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Additional Abdominal Fat Is Not Just Unattractive, But Extremely Dangerous To Your Health

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Additional Abdominal Fat Is Not Just Unattractive, But Extremely Dangerous To Your Health

Did you know that the great majority of individuals in this day and age have extra abdominal fat?  It’s true. As much as 70% of the people in some “westernized” nations such as the US and Australia are now deemed either overweight or obese.  The first thing that a lot of people think of is that their added abdominal fat is simply ugly, is keeping their abs from being visible, and makes them self-conscious about showing off their body. Then again, what most people don’t understand is that additional abdominal fat in particular, is not just unsightly, but is also a high risk factor to your health. Scientific research has clearly determined that though it is unhealthy in general to gain extra body fat throughout your body, it is also dangerous to have extra abdominal fat. There are two kinds of fat that you have in your abdominal area. The first kind that covers your abs from being noticeable is called subcutaneous fat and lies directly beneath the skin and above the abdominal muscles. The second classification of fat that you possess in your abdominal area is called visceral fat, and that lies deeper in the abdomen under your muscle and surrounding your organs. Visceral fat also has a role in giving certain men that “beer belly” look where their abdomen juts excessively, but at the same time, also feels sort of hard if you push on it. Both subcutaneous and visceral fat in the abdominal area are dangerous health risk factors, but science has shown that having spare visceral fat is a lot more dangerous than subcutaneous fat.  These types of fat greatly enhance your risk of having heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, various forms of cancer, and other degenerative diseases. Excess stomach fat has also been associated in studies with higher amounts of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation within the body that can cause heart disease and other health issues. Part of the reason visceral fat is especially dangerous is that studies show that it distributes more inflammatory molecules into your system on a consistent basis. One of the major reasons that several people gather more visceral fat than other people can be from a high carbohydrate diet that leads to insulin resistance in time (years of loading your system with too much sugars and starches for your body to properly handle the constant excess blood sugar). Studies show that high fructose intake, particularly from high-fructose corn syrup, can be a major contributor to extra visceral fat. If you value the quality of your life as well as your loved ones, reducing your abdominal fat (including reducing visceral fat) should be one of your TOP priorities! There’s just no excuse for it. Besides, a side effect of completely getting rid of all of that spare abdominal fat is that your abdomen will flatten out. And if you get rid of enough stomach fat, you will be able to really see those eye-catching …

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What’s in your kitchen?

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What’s in your kitchen?

Eating for fat loss is easy, don’t you agree? If you consume fewer calories than you spend in a specific time period, you lose weight. Take in more calories than you burn up and you gain weight, correct? Not quite! Although it’s true that your total caloric intake against your caloric expense is one of the most valuable aspects in whether you gain or lose weight, there are a number of factors that makes this a bit more complicated, such as: 1. Counting calories does NOT work at all! Nobody can precisely count calories. Controlled research indicates that most people (approximately 75-90%) constantly downplay the amount of the calories that they consumed when they are required to keep track of it. Let me illustrate to you why counting calories is unreliable and absolutely obsolete (provided that you follow one of the chief points that I’m going to tell you). 2. The type of control that you have for your appetite as well as your craving destroy how most people try to achieve a calorie goal. If your appetite is out of control and your cravings have a mind of their own, how do you think you can possibly achieve your desired calorie range in order to lose weight? Well, most people can’t, and that is the problem! There is, however, a trick that you can learn in order to control your appetite, as well as your cravings. 3. Hormonal discrepancies If you’re consuming the wrong foods without even knowing it, this may be throwing your body’s hormonal balance off its mark and lead you to eat a lot, thereby decreasing your metabolic rate, and paving the way for other problems that can prevent your body from burning up fat efficiently. If you continue to read on, you’ll see how you can undo these faulty eating habits that are likely causing your body’s hormonal disruptions, and transform your body into a fat-burning entity, just the way it was meant to be. And don’t try to tell me about the “Food Pyramid.” The Food Pyramid? You must be JOKING! The truth is that the food pyramid has led a lot of individuals down the disheartening road of weight gain in the same way as the food companies with their misleading food labels. What Then, Are These So-Called “Healthy Foods” That Are Causing Your Body to Gain More Fat? I can’t begin to tell you how many instances I’ve walked into the kitchen of a client that has hired me for nutritional consultation, and most of the time, I’m surprised by what I see. I look into their refrigerators and kitchen cabinets and see them LADEN with foods that they believe are “healthy” (or have been misled by clever food labels into thinking they are healthy), but in truth are fat-storing snares in disguise. It’s not surprising to see foods such as: whole grain breads whole grain cereals whole grain crackers soymilk tofu or “veggie burgers” orange juice apple juice skim milk margarine pre-packaged “diet” dinners …

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