Interestingly, WHERE we carry our weight is as important as carrying too much weight. A pound of fat takes up the space of a grapefruit (and has the same ‘dimple’ appearance). A pound of muscle takes up the space of a tangerine. During weight loss, it is important to track measurements as it is possible to lose ‘inches’ and fat before the scale shows a change. Losing weight that is not fat means you are shrinking, but not getting healthier!
Excess weight around the waist is the most serious. This increases the probability of heart disease and often indicates high visceral fat (fat around the organs). To lose this fat, a person must eat more often (every 3 hours) and balance blood sugar levels. Increasing good proteins (i.e., fish, chicken, turkey, eggs or quality protein shakes), good fats (i.e., flax oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, fish) and fresh veggies will also help. Eliminating the “WHITES” (i.e., white flour, white rice, white sugar) is key to reducing the insulin-resistance that causes this type of fat.
Ideally a woman’s waist should be 80% of her hips. A man’s waist should be equal to his hips. Example, if a woman’s hips are 40, her waist should be 32. If a man’s hips are 40, his waist should be 40. A woman has better health when she has more of an ‘hour-glass’ figure.
The best support for the hormones includes increasing consumption of the good fats (Omega 3’s) and also GREENS! Eating a diet rich in green veggies, green salads, green drinks and less fried, fatty foods will support the hormones and liver.
Regular exercise, even simple walking can help weight loss in both areas. However, making the dietary changes is also important. Laughter, relaxation and enjoying life also help the body ‘let go’ of the excess weight.