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TIME TO LOSE YOUR WINTER FAT STORE

TIME TO LOSE YOUR WINTER FAT STORE

After weeks of hunkering down under baggy jumpers it’s time to come out of hibernation and melt your winter waistline. Whether your challenge is to reduce the obvious, jiggly type of fat or tackle the hidden, visceral fat beneath, you need to exercise!

By starting now, you will have a summer-ready body and give yourself a feel-good boost until the warmer weather comes.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’VE GOT TOO MUCH FAT?

Generally, if your waist measurement is above 31.5 inches (women) or 37 inches (men) you probably need to take some action to reduce it. Also, take a look at how much body fat is healthy

However, if you just lose weight or measure your BMI you don’t know if you’re losing weight all over your body, or just on the surface.

THE IMPORTANCE OF LOSING VISCERAL FAT

The location and type of fat is really important. Deep abdominal fat – visceral fat – is particularly dangerous as it wraps around organs and affects the whole body, leading to inflammation, diabetes and heart disease. Scientists are now seeing fat less as an inert substance that simply adds bulk, and more as an active organ that can have very real, damaging effects.

HOW TO TACKLE IT

Studies show that a combination of approaches is the best way to reduce belly fat and potentially prevent these diseases. Exercise is particularly effective: a recent study of visceral fat in 3,602 people compared exercise with medicine to find out which best cut visceral fat and exercise was the clear winner.

WHICH EXERCISE IS BEST?

Remember spot reduction doesn’t work. Instead, do high intensity cardio workouts such as spinning classes, interval training, kettlebell workouts and sprinting. Just half an hour of these will kickstart those fat-burning hormones into action.

WHAT FOOD SHOULD I EAT?

Firstly, avoid the fad diets and get clued up on healthy eating. Next, avoid starving yourself as this will only make you more likely to binge later. Eat plenty of good fats,  and pack your diet out with ample protein and fibre which will help fill you up. Wholegrains over refined carbs hardly needs to be mentioned, and stock up on foods which are reported to help shed belly  fat.  

 

the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

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