Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.
A Healthy Waist is Crucial for Longevity
By now we all obviously know how crucial it is to rid our body of abdominal fat. Not only is the excess fat unattractive it's a death sentence, I know that's harsh but it's the truth. There's no quick, easy, simple way to lose the fat it takes hard work and dedication.
There are two types of belly fat. Subcutaneous belly fat is the visible fat that can be felt and pinched an inch or two or more. This kind of fat appears all around the body: the stomach, hips, buttocks, arms, legs and thighs. Too much of this fat normally indicates that a person is overweight and possibly obese. This fat serves as protection and warmth to the human body. Too much of this fat or too little is unhealthy. Having some of this fat is important for normal body function.
Visceral belly fat is located deeper within the body, found only in the torso area. While it's not visually noticeable, usually those with the subcutaneous type have an excess of visceral belly fat also. This type of fat is located deep within the upper body and surrounds the liver, kidney and heart. Due to this issue visceral fat can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, breast cancer, diabetes and dementia.
Excessive Belly Fat Increases
- Metabolic syndrome
- Gallbladder problems
- Colorectal cancer
- Erectile dysfunction
- Heart Disease
Do you know your accurate waist measurement?
To measure your waist, stand in front of a mirror with your feet apart. Wrap the tape around your waist just about an inch above your belly button.
A normal waist size for a woman is 32 inches or less, and for a man is 38 inches or less.
Your waistline measurement actually tells us more about your overall health than any other statistic.
You probably want to know why, it's because all body fat is not the same and fat around the middle is most likely the worst fat of all. Your waist line measurement may be the most important indicator of your overall health. There is a possible connection between the size of your waist and your risk for developing certain diseases.
What can we do to whittle our waist:
1. Moderate to vigorous exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Spot training tightens the abs but does nothing for the subcutaneous belly fat.
2. Eat a healthy diet avoiding fatty fried foods, carbs, high-fructose corn syrup and carbonated drinks which make you feel bloated.
3. Portion control is extremely important. You'll be surprised how much food your body actually needs once you start cutting back on your meal intake.
4. Stand tall, correct posture will make you feel slimmer and train your abs to be firmer.
5. Reduce stress in your life. Excess stress increases cortisol in your body, which increases belly fat, which causes havoc with cholesterol and triglycerides.
A Flatter belly will offer you:
1. A longer life by reducing your chances of diseases.
2. Will improve your sex life by increasing your stamina.
3. It will strengthen your back muscles.
Our bodies consist of healthy fat and unhealthy fat. By ridding our body of the unhealthy fat we are able to add years to our live and increase our longevity.
The decision is yours. Do you want a healthy belly and a longer life or an unhealthy belly and a shorter life. The choice should be simple. Challenge yourself to gain a healthy waist.
Now might be the perfect time to waste away the waist. Good luck to all.
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Pinky de Garcia on December 08, 2014:
I automaticaly checked my waist after reading the first paragraph of this article. Good thing, I don't have to be alarmed with my waistline. :-)
I enjoy and find your hub from the title to the last paragraph informative.
Thanks for sharing. Voted useful and interesting.
Glad to read this,
Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on December 06, 2014:
As a man that hits the gym about 4 days a week, I can always appreciate another take on the belly fat phenomenon. I'm always trying to find new ways to keep fat away and this hub really highlighted my interests. I appreciate you sunshine. Voting up and sharing this joker.
Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on February 23, 2014:
Great hub on a topic I know I need to address. When I read your sentence: Your waist line measurement may be the most important indicator of your overall health, I know now that I have to do the exercises in your article for my waistline. Thank you!
MG Singh from UAE on February 22, 2014:
Excellent post. Hope it helps a lot of people
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on February 22, 2014:
Best of luck with your new mission Audrey. You could do it! :)
Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on February 22, 2014:
Okay Coach! I'm on a mission to reduce my waistline. Your advice and information has inspired me. And we need to hear this often as a reminder too. My main motivation? Living longer and avoiding disease. Thanks, Linda!
