I bet you want to ditch your scale. I know I sometimes do, especially when I over indulge (yes it happens sometimes). But know that your weight doesn’t define you and how much you weigh can matter but only to a certain extent.
When it comes to health your waist size matters more than your weight. So, let’s look at your waist size (well you look at yours and I’ll look at mine :-)).
Waist Size (Belly Fat)
Have you ever compared yourself with the fruity body shape descriptions? The “apple” or “pear” shape? The apple is kind of round around the middle and the pear is rounder around the hips/thighs.
THAT is what we’re talking about here.
Do you know which shape is associated with a higher risk of sleep apnea, blood sugar issues (i.e. insulin resistance and diabetes) and heart issues (i.e high blood pressure, blood fat and arterial diseases).
If you guessed apple, you are correct!
The issue is not the muffin top or the mom pooch, the health risks come from the fat inside the abdomen covering the liver, intestines and other organs there which is known as the visceral fat.
The reason the visceral fat can be a health issue is because it releases fatty acids, inflammatory compounds and hormones that can negatively affect your blood fats, blood sugars and blood pressure.
And the apple shaped people tend to have a lot more of this hidden visceral fat than the pear shaped people do.
So as you can see where your fat is stored is more important than how much you weigh.
I Am An Apple Shape, Now What?
The easiest way to find out if you’re in the higher risk category or not is to measure your waist circumference with a measuring tape. You can do it right now.
Mommys, if your waist is 35” or more you could be considered to have “abdominal obesity” and be in the higher risk category. Those of you who are pregnant are exempt, of course.
Don’t freak out if your waist is 35” or more, this isn’t a diagnostic tool. There are lot of other risk factors for chronic diseases. Your waist size is just one of them.
If you have concerns definitely see your doctor.
Tips To Help Reduce Belly Fat:
Here is a high fiber vegetable recipe you can use to start putting in action the tips shared above.
Garlic Lemon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Note: Brussel sprouts contain the fat-soluble bone-loving vitamin K. You may want to eat them more often.