If you have had a child, chances are you’ve had belly fat at one point in your life. Many of us women gain belly fat before we get it anywhere else. And no matter how much we diet and exercise, it is often the last fat to go. Unfortunately, there are several health risks that come along with belly fat.
The Risk of Belly Fat
A recent study has found that belly fat can result in serious bone health issues, including an increase in bone marrow fat and a reduction in bone density. This increases your chances of developing osteoporosis later in life. It has been determined that belly fat compromises bone health more than fat on other parts of the body.
Many women with belly fat exercise less than those with firmer stomachs. Since exercise strengthens the bone, women who participate in regular exercise have healthier bones.
Women who have belly fat have a higher chance of experiencing heart attacks and strokes than women with fat elsewhere. If you have belly fat, your cells are more likely to be resistant to insulin, giving you a higher risk for developing high blood pressure, strokes, heart disease and premature death. Belly fat will also cause a calcium build up in your arteries.
How to Get Rid of Belly Fat
How do you get rid of belly fat? Of course eating right and following a regular exercise routine is the number one way to get rid of belly fat. Eat ground turkey rather than ground beef, eat whole wheat pasta rather than white and include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet.
It is proven that if you follow a diet that is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates and fat you will lose more weight than those who follow the pyramid diet. Furthermore, adding exercise that alternates between cardio and resistance training increases your chances of losing belly weight faster than those who stick to cardiovascular work only.
If you have a belly, don’t despair. You can get rid of it by changing your diet and starting an exercise plan that includes both cardio and strength training. You can do it!