It seems that they are all pregnant. Look around you and you will see men and women with abdominal fat or belly fat. From the media to social networks there are invitations from many so-called experts announcing ways to reduce abdominal fat in two weeks. Is it that easy? For African men, the paunch is considered evidence of a well-to-do person, hence the somewhat cavalier attitude towards managing accumulated fat. Therefore, a “big” man is expected to have a chubby belly. Potbellies in men mostly result from the consumption of alcohol and food. What about female people?

Women are more concerned because as they go through middle age, their fat-to-body-weight ratio tends to increase, more so than men. However, women, particularly young women, know that belly fat interferes with their “figure eight” frame.

But beyond the desire to preserve a good physique and appear attractive in public, many people, both men and women, may be unaware of the risk that belly fat poses. Similarly, one notes how often women slap themselves on the belly in the hope that, for each slap, their protruding bellies will sink. Interestingly, people with excess belly fat produce “windbreaks” of loud or quiet farts that are unbearable. Simply put, accumulating belly fat can have serious health implications that go beyond physical appearance.

1. Abdominal obesity.

Belly fat or abdominal fat is a combination of visceral and subcutaneous fat. It may also be called abdominal obesity, android obesity, or truncal obesity. The fat stored in the lower body is subcutaneous, while the fat in the abdominal area is largely visceral. The problem with abdominal fat is that it is not limited to the extra layer of padding just below the skin (subcutaneous fat), but also includes the visceral fat found deep inside the abdomen and surrounding the internal organs. Although subcutaneous fat poses cosmetic concerns, visceral fat is associated with much more dangerous health problems.

Why the concern for women? There is cause for alarm because abdominal fat can be pathological or physiological. “It’s pathological in the sense that it’s harmful to the body; and physiological in the sense that it’s not harmful. He also pointed out that it could also be genetic, as African women naturally have belly fat after childbirth. Especially in menopause, she adds, extra pounds tend to park around the midsection, as the ratio of fat to lean tissue changes and fat storage begins to favor the upper body over the hips and thighs.

Also, it was stated that women who give birth by caesarean section tend to have a larger belly than those who give birth vaginally. Actually, an expanding waistline is sometimes considered the price of getting older. On the other hand, men with low testosterone levels have larger bellies, while women with higher testosterone levels have thicker waists.

2. Abdominal fat syndrome.

Obviously, abdominal fat syndrome is even more common in women today than in women. According to an instructor at Kayrom Lee Squash Gym and Fitness Center. “We have a lot of ladies and women alike who come here just because they want to lose belly fat. We also have teenage women who have put on body fat,” she said.

Our eating and drinking habits are important factors for this phenomenon. The more people eat a lot of fatty foods, the greater their tendency to have belly fat. Also, people who lead a sedentary lifestyle with little exercise are also at risk of accumulating belly fat.

Belly fat storage is caused by eating processed foods, particularly restaurant food. Similarly, cooking oil and chocolate are high in cholesterol. Many young women have belly fat due to their high consumption of fatty foods, chocolate, and calorie intake. The more fat we consume, the greater the tendency to accumulate abdominal fat.

There are dangerous health risks associated with lack of control of abdominal fat beyond an uninteresting physical appearance.

Risk factors include:

1. Diabetes mellitus (Type 2)

2. Fatty liver disease

3. Heart disease and hypertension.

Other serious health implications that can result from visceral abdominal fat include:

1. Breast cancer

2. Colorectal cancer

3. Gallbladder problems

4. Cardiovascular disease

5. Metabolic syndrome and other chronic conditions.

In fact, there is a warning that excess abdominal fat can lead to organ failure. Furthermore, research has also associated abdominal fat with an increased risk of premature death, as it disrupts the normal balance and hormonal functioning of the body.

3. How to get rid of abdominal fat.

Belly fat can be reduced to size. While many care about their appearance and their bellies, they seem unwilling to give up their eating and drinking habits. For the few who take the step of working on their bellies, they don’t show the commitment necessary for the task. General exercise is key.

One fitness instructor argues that exercises like sit-ups, aerobic dance, jogging, and cycling must be combined, over time, to achieve any slimming effect. Aerobic exercise is very necessary because it burns more calories and more easily removes fat from the core. These specific exercises help because the body adapts to changes. Reducing alcohol consumption, reducing chocolate consumption, and controlling the cholesterol level of cooking oil are also important. There should be a prudent consumption of fatty foods.

People need to watch what they consume, how and when they consume it to reduce belly fat.

To get rid of belly fat, in short, you have to combine regular exercise and a healthy low-calorie diet. The fitness instructor, however, emphasizes that only consistency and commitment to these exercises and a cautious lifestyle can produce the required results.

The researchers found that “people who did not exercise experienced a nearly 9 percent increase in visceral fat after six months. Regular moderate-intensity physical activity of at least 30 minutes per day and perhaps up to 60 minutes per day would help.” In addition, attention should be paid to portion sizes, and complex carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) and lean protein should be emphasized over simple carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, of refined grains and sugary drinks.

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