"Learn How To Lose Your Beer Belly"

Having a Beer Belly can be extremely dangerous to your health. It will produce chronic inflammation in your body, and will increase the risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Some cancers
  • Dementia
  • Aging , And many other chronic diseases.

There are two kinds of fat. Subcutaneous fat and visceral fat.

Subcutaneous fat is found just under your skin, and is the kind that causes dimpling and cellulite. It doesn't look good, but it isn't as dangerous as visceral fat. Unless of course your are obese, and that causes Chronic Inflammation by itself.

Visceral fat lies deep inside your abdomen, and it surrounds your vital organs. Belly Fat, or having a beer belly is visceral fat. That is why it is so dangerous, because it is deep inside the abdomen.

You can have visceral fat even if you are thin.

Your visceral fat secretes cytokines which cause the chronic inflammation. Cytokines are small, secreted proteins that among other things, produce and regulate your immune system and inflammation.

As your fat cells grow larger, they produce more and more cytokines, leading to inflammation and disease for you.

Is drinking beer really the cause of beer belly

Drinking too much alcohol can cause you to have a beer belly. However, beer alone isn't to blame. Drinking too much alcohol of any kind can increase belly fat. If you enjoy alcohol, drink it in moderation.

It's actually all the empty calories, and other lifestyle habits that cause the problem.

Men who drink are more likely than women to gain their weight around the waist causing a beer belly. Women because of hormones tend to gain abdominal fat after menopause.

How do you know if your beer belly is a health risk?

Men who have a waist circumference over 40 inches and women with a waist circumference over 35 inches are at greater risk, according to National Institutes of Health guidelines.

Some research has shown that a measurement of 33 inches or more, no matter what your weight, increases your health risks.

How can you lose belly fat?

  • Exercise...Excercise will lower inflammation in your body, and it is also one of the best ways to get rid of visceral fat
  • . Even if you are thin and even underweight, you can still have dangerous visceral fat around your organs. So...if you are thin, but don't exercise, this could be you.

  • Lose Weight...when you lose weight, you'll most likely lose more abdominal fat than anywhere else.
  • Reduce Stress...If you want to get rid of your beer belly, try some stress reducing techniques such as meditation with Spring Forest Qigong, and deep breathing exercises.
  • New research shows that stress triggers the hormone cortisol, which increases your appetite and promotes abdominal fat.

  • Drink water...Your body needs water.
  • This will flush out salt in your tissues, so you will be lighter and not bloated.

  • Follow an anti inflammatory diet
  • Eat more complex carbohydrates such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and omega 3 fats. Take an Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplement

  • Avoid inflammatory foods
  • Foods that cause inflammation are: sugar, sodas, white bread, white rice, starchy vegetables, and trans fats.

You cannot lose belly fat with liposuction. Liposuction removes primarily subcutaneous fat. It can't get rid of your visceral fat because it's too close to internal organs which would make it dangerous.

What are researchers finding out about beer belly?

A new University of Illinois study suggests that moderate amounts of exercise alone can reduce the inflammation in visceral fat - belly fat, that has been linked with metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that predict heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Scientists now know that obesity is associated with a low-grade systemic inflammation. Obese people have higher levels of circulating inflammatory markers, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), which are produced and secreted by fat tissue. This inflammation then triggers diseases.

Some researchers suggest that fat may accelerate the aging process. For example, visceral fat increases a person's risk of developing insulin resistance, to which older people are more likely to get than younger people.

A recent study conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, showed cardiovascular exercise is especially effective in reducing midsection weight gain.

Reporting in the journal Diabetes, the research team said visceral fat likely contributes to increases in systemic inflammation and insulin resistance.

French researchers said: Carrying excess weight around the middle can impair lung function, adding to a long list of health problems associated with belly fat.

A research team at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, examined the association between belly fat in midlife, and late-life dementia in 6,583 members of Kaiser Permanente in Northern California (Whitmer et al., 2008). The investigators were struck by the finding that people who had excess belly fat in midlife (ages 40 to 45 years) were three times as likely to develop Dementia 30 to 36 years later compared to those with low levels of this fat.

Even more striking was the finding that people who had an excess of belly fat but were not obese during midlife were twice as likely to develop dementia late in life compared to those with low levels of belly fat.

The highest risk of late-life dementia was found in individuals who had excess belly fat and were obese during mid-life.

Sedentary, overweight or obese women can improve their quality of life by exercising as little as 10 to 30 minutes a day, researchers reported at the American Heart Association’s Conference on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism.

A higher waist size was associated with heart failure in women at all levels of body mass index (BMI), and both waist size and BMI were predictors of heart failure among men, researchers report in Circulation: Heart Failure.

Just remember...You can lose belly fat, it will take time and effort. In fact, shedding even a few extra pounds can help you feel better and lower chronic inflammation and your risk for health problems.

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