Sunday, May 5, 2013

Losing Belly Fat: A Summary

The combination of two decades (ages 18−37) of reckless eating habits with little exercise (after 1991), plus my metabolism slowing down around my mid-30s, has developed an unsightly paunch on me. I dress to hide it, or I tell myself I do and everyone else is too polite to confess they detect the illusion, but when I change for bed or shower there's no hiding my unsightliness from myself. I'm sure making my own beer hasn't helped things.

This is an entirely unacceptable situation. Not only do I make myself physically unattractive with these large adipose deposits, but belly fat poses several serious health risks. From WikiHow:
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  • Belly fat is linked with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. Specifically it's the deepest layer of belly fat —the fat you can't see or grab — that poses health risks. That's because these "visceral" fat cells actually produce hormones and other substances that can affect your health (e.g. increased insulin resistance and/or breast cancer risk).
  • The fact that they're located right next to and in between organs in your abdominal cavity doesn't help. For example, fat next to the liver drains into it, causing a fatty liver, which is a risk factor for insulin resistance, setting the stage for Type 2 diabetes.
From Wikipedia: There is a strong correlation between central obesity and cardiovascular disease. Abdominal obesity is not confined only to the elderly and obese subjects. Abdominal obesity has been linked to Alzheimer's Disease as well as other metabolic and vascular diseases.