Besides the fact that extra weight around your tummy doesn’t give you the “beach body” look that you want, it is also very dangerous to your health. If you weigh between 10 and 20 Kg more than you should, (see the Manna Ideal Weight Tables) it could imply serious health risks.
It is not simply being overweight but where that weight is located that creates the risk. For instance, the fat around your middle is much more dangerous than extra fat around your bottom and thighs.
Research has shown that abdominal fat can lead to health issues like high blood pressure, higher cholesterol, high blood sugar and even insulin resistance. Not to mention heart disease!
Before a certain age, men are more likely to have issues with belly fat as this is where they usually pick up weight. The ladies, however, tend to gain weight around the hips and butt more easily. That does not mean that women do not pick up weight around the abdomen, especially so during menopause when their estrogen levels become lower and they start picking up weight the same way as men.
Knowing this, women might start to stress about what will happen to them when they enter menopause – bad move. Studies have shown that increased stress levels make your chances of picking up weight around your midsection even higher!
The good news is, belly fat can be prevented by matching your calories in with your calories out each day. But what if you already have a problem with a bit of extra weight around your belly? Well, there’s more good news, because you can make it go away!
This is not as easy as preventing belly fat, but it can still be done. You will have to follow a good weight loss diet, and get plenty of exercise.
Despite what some people might say, there is no diet or exercise that will specifically target fat loss on your tummy. You have to lose weight all over your body, but you can tone the muscles in your abdomen with specific workouts to help along the process.