Sunday, February 15, 2009

Take a Little Out of the Middle!

The battle of the bulge is something that many of us struggle with. I was reading an article today on the dangers of belly fat and thought it was worth sharing!

Studies show that having a little extra fat around the middle " increases your risk of heart disease, hypertension, cancer and dementia. Not only that, women whose waists are bigger than 35 inches are more than twice as likely to die of heart disease than women whose middles measure less than 28 inches, according to research from the National Institutes of Health. And a waist that's more than 32 inches ups your risk of diabetes, experts say."

Wow...I always thought a little extra padding wasn't that big of a deal! So how can you win the battle and decrease your health risks? It's actually EASY! " Cut just 100 calories a day. That's all you need to ditch to beat belly bulge, says Mehmet Oz, M.D., author of "YOU on a Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management." Dropping this amount from your daily intake -- we're talking one cookie, a soda or a glass of wine -- will help you lose about 12 pounds a year. And it's a cinch to stick to a plan that requires no actual dieting or deprivation."

100 Calories a day? That sounds so simple! Other tips they give for keeping things in check are:
  • Running 2-4 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes
  • Eat good for you foods-veggies, fruits, fish, low-fat dairy and whole grains
  • Eat a high protein breakfast, such as Eggology Egg Whites, ""An egg-white omelet is a good choice," says Louis Aronne, M.D., a clinical professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and director of the weight-control program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
  • Don't skip meals
  • Minimize stress
  • Get your ZZZZZZ's-sleep is important!
  • MOVE-take frequent breaks from sitting-get up and walk around (just don't walk to the fridge!)
Great tips! Check out the full article for more information on the dangers of a big belly and what you can do to avoid them!

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