Growing up I never had a nickname. It was always Chris or Chris Anne and, of course, the occasional “Christine!” when I was in big trouble. When my brother was born he got the nickname Tiger which I thought was a really awesome name because he sounded so tough. Guys always have the coolest nicknames like The Duke, Maverick, Indiana, and even The Babe. Occasionally they can be less flattering especially if you find that a certain protruding part of your anatomy is becoming name-worthy in it’s own right. If so, it may be time to banish that belly.
As American guts grow, so does our vocabulary used to describe them. There are the classics like love handles and pot belly. Then there are the relative newcomers like dunlop disease where your belly has “dun’ lopped over yer belt,” wide pride, tool shed and even gothopotamus (I have no idea what that one means but it doesn’t sound attractive). As funny as they are, a paunch is a terrible thing to waist! Here area five health risks related to an expanding girth:
1. Increased risk for Metabolic Syndrome — a cluster of risk factors including belly fat, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and low HDL cholesterol levels. All of which increase heart disease risk.
2. Increased Inflammation — which can increase cellular damage and potentially lead to cancer and other health concerns like auto-immune diseases and arthritis.
3. Reduced Longevity — Visceral fat is like a thick wall around the organs that puts more stress on them and reduces their function.
4. Reduced Sexual Performance — Excess belly fat reduces circulation and may also decrease testosterone levels.
5. Sleep Apnea — a chronic condition that disrupts your sleep multiple times each night
Tale of the Tape
Your weight is one measure of your overall fitness. If you have access to a body composition scale, you can determine your lean muscle mass and body fat. Measuring your waistline is also essential. Here’s a simple how-to from the Mayo Clinic:
1. Place tape measure (think seamstress not Stanley) on bare abdomen just above the hip bone.
2. Pull snugly but not tightly
3. Keep it level
4. Relax, exhale and note the measurement
5. No cheating — this is not the time to suck in your gut!
A waistline greater than 40″ puts you at risk.
It’s a Cinch
Whittling down your waist is less challenging than you may imagine. It can be as simple as subtraction and addition.
What to Subtract:
- Alcohol & beer consumption — while beer may not directly cause a beer belly, it along with other alcohol dramatically increases your calorie intake, can lead to overeating and lead to higher blood sugar levels.
- Refined foods — avoid processed and high sugar foods
- Stress — stress hormones can also pack on the pounds
What to Add:
- Go for belly fat burning foods like pears, nuts, sunflower seeds, white or green tea. Even cold potatoes have fat burning benefits according to RealAge.com.
- Add an anti-inflammatory soup like my favorite homemade carrot soup with ginger, garlic, onion, zucchini and kale to help carve up your physique.
- Drink a glass of red wine.
- Exercise especially high intensity cardio 3 hours a week can shrink that stomach in a jiffy.
Beware that all of this circumference cinching may lead to a new like of notable nicknames like Washboard William, Ripped Rick, Cut Carl and Shredded Sam. So dump the beer belly and rock your six pack this summer and beyond.
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“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
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