Being overweight or obese puts you at a higher risk of disease.
But what’s more important than reading the numbers on the scale is where you take the weight.
Simply put, the size of your belly is important.
On the other hand, if you carry more weight on your hips and thighs. You are at less risk.
Here’s the deal:
There are several types of body fat:
Abdominal fat lies beneath the abdominal muscles so it is invisible.
On the other hand, subcutaneous fat sits beneath the skin as it appears.
Now we know People with more belly fat or visceral fat There is a much higher chance of heart disease. and the risk of diabetes, etc.
The reason is that abdominal fat surrounds vital organs. also release various hormones associated with the disease in a nutshell, Belly fat is very dangerous!
in general Most women weigh more on their lower body. Men tend to weigh more in the middle… and lower body fat may be preventable. We don’t recommend gaining weight to protect you from heart disease. But when comparing the two types of fats alone. Visceral fat is much more dangerous.
And while men tend to carry the weight on their upper body. when women get older Hormonal changes often cause changes in the location where body fat is stored. Therefore, it is not uncommon for women going through menopause to have more belly fat.
So what can be done about it?
first one, Measure your belly and see if you’re at risk.
Use a measuring tape around your body about the level of your navel. Breathe in normally. Do not suck or pull the tape so tightly that you lose oxygen.
How do you travel?
Fortunately, visceral fat responds well to exercise … especially high-intensity exercise.
A study published a few years ago from the University of Virginia – “Effect of intense exercise training on belly fat and body composition” – showed that Those who exercised at the highest intensity (Of course it is related depending on your current fitness level) Have the most belly fat loss!
Of course, any movement It’s better than nothing. But this gives more reason to raise it even higher!
And of course, what you eat also plays a big role.
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