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There is no “magic bullet” to help a person get rid of unsightly, unflattering belly fat. The only way to effectively improve the overall appearance of your abdominal region is through diet and exercise.

The Risks Associated with Belly Fat

There are many lose belly fat quick schemes flying around the internet and on TV.  In this article, we will discuss the different exercises and tips a person can use to eliminate stubborn belly fat and gain a set of enviable abdominal muscles, obtaining the ever envious 6-pack abs. 

Age and lack of time and motivation are excuses people will give to avoid dieting and exercising.  Understanding the risks associated with belly fat can encourage and inspire a person to stick with a regular exercise routine and watch what they eat.

Excessive belly fat has been directly linked with cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.  It is the deepest layer of fat, which can be grabbed and jiggled that poses the most danger to individuals.  Visceral fat cells are responsible for the production of hormones that can have profound effects on human health.

A waist measurement of more than 40-inches in a male and 35 inches in a female is considered by experts to be extremely unhealthy.  Having a body mass index reading beyond normal limits can predispose a person to various chronic health conditions and affect overall quality of life.  As we age, we lose muscle, particularly if not physically active.  Loss of muscle mass results in the body burning calories at a slower rate and can cause a person can gain even more weight.

Genes can affect a person’s chances of being overweight or obese, as well as where the extra fat will be stored on the body.  For men, extra body fat can be disastrous to health and result in the following:

  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Insulin resistance
  • High triglyceride levels
  • Low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) which is the good cholesterol
  • Sleep apnea

For women who have extra belly fat, it can result in the following health conditions:

  • Breast cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Colorectal cancer
  • High blood pressure
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