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on February 22, 2014:
I used that photo to motivate the guys too! :)
lovedoctor926 on February 21, 2014:
Useful information & great tips. I agree. You have to reduce the fat in the waist and lower stomach area before you can achieve a nice, toned mid-section. I use various abs workout DVDs and the stability ball. Perfect Abs is a good one as well as Hip Hop Abs. The guy in the picture is hot & has nice pecks. lol
Nell Rose from England on February 21, 2014:
Came back for another read and no my waist is still pretty big! lol! best to get on that rowing machine! voted up and shared, nell
Syed Hunbbel Meer from Karachi, Pakistan. on December 07, 2012:
It's a wonderful hub. So concise; so precise. Although I have a 'healthy' waist, but as I am an ectomorph, I don't think I am ever going to worry about that. Actually, adding a few pounds is one of my priorities right now.
Anyway, thinking of forwarding this to my would-be fiancee. Ouch!
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 07, 2012:
I am happy that I have lost of few pounds over the last few months and I can now wear a few things that didn't fit a while back. I feel better and more energetic since losing weight also. Great hub and I think you listed some good reasons for trimming the waistline. Voted up!!!
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 06, 2012:
Always trying to win in the battle of the bulge!!!! I always try to remember this saying when I eat a chocolate - "A moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips". Great hub. Voted up and shared.
Nell Rose from England on October 04, 2012:
My middle is getting very thick! lol! still under 9 stone, but it just gets on my nerves! so out comes the exercise stuff and quick! I have started skipping again! I got a jump rope, bright green and black and its so much fun! great hub Linda, voted up! and shared, nell
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 19, 2012:
Thanks for the foods that burn belly fat list. Great job providing researched information that is important for good health!
lovedoctor926 on July 19, 2012:
Voted up useful and informative hub. My waist is healthy as well.
Life Under Construction from Neverland on July 19, 2012:
Very helpful hub Shine. Thanks for sharing!
Janine Huldie from New York, New York on July 19, 2012:
I am glad to say after having 2 kids that I have a healthy waist and do so agree that this important as you have written in your hub. Yet again voted up and shared too.
Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on July 19, 2012:
I don't know how I missed this hub, but this is awesome advice for losing weight and staying healthy. This is especially poignant given that the FDA just approved yet another weight loss drug. I believe the old fashioned way is best unless you absolutely cannot do it that way. Great advice!
Audrey Howitt from California on June 25, 2012:
Very helpful Linda!
Madeleine Salin from Finland on April 16, 2012:
Very useful hub, Linda. It makes me want to put on my running shoes right away. :)
Jeff from Where ever the road takes me.... on February 09, 2012:
Great hub....I could lose about 10 pounds, and esp my spare tire....I think it's a DUNLAP, because it's DUN LAPPED over my belt!!!....UGH! LOL
Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on February 09, 2012:
I'm right on the cusp so this hub is very motivating for me and full of great information about how to lose belly fat
mythicalstorm273 on February 09, 2012:
I am very health learned, but I did not know the exact number for a healthy waste. Very informational and interesting!
Tammy from North Carolina on December 30, 2011:
Very helpful.. espessially now is the season to get in shape. Thanks for those helpful ideas!
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on December 18, 2011:
Hi Moore, felicity and cbpoet! Thank you for your comments and sharing your thoughts!:)
cbpoet from Las Vegas, Nevada on December 18, 2011:
Informative hub .. especially the "12 foods that fight belly fat" ... CB
felicitylovespari on September 23, 2011:
These are great. I go to the gym and focus on my stomach where I can. Counting calories seems to be the only thing that works.
MOORESHOES from USA on April 14, 2011:
I love this hub too. A healthy waist is really important for a long life :)
Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 02, 2011:
Thank YOU for your comment! Wishing you lots of luck with your gaining a healthy waist :)
UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on April 02, 2011:
Great hub, my wife and I are currently doing our annual....get back in shape before the pool opens stage....thanks for sharing