3. Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Belly Fat
Making healthy food choices and limiting your intake of refined sugars can prevent unwanted weight gain. Furthermore, you can make lifestyle changes to keep fat from taking up residence around your midsection. Make time for both aerobic exercises to get your heart pumping, and core-strengthening exercises to strengthen your muscles. Inviting a friend to work out or head out on a walk with you will provide your body with physical activity and help you to de-stress. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and aim to get around eight hours of sleep each night.
2. Belly Fat and Heart Disease
Fat just below the skin that you can pinch with your fingers is called subcutaneous fat. Meanwhile, the fat that is located deeper within your abdomen is known as visceral fat. While an excessive layer of fat is never good for your health, several studies have linked visceral fat to an increased risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association warns that even women with an average body mass index (BMI) who carry excess visceral fat around their waist are at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.
1. Belly Fat and Type 2 Diabetes
Excess belly fat can also increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Yonsei Medical Journal reported on a study of 1,603 Korean adults. This study found that visceral fat was a more significant predictor of diabetes than other forms of body fat. The American Diabetes Association reports that changes in liver enzymes that predict type 2 diabetes may be linked to visceral fat and insulin resistance.