Do you look in the mirror and hate your big belly? You are not alone many women and men in their middle age have the same problem so there is some comfort that you are not in that boat alone. I know I would rather be in the skinny belly boat.
Let’s get real here. Who likes getting on the scales?
I certainly would rather be tossed into a pit of snakes with a mouse tucked into your pants than look at the number on those scales.
Letting go of that number is one of the most liberating things you can do for yourself.
What you weigh only matters a little bit in the grand scheme of things.
Let’s look at your waist circumference (well…you look at yours and I’ll look at mine).
Remember the fruity body shape descriptions? If you are round in the middle you are an “apple” or if you have large thighs and bottom but are smaller on top you are a “pear”. Heavens to mercy why does it have to be a food analogy?
Do you know which shape is associated with a higher risk of sleep apnea, blood sugar issues such as insulin resistance and diabetes or heart issues such as high blood pressure, blood fat, and arterial diseases?
My favourite – the apple!
And it’s not because of the subcutaneous (under the skin) fat that you may refer to as a “muffin top”. The health risk is actually due to the fat inside the abdomen covering the liver, intestines and other organs in that area.
This internal fat is called “visceral fat”. The dangers of visceral fat are very real and should be taken seriously. It is this fat that disrupts hormonal communication within a number of vital organs.
Visceral fat releases fatty acids, inflammatory compounds, and hormones that can negatively affect your blood fats, blood sugars, and blood pressure.
Unfortunately, apple-shaped people tend to hold a lot more of this hidden visceral fat than the pear-shaped people do.
So where you store your fat is far more important than how much you weigh.
It’s pretty simple to find out if you’re in the higher risk category or not. The easiest way is to just measure your waist circumference with a measuring tape. You can do it right now.
Women, if your waist is 35” or more you could be considered to have “abdominal obesity” and be in the higher risk category. Of course, if you are pregnant you are exempt from this measurement.
For men, the number is 40”.
Of course, this isn’t a diagnostic tool. There are lots of risk factors for chronic diseases. Waist circumference is just one of them.
If you have concerns definitely see your doctor.
Serve and Enjoy!
Tip: Brussel sprouts contain the fat-soluble bone-loving vitamin K. You may want to eat them more often.