The Dangers of Abdominal Fat… and How to Get Rid of it

Diabetes is a condition of the metabolic system where insulin doesn’t act as it should. There are many risk factors that increase your chances of developing the Type 2 variety of diabetes. Carrying too much fatty tissue on your frame is one of those risks.

Everyone Needs Fat — Just Not That Much

Fat is vital to the body. It acts as a cushion for your organs and your bones. The body takes a lot of jostling especially when we are young and bouncing around a lot. Without fat, we’d be injured each time we took a tumble. As we age, we need the same cushioning to prevent injury to our somewhat more fragile bones and joints.

Fat is also used in cell membranes. Lipids are fats that have a hydrophobic end (water hating) and a hydrophilic end (water loving). Substances encased in a fatty layer for transport can enter the cell. Without fats, the body would lack a lot of what it needs to function and maintain its structure on the cellular level.

The problem comes when we have too much fat on our frame. The cushion becomes a detriment. Fat has a poor vascular system making it harder to get the nutrients you need to all parts of your body. Your organs can even become fatty because of the foods that we eat. Too much fat will impair an organ’s functioning.

Is Your Spare Tire Rolling?

The fat linked to diabetes is that which collects around the middle of your body. It’s called abdominal fat, belly fat, or the “spare tire.” This fat is not only expanding your waistline, it’s encasing your abdominal organs. This increased fat in the abdominal region has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes.

Years ago you may have heard the lament “a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.” It seems that rear end fat and hip fat has migrated forward over the decades in both men and women. A “beer gut” or “belly fat” is not only unattractive, it can shorten your life expectancy and lead to diabetes.

Get Rid of Abdominal Fat

You must do two things to get rid of belly fat: diet and exercise.

Using Diet to Get Rid of Abdominal Fat

Remove the excess fats from your daily eating plan. Opt instead for foods that have less unhealthy fats and more of the kinds that the body needs like olive oil, nuts, and lean meats. Reduce fried food and make use of baking and steaming. Toss the empty calories and opt for nutrient rich foods that are low in calories, like vegetables, fresh whole fruit, oatmeal, brown rice, whole grains, and dried beans and peas.

You Must Include Exercise to Get Rid of Abdominal Fat

The truth may be upsetting, but there is no such thing as spot reduction. The only way to slim your gut is to reduce your overall amount of body fat. Your body is smart and will decide what fat comes off where and when.

No, there is no magic pill or exercise that will once and for all get rid of your belly fat. That will only happen with a healthy diet and routine exercise. Boring, but true. Do these two things and you will reduce your risk of diabetes Type 2 with each pound of fat you melt.

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