Have you tried to get rid of fat about the belly? I know, don’t moan. Millions of us (seasoned women that is) have to be very careful about gaining too much fat in this area. Yet, being menopausal seems to bring on the problem more than ever. But that doesn’t mean you can’t prevent the problem or that you have to keep belly fat if you already have it.
First of all, here’s some new information to consider. The basic measurement that starts to cause a problem for women is a mid-section of 35 inches or more. Now a Harvard Medical School study finds that belly fat can cause issues deep into the abdominal area and wrap around vital organs.
This fat is also has particular characteristics that can cause inflammation in the body. Other health concerns resulting from belly fat are high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and can lead to heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes.
Unfortunately, you might not know the harm that’s being done in your body by belly fat until your health has been significantly affected in negative ways.
The other unfortunate thing is that getting rid of belly fat is not and easy thing to do. To avoid having to get rid of it, it’s best to work on avoiding it in the first place with healthy eating habits and exercise. The Harvard Women’s Watch suggests cutting back on simple carbohydrates such as sugar, cakes, and candies. It also helps to cut down on calories by eating smaller portion sizes and exercising at least 20 to 25 minutes a day.
Another idea is to increase your intake of Vitamin D. Dr. Keri Peterson, columnist for Women’s Health magazine suggests eating a diet high in Vitamin D foods or taking Vitamin D supplements of 600 to -1000 IU per day can increase the metabolism and help cut fat in the mid-section of the body.
The bottom line is to pay attention to your belly fat if you have it and do what’s necessary to get rid of it.