Do you know what your waist circumference? Regardless of your weight, your waist circumference could be sending you secret messages and they aren’t love notes.
Love handles aren’t giving us any love.
FYI, a man should have a waist circumference of 102 cm (40 inches) or less and a woman should be 88 cm (35 inches) or less.
Surprisingly, it is quite simple to reduce your risk and your waist, even without losing weight.
Love handles are the new silent killer. New research from Florida Atlantic University has shown that not only do the risk factors for metabolic disease; abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, abnormal lipids and insulin resistance raise the risk of disease, but love handles alone increase the risk.
Abdominal fat leads to insulin resistance and releases fatty acids into our system. These fats accumulate in the liver and in muscle tissue where they cause reduced insulin sensitivity and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
People with metabolic disease usually have no symptoms of disease however, they are almost 20% more likely to have a heart attack. Even if you have a normal BMI and normal body weight, carrying visceral fat is a strong predictor of disease. 40% of American adults over 40 are overweight. Increasing the risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, colon, breast and prostate cancer.
Visceral fat is easily measured. All you need is a measuring tape.
The good news? To reduce your risk by up to 60% you only need to reduce your body weight by 5%. You can even reduce your abdominal fat even if you don’t lose any weight. Sounds too good to be true? Strength training and high-intensity interval training can reduce abdominal fat even without weight loss.
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