going to the grocery store? Park in the farthest spot from the front door and walk your way in. Did you forget something upstairs? Instead of skipping the second trip, take the stairs a little faster than you did the first time.
After you’ve embraced a more active lifestyle, it’s time to add in a weekly workout—actually three to five workouts a week would be ideal. These workouts don’t have to be long. In fact, if you want to turn on your body’s fat-burning mechanism, they shouldn’t be more than 15 to 20 minutes each.
An ideal workout would be to go to your local high school track. Run as fast as you can for a minute. You should be panting and uncomfortable by the time you finish the minute. Then walk for two minutes to recover. Repeat this interval four or five times. (Note: if you have a health condition, talk to your doctor before you start a new exercise routine.)
Doing a short high-intensity interval workout like this switches your fat burning into high gear. It actually steps up your metabolism, so you’ll burn more calories in the 24 hours after a workout like this than you will in after doing an hour of aerobics.
You can speed up your fat burning even more by including more of certain foods in your diet. The best foods to help your body burn fat are actually foods rich in healthy fats. Try olives, avocados, and nuts.
Foods rich in fiber will also help you get rid of stubborn belly fat. Eat more high-fiber vegetables like broccoli and artichokes. Beans and legumes are another excellent source of fiber. Try using them as a side dish at dinner instead of potatoes or rice.
If you follow these steps—not just for a week or two—over time you’ll see your belly fat start to melt away. And when it does, you’ll know you’ve taken a significant step toward better health and a longer life.