Are you struggling with belly fat?

On the message boards today, I saw someone write, “I’m getting just a little, no a lot, frustrated with the belly fat that just won’t go away” and I provided a short response. It is a good opportunity for my readers to get more information about the risks of belly fat as well as some ideas on how to get rid of lower ab fat.

Doctors refer to fat accumulated at the belly as an “apple” shape (on the buttocks and thighs, you’re a “pear” shape). But whether you call it belly fat, an “apple” shape or visceral fat, it is serious and according to WebMD, “Researchers describe it as an active “organ” in your body — one that churns out hormones and inflammatory substances.” They also go on to say that, “”A big waistline puts you at increased risk for many health problems — diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke,” says Robert Eckel, MD, president of the American Heart Association.”

The article also goes on to say, “Abdominal fat is thought to break down easily into fatty acids, which flow directly into the liver and into muscle,” says Lewis Kuller, MD, DPH, professor and past chair of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health.

When these excess fatty acids drain into the liver, they trigger a chain reaction of changes — increasing the production of LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides. During this time insulin can also become less effective in controlling blood sugar, so insulin resistance sets in, he explains.

Blood sugars start to get out of balance. Fats and clots get into the bloodstream, and that sets the stage for diabetes, heart disease, and more.”

Tom Venuto has a great article on “How to Get Rid of Lower Ab Fat” and I will present an excerpt here.

“Most people don’t have their fat distributed evenly throughout their bodies. Each of us inherits a genetically determined and hormonally-influenced pattern of fat storage just as we inherit our eye or hair color. In other words, the fat seems to “stick” to certain areas more than others.

The lower abs is often the first place the fat goes when you gain it, and the last place it comes off when you’re losing it. Think of ab fat like the deep end of the swimming pool. No matter how much you protest, there is no way you can drain the deep end before the shallow end.”

To read the rest of the article and get some ideas on how to get rid of your belly fat, please click here.

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