Increase of the abdominal volume has aesthetic implications as well as physical and sexual ones.
Advisor Sandro Gómez Maquet – Nutrition specialist doctor
There is nothing so discouraging as to look at oneself in the mirror and seeing this prominent belly as if it were saying, “Here I am!” More than an aesthetic issue this protuberant paunch can be the most visible signal of cardiovascular alterations and even sexual ones, especially in males. Can there be something worse than this for masculine pride? So, whatever way you look at it, decreasing abdominal perimeter is the wisest thing that every person can do. Women do not escape that situation either.
Nonetheless, beyond mere form, what one needs to understand is that abdominal fat is equal to visceral fat. This is an expression that for some is worthy of extra attention as it refers to the fat around the abdominal organs. This is the way an article of the Harvard Medical School explains it, “What makes abdominal fat a strong marker for risk of disease is that the fat surrounding the liver and other abdominal organs, called visceral fat, is metabolically very active. It liberates fatty acids, inflammatory agents and hormones that, ultimately lead to higher levels of LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, blood glucose and arterial pressure.”
Use your meter
To begin with, it is necessary to know that there are measurements taken at belly button level that allow one to identify whether the abdominal perimeter lie within average or whether it is time to slim the belly down. The World Health Organization points out that for men this perimeter must be under 90 centimeters and for women under 80. Specialist Sandro Gomez Maquet warns that if such measurements are excessively high they can lead to presenting with diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, high triglycerides and, obviously, cardiovascular disease. In other words, something experts call metabolic syndrome.
Even as this excess fat in both men and women have the same causes: sedentary life-style, bad eating habits, alterations of the hormones, lack of sleep and stress, the specialist points out that, even though women can accumulate fat in the abdominal area, it is more frequent for women to accumulate fat on the hips which explains why they have less problems with visceral fat, but are not exempt either. He adds that the incidence of abdominal fat is somewhat greater in women over 60 years of age due to the hormonal changes that are responsible for the presence of fat in the body.
On its part, our current life-style also accounts for the fact that children and youngsters increasingly present with high abdominal perimeter. The expert also warns that an “Increase in Type 2 Diabetes in the younger population is due to the increase in visceral fat.”
Liposuction is not the solution
In their eagerness to get quick results without a lot of effort, for many, the operating theater is usually the first option that comes to mind. There are even those who turn to thermal gels, or to plastics around the abdomen to “sweat off the fat”, lemon juice before breakfast in order to “cut the fat” and every offer the market puts out promising miraculous results. Nevertheless, Doctor Gomez Moquet in emphatic in saying that, “The only way to reduce abdominal fat is with physical activity and a nutritional plan that fits the needs of each individual person. It must be clear that, in order to reduce abdominal fat – the most difficult one- it is first necessary to lose weight. With liposuction the abdominal wall loses fat but visceral fat, with such procedures, stays there.”
The larger the waist of a man the greater risk he will have of developing sexual impotence and urinary disorders.
Five keys to keeping fat under control
- Diminish intake of refined sugars: deserts, cake, ice cream, pastry, other pastry products, sweet beverages and table sugar.
- Avoid re-usage of oil
- Reduce intake of fried foods
- Have a nutritional plan oriented by specialists: one you must adhere to.
- Physical activity
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