The Dangers of Belly Fat – Tips on Losing It
Through my career as a health educator and weight loss coach I’ve helped hundreds of people overcoming obesity. However it’s really hard to guide you through the process in just one article. So why exactly I created this page?
Well, I’ve been getting a lot of questions on my e-mail regarding various internet fat loss programs. Do they actually work? Are they dangerous? There are a lot of people out there that cannot afford a qualified nutritionist or a weight loss coach, so they seek alternative solutions. I did a lot of research and found out that most of these programs focus on short-term results. They usually promote their products in an overly optimistic manner and some go as far as promising massive results in just two weeks. That’s just something you should not even bother to read!
So aren’t there any good fat loss programs out there? Well, we can find some if we ignore the 90% percent of the garbage: The Fat Loss Factor program, Mike Geary’s Truth About Abs or the nutrition-focused Metabolic Cooking are the ones I found to be the most effective, lasting and scientifically accurate. So, in case you want a cheap solution that will help you lose your belly fat you definitely have to check them out.
But What is Belly Fat?
Excess weight in the abdominal region is a major sign of insulin resistance. A person with android obesity or central obesity is fat in the middle section with skinny arms and legs-”apple-shaped” obesity. A person with gynecoid obesity or peripheral obesity, on the other hand, has a large rear end and hips-”pear-shaped” obesity. Think of the two kinds as “gut vs. butt.” (Fat in the gut is worse than fat in the butt.) People with excess fat in the belly are more likely to have insulin resistance.
Men with a waistline of more than 40 inches and women with a waistline of more than 35 inches are classified as having “central obesity.” Here, the fat literally surrounds the organs. This fat is also known as visceral fat (“viscera” is a term for innards) because of its location. The other fat-the fat of love handles, large buttocks, and big hips-is subcutaneous fat. Of the two, visceral fat is bad fat-I would even call it metabolically evil. Why? Because visceral adipocytes-the fat cells surrounding internal organs-are the bad boys of insulin resistance. This metabolically active adipose tissue is regulated by a number of hormones, only one of which needs to go out of whack to make it grow. Increased cortisol and decreased growth hormone can cause central obesity; so can decreased testosterone in men and increased testosterone and decreased estrogen in women. Any combination of these hormonal problems, along with insulin resistance, promotes the accumulation of fat in the belly.
How to lose belly fat fast is probably the most politically incorrect question to ask. As soon as one asks this question, what tends to come to mind is “low-fat” everything and the food industry becomes more than willing to provide the answer, mostly with gimmicky products that meet the un-researched, channeled but accepted thinking in many a dieter’s mind.
Why Lose Belly Fat Fast?
Let’s face it, we live in the era of the mislead albeit well intentioned, health professionals, doctors, the mass media, etc where fats are admonished. But did you know that fats are one of the main components in all of the cell membranes throughout your entire body? As such, eating an adequate supply of healthy dietary fats will help your cellular processes proceed normally, proving the vital importance of fats to your overall health.
The question to answer is what kinds of fat are not good for my overall health? Well, if you eat man-made, heavily processed and chemically altered fats (damaged fats) that are found in most processed foods, your cellular function will be impaired as these damaged fats become part of your cell membranes, forcing your body into hard labor in order to operate correctly, hence giving way to possibilities of developing degenerative diseases. Lets look at what kinds of fat you need to avoid.
Lose Fat Fast, Dump These:
- Hydrogenated oils (source of artificial trans fats): Trans fats are simply so dangerous, they must be avoided! They have been directly linked to coronary and weight problems, including cancer and diabetes. Quantities of as little as 1 to 2 grams of trans fats/day have been proven to be dangerous by a lot of medical researches. You find these in fries, cookies, cakes, chicken fingers, donuts etc.
- Refined oils: The alarmingly high rate of coronary disease in the 20th century coincided with the increase in the use of refined and hydrogenated oils in the food supply at that time, while the consumption of saturated fats has actually decreased between the early 1900’s and present time.
- All things deep fried in hydrogenated or refined oils: this includes but not limited to fried chicken, chicken nuggets, fried chips, French fries, donuts, etc. It’s all fried …most of the time using cheap oils like cottonseed or soybean oil. If you can actually find something that’s deep fried in a non-hydrogenated tropical oil like palm or coconut (which are stable oils under heat), then that might be the only deep fried food that’s acceptable.
- Take a look at the Fat Loss Factor program. If you need to lose your belly fat and keep it off forever, you would probably need to try a complete step-by-step program that will guide you through the process. I’ve done a lot of research through the various fat loss programs and I’ve found this to be the most simple, well-presented and scientifically-accurate program. It is going to help you burn your fat as fast as possible without putting your health in risk. So in case you cannot afford a personal weight loss coach, that’s probably the best alternative. Here’s a link to the website.