Is bodyfat around the belly harmful? -
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Is bodyfat around the belly harmful?

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Anna Rathbun, NC
Are you exhausted, burnt out and tired? Does the term Adrenal Fatigue ring true for you? What's the connection between life stress and your indigestion, bowel trouble?

Interestingly - two people can have the same weight, but the person with weight in the belly is at higher risk of blood sugar problems and diabetes than the person who carries the same weight in the legs. or bottom. Nutrition and supplements can be very helpful at stabilizing blood sugar, alleviating sugar cravings and helping weight loss to reduce diabetes risk.

Dr. Rebecca Sanders, DC RYT(500)
I use muscle testing to find the root cause of your pain & dysfunction. Solutions include: chiropractic, deep tissue , reiki, dietary changes, emotional release, yoga therapy, herbs, and much more!

You are not able to engage your core properly. The core works with all your organs and helps them move and pump fluids. Your organs cannot do this alone, the abs help the organs contract and detox. Weak abs because of fat will cause pressure in the back, and lead to degenerative disk disease as well. I have found a lot of emotions trapped in fat.. particulars cellulite. Stuck energy, keeps the physical stuck as well. So belly fat can cause chemical, emotional, and physical disturbance.

Elizabeth Sherman
Ceritfied Life & Weight Loss Coach

Yes, it can be. We typically think about 2 different body shapes: apple & pear. Pear shaped bodies have more fat around their hips & thighs, where apple shaped bodies have more body fat around their middles. Although it's more difficult for pear shaped folks to lose that stubborn body fat, body fat around the middle is more harmful because of it's proximity to our organs. By having excess body fat around the belly, it can crowd the organs & prevent them from functioning freely.

Tyler Lesher, ATC, CSCS, PES, CES, PN-1
I am a strength & conditioning specialist who helps people reclaim their health & energy through exercise and a holistic diet for fat loss.

Fat needs to be considered like an endocrine organ. Fat is not something that just stores as fat droplets or triglycerides, fat also releases hormones. As fat cells get bigger, it releases hormones that stimulate inflammation and ends up driving insulin resistance. Fat is almost like a forgotten organ that we never really think about. Now, how do we get fat? Fat cells can grow two ways:

1. Hypertrophy=the fat cell actually grows in size

2. Hyperplasia=numerous small fat cells.

Insulin and fat have two primary roles:

1) Lipogenisis (Creates and stores fat)

2) Adipogensis (Creation of new fat cells)

With hypertrophic fat cells, these cells become so big they eventually smother all the components (nucleus, mitochondria) in the cell. So then they struggle to stay alive or active. The cells then have to try to add vascularity. This drives inflammation because more blood has to be pushed to the fatty area. Rememeber that fat cells can only do what insulin tells them. Insulin gets released and knocks on fat's door and says, "Hey we need to use you for energy or keep all the fat inside!" After the fat cell becomes so big, it becomes insulin resistant so no matter how much insulin is released, that fat cell continues to grow in size. Insulin must be elevated for fat to grow. Insulin must be elevated for long periods for fat to grow. Once the fat cell becomes insulin resistant, the fat cell starts to leak its fat (inflammatory proteins or free fatty acids). These two come together and make ceramides. These then gather in our brain, blood vessels, muscles and organs and form a new insulin resistant fat. This is how we get diabetes and how fat cells continue to increase to form obesity.

This is why we do everything to keep our insulin at a low level in the program. If the insulin is too high for long periods, we store all the fat. This is why exercising, fasting, walking before/after meals all prevents the insulin from getting too high.

Now what's the fix? Is it eat less and move more? Thats what doctors and the government tell us and have told us for the last 50+ years. The issue is, if that were true, our obesity rate wouldn't be almost 50% in America. So this is where the kinds of food were eating become the focus, in my opinion. We need to focus on the type of calories we're eating and not the number of calories we're eating. Control your insulin to control your inflammation to control your fat. Fat is directly related to health, therefore control your insulin and you can control your health!

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