Did you know that belly fat causes tons of sicknesses and diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart attack? Doctors say that an excess of even 2% more fat in your belly makes you 39% more likely to develop a life threatening disease. European researchers studied a group of approximately 360,000 subjects over a decade and found that people with the most belly fat had double the risk of premature death than people with the least amount of belly fat.
Yeah, yeah, you know the stats, and that’s why you’re watching what you eat and exercising regularly. But still, two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. That’s a whopping 215 million people, and you’re one of them. Despite your earnest efforts to lose weight, like the 108 million other people in the country, your waistline continues to expand instead of shrink. Why? Well, it’s not rocket science. It’s stress. Plain and simple.
How stress makes your belly fat
Stress activates your hypothalamus, a tiny area at the base of your brain, which signals your pituitary gland to call out to your adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands, located on the top of your kidneys, responds by releasing a surge of hormones, composed mainly of cortisol. Cortisol forces your body to keep your blood sugar level up so you can have the energy to withstand the stress. It also helps maintain your blood pressure and fights inflammation. Unfortunately, when it’s constantly pumping through your body, cortisol is no longer helpful. It becomes unhelpful. VERY unhelpful. It makes you want to eat and eat, preferably unhealthy food like chips, candy and other junk…and that’s how you end up with a fat belly.
What’s worse is that once you get that fat, being stressed out makes it so much harder to get rid of it, because your body hangs on to it for dear life.
Measuring your belly
Belly fat and abdominal obesity is measured by your waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio. So, what are your measurements? You may be tipping the scales in favor of disease if you don’t get rid of that belly fat. Fortunately, it’s not too late for you to shed that fat. You have the ability to slim down and reap the benefits of your healthier figure. All you have to do is remember these words:
Chill out. It’s good for you!
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