It is now firmly established that not all body fat is created equal when it comes to making us sick. Although we may not like the appearance of fat deposited on our arms, legs, hips, and thighs, this fat is a rather benign metabolic slug that basically just its sits there. This is in sharp contrast to the fat deposited within the abdominal cavity, also known as visceral fat that gives rise to the “pot belly” appearance that has sadly become the national norm, especially for adult males and post-menopausal females.
I call this fat the Tasmanian Devil Fat because we now recognize that it is highly active metabolically, secreting a huge array of nasty chemicals that can do the following: promote inflammation, block arteries, cause blood clots, increase blood pressure, promote insulin resistance, promote cellular growth, raise bad blood fats (LDL cholesterol, triglycerides) and lower good (HDL) cholesterol.
Real-life translation: heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and accelerated aging.
Strive to the follow these anti-belly fat strategies:
For optimal health, maintain your waist size (measured at the level of the hips) in the following ranges:
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