We have all hard the terms – muffin top, dunlap, and my personal favorite, booby-do. This body shape is also known as the “apple” shape. I am of course speaking of the excess fat we tend to accumulate in our mid section. It can happen at any age but does tend to worsen as we age.
Wearing low rise jeans and midriff shirts is not the solution. In fact, this attire can often exaggerate the appearance of the larger tummy. And merely buying larger clothes to mask the issue is not flattering either. This can lead us to look larger all over when it is really just a problem area.
What are some of the effects of excess weight around the mid section?
In addition to the unattractive aspect of this type of excess weight, there are actually increased health risks to this particular type of weight gain, more so than in other areas or other body types. These risks include:
• Heart disease
• Type 2 diabetes
• High blood pressure
What are some solutions for this type of excess weight?
Obviously, if you suffer from this particular type of weight gain, you would prefer to minimize it or lose it altogether. But what are some of the ways to go about losing this? Let’s take a look at the two major changes you need to make to your lifestyle.
• Exercise – Cardio is the best way to lose weight overall, which will in turn minimize the problem tummy area. Targeted movements such as sit-ups will build the muscle tone, but you will need cardio to burn the fat that covers those muscles.
• Diet – Dietary changes will also need to be made. Adding whole grain fiber and fresh fruits and vegetables as well as changing to lean sources of protein. The basic premise or tenet of weight loss is to eat fewer calories than you burn. Make sure that you area consuming sufficient calories to fuel the increased exercise program you have developed.
If you believe that you have already developed some of the health risks mentioned above, please consult your physician. It is also a good idea to talk with your doctor if you are considering a significant change to your exercise and diet routines.
They can best advise you on what will give you the results you seek, and can help personalize a program for your body and fitness level.