Dangers of Belly Fat
Your weight, and the distribution of your weight, is an important indicator for heart disease. Extra abdominal or belly fat is dangerous to your health. There are two forms of abdominal fat: subcutaneous fat, which is the layer just below the skin, and fat inside the abdomen, that surrounds your organs. It is the deeper accumulation of abdominal fat, called central obesity that is dangerous to your health.
Connection and Significance
According to experts, this deep belly fat releases toxic metabolic products directly into the blood. These fatty acids impair regulation of insulin, blood sugar and cholesterol, leading to heart problems. This condition is known as Dysmetabolic Syndrome
Dysmetabolic Syndrome can also include:
Insulin resistance (where the insulin cannot get into the cells)
High blood pressure
Impaired glucose tolerance (the slow elevation of glucose)
All of these can lead to heart disease and diabetes
25 % of adults in America have Metabolic Syndrome. Processed foods, saturated fats, and large portion sizes – all contribute to metabolic syndrome. Our modern lifestyleis full of conveniences which minimize how much energy we use, and lessens the fat we burn.
Prevention / Solution
Can this vicious cycle be broken? Yes!
Physical activity and exercise can fight abdominal fat and bring weight under control. 30-60 minutes of regular to moderate intensity, 5-6 days a week is the goal. Strength training 2 x a week is also recommended to build and maintain muscle.