Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Belly Fat In Women

People are generally considered getting older when their waistline starts expanding. This is true, particularly for women after menopause, when their body fat tends to shift from legs, arms and hips to the mid section (abdomen). As per a research conducted, belly fat in women also increases the risk of diabetes, certain cancers, cardiovascular disease and even untimely death. However, the threats posed by belly fat could be reduced to a great extent.

How you balance the calories eaten with the energy you burn, largely determines your weight. You are likely to gain surplus pounds, including the belly fat if you eat too much and exercise too little. However, aging also plays a significant role. As you age, your muscle mass slowly diminishes and your weight contains a huge proportion of fats. The rate at which your body uses the calories is also decreased owing to less muscle mass, which could be more demanding to maintain a healthy weight or lose surplus pounds.

Moreover, even if women aren’t gaining any weight, they tend to notice an increase in their belly fat as they get older. This is possibly due to a declining level of estrogen that determines the distribution of fat in the body. Heredity could also be one of the possible reasons for the belly fat in women.

The problem with tummy fat is that it isn’t restricted to just the additional layer of padding located below the skin but also includes visceral fat that lies deep inside your stomach surrounding your internal organs.

Visceral fat is linked with far more hazardous health consequences although subcutaneous fat might poses cosmetic concerns. The reason being, surplus amount of fat produces hormones and other substances that could raise blood pressure, bad cholesterol levels and hamper the body’s ability to use insulin.

Women and belly fat go hand in hand, thus you must take this as a serious threat that could cause severe damage to your overall health if attention is not given.

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