Excessive Fat on Stomach – Let us be Realistic to an Unsettled Issue (Part 3)

What’s behind belly fat?

The three factors determine your weight, which includes:

  • Calories you consume, and calories you burn off (per day)
  • Age
  • Genes

In particular, if you eat too much but exercise less, you must get excess weight, mostly belly fat. Similarly, your age plays a notable role in being overweight or obese. As you age, your muscle mass decreases, which reduces the body’s ability to utilize calories and make it much harder to maintain a healthy weight.

Women get an increase in belly fat as they age (even if they are not gaining weight). It is due to the declining estrogen level, which affects where fat is distributed in the body.

Men need fewer calories in their 50’s as compared to 30’s; it is because they lose muscles.

Genes also contribute significantly to the possibility of getting excess weight, as well as plays an important role in how frequently and where you store fat. For example, the tendency to gain or carry weight around the waist might be a genetic component

However, regardless of age and genetics, balancing your calorie consumption with your physical activity will prevent weight gain.

How to Measure Belly Fat
How to Measure Belly Fat

How to Measure Belly Fat?

Measuring waist circumference is a simple way to measure belly fat.

  1. Stand and place a tape just above your hipbone and measure around the stomach.
    Note: take the measurement when the stomach is empty.
  2. Pull the tape until it fits adequately, but doesn’t push it into the skin.
  3. When measuring, do not suck in the stomach; instead, relax and exhale then measure the waist.

Remember, an unhealthy concentration of belly fat give rise to numerous health problems.

Women having waist exceeding from 89 centimeters (35 inches), and men waist measurement exceeding from 102 centimeters (40 inches) have a higher health risk.

Why Is Belly Fat a Problem?

Belly fat is not a laughing matter; you must take it seriously. Carrying too much fat around your belly has a strong possibility of developing serious health problems, including:

Aches and Pains

Bigger midsection means weak abdominal muscles. Do not forget your core is the powerhouse of your body. A strong core safeguards your body from injury, improves balance, and keeps joints healthy.

Moreover, the weak core greatly affects your back sometimes causes back strains and chronic soreness. So, if you want to keep your back safe and healthy, it is necessary to maintain core firmness.

To be continued …

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