April 22, 2015

Woes of having a Big Belly

Are you concerned by a flabby belly and those tyres around your waist? Well, you should be! While it's true that a big belly makes you look unattractive and you can't fit into your favourite pair of jeans any longer, it's not just limited to that! Being fat around the stomach has much more risks than you imagine! Now being overweight or obese all over is obviously bad but where exactly your fat accumulates also matters. It has been found that visceral fat is more dangerous than subcutaneous fat or in simpler words stomach fat is more bad than hip fat. A huge tummy could increase your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers.



There's more bad news for people with pot bellies. Your big belly could make you eat more and in turn trigger a vicious cycle of enlarging your belly furthermore. Actually the culprit is a hormone called neuropeptide Y or NPY for short. A Canadian study has found that abdominal fat tissue produces this NPY hormone which stimulates the growth of fat cells. While NPY produced in the brain increases your hunger pangs and makes you eat more thus making you gain more weight in the middle, the NPY secreted in the enlarged abdomen triggers the production of more fat cells and as mentioned earlier leads to a vicious cycle.

fat belly overweight man 
Researchers are devising ways to target the fat in the belly region with drugs. You can read more about it here. In the meantime, you could try shedding your weight with brisk walking and yoga. You'll get more ideas from the post "I wanna reduce my waist and thighs, Please help!"

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2 comments:

  1. Eat less exercise more.

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  2. Goutami4:28 PM

    The only way to successfully lose weight is to do it 'the old fashioned' way. Sheer hard work. At the end, you will feel better about yourself and would have developed better habits.

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