A study on belly fat confirms that visceral fat – the type that gathers around your internal organs – is far more dangerous than having a total BMI in the obese range. There are different ways of calculating your ideal body size. One way is by measuring the circumference of your hips at the widest part, across your buttocks. Then measure your waist just above your belly button. Divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement to get your ratio.
NORMAL: .85 or less in women and .90 or less in men
- For men, between 37 and 40 inches is overweight and more than 40 inches is obese
- For women, between 31.5 and 34.6 inches is overweight, and more than 34.6 inches is obese.
Does reducing the amount of sugar in the diet help with losing weight and belly fat?
Of greater concern is not weight, but the effects of fructose on body composition, fatty liver, and insulin resistance. Fructose can rapidly induce metabolic syndrome and fatty liver that is not observed in animals fed the same number of calories as glucose or starch.
Reducing the amount of sugar in the diet does help, but you need alternatives so that you don’t feel deprived. Also, finding out which foods are best for your body and those which may be causing silent inflammation that can lead to disease will help you to be on a proactive road to great health and a wonderful quality of life as you age!