Lose your middle

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In a new population study of more than 5,000 older adults, having a high waist-to-hip ratio was linked with lower cognitive functioning. What’s the connection? Location matters when it comes to body fat, too. Belly fat, also known as visceral fat, is different from the type of fat you can pinch, in that it can generate harmful hormones and inflammation in the body. Too much belly fat may harm your heart and increase your risk of cancer. Take a three-part approach to whittling your middle. First and foremost, shift your diet in the direction of real food, meaning vegetables, beans, intact grains, fish, and fruit rather than white bread and pasta, baked goods, soda and juice, chips and crackers, burgers and fries, and frozen pizzas. Start with breakfast! Try steel-cut oats with nuts and fruit instead or dinner leftovers like pinto beans or sweet potatoes. Second, move your body more. Both cardio activities like walking or swimming and resistance exercises can target belly fat. And finally, since chronic stress can fuel visceral fat, make relaxation part of your daily (not monthly or annual) routine. Do yoga, meditate, get together with a close friend who makes you feel good, or simply close your eyes and breathe deeply for a few minutes. Losing extra weight around your middle is a life time change for the better

Source: The relationship between adiposity and cognitive function in a large community-dwelling population: data from the Trinity Ulster Department of Agriculture (TUDA) ageing cohort study.

“But at the end of the day, you have to take control of your life.” Charushila Biswas

Posted on November 16, 2018 and filed under nutrition.