Posted by: 4pack | April 15, 2010

Ideal Shape: Abdominal Fat Should Be Measured By “Volume” Not By “Weight”

VISCERAL “BELLY FAT” ACCUMULATES OVER TIME…THE LOSS OF ABDOMINAL FAT WILL COME PRIMARILY FROM DIET…THE MUSCLE IS BUILT UP FROM TARGETED EXERCISE AND CAN REPLACE THE WEIGHT FROM FAT LOSS…USE A TAPE MEASURE AND VISUAL MEASURES….

The problem is, abdominal fat is unique and particularly toxic to the body, but making a few lifestyle changes can have a huge impact. And forget the scale: losing weight doesn’t mean better health. In fact, he said, when people start exercising, they tend to maintain weight or even gain, yet their pants are getting baggy.

He explained exercising increases muscle mass, which is heavier than fat, so toss out that scale and use the measuring tape.

If you’re serious about your cardiac health, buy yourself a tape measure.

That little strip of plastic is the best way to identify whether your waist circumference is expanding and therefore putting you at increased risk for cardiovascular problems according to Dr. Jean-Pierre Despres, PhD, professor of kinesiology and director of research in cardiology at Quebec’s Laval University. Despres is a leading expert in the connection between abdominal fat and cardiac health.

“We have made remarkable progress,” said Despres, keynote speaker at Wednesday’s 2010 Waterloo-Wellington Cardiovascular Respiratory Conference, a joint project between St. Mary’s and Grand River hospitals and designed for health professionals.

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