Dr Braxton Turnage
Dr Julie Kowaleski

Doctors of Chiropractic (USA)

21 Peachester Rd
Beerwah QLD 4519

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Abdominal fat and what to do about it

As people go through their middle years, their proportion of fat to body weight tends to increase. At one time, we might have accepted these changes as an inevitable fact of aging. But we’ve now been put on notice that as our waistlines grow, so do our health risks. Abdominal, or visceral fat is of particular concern because it’s a key player in a variety of health problems. Visceral fat has been linked to metabolic disturbances and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. In women, it is also associated with breast cancer and the need for gallbladder surgery.

The good news is that visceral fat yields fairly easily to exercise and diet, with benefits ranging from lower blood pressure to more favorable cholesterol levels.

Research suggests that fat cells — particularly abdominal fat cells — are biologically active. It’s appropriate to think of fat as an endocrine organ or gland, producing hormones and other substances that can profoundly affect our health. Although scientists are still deciphering the roles of individual hormones, it’s becoming clear that excess body fat, especially abdominal fat, disrupts the normal balance and functioning of these hormones.

Exercise and dieting can help you get rid of belly fat

So what can we do about tubby tummies? A lot, it turns out. The starting point for bringing weight under control and combating abdominal fat is regular moderate-intensity physical activity — at least 30-60 minutes per day, 4-5x per week. Strength training (exercising with weights) may also help fight abdominal fat. Spot exercising, such as doing sit-ups, can tighten abdominal muscles, but it won’t get at visceral fat.

Diet is also important. Pay attention to portion size, and emphasize complex carbohydrates (fruits & vegetables) and lean protein over simple carbohydrates such as white bread, refined-grain pasta, and sugary drinks.

Until the magic pill that will fix all of our health problems is developed (never!), experts agree that lifestyle, especially exercise, is the very best way to fight visceral fat and maintain good health.

 

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