Belly Fat and Diabetes
Having a lot of belly fat is pretty undesirable to just about anyone, but what’s happening on the outside tells us of a much bigger picture of the inside. Having a large waistline is a component of the metabolic syndrome: which is the crossroads where heart disease and diabetes meet up to wreak their havoc.
One issue with stubborn belly fat is its relation to insulin resistance. This is where your insulin (which helps carry energy into your cells) decides to go on strike and no longer helps to carry blood sugar to where its suppose to go. As a result, you can have an abundance of sugar in your blood and this can lead to excessive weight gain, disturbances in your metabolism, and possibly diabetes.
A group of researchers decided to look at belly fat and how it relates to insulin resistance. For this study, researchers looked at 328 subjects and found that the higher the amount of belly fat, the greater the level of insulin resistance (1). You do have different types of fat, such as the type you can visibly see with your own eyes as well as another type that lies around your organs. Researchers did point out that only one type of abdominal fat correlated to insulin resistance, but it’s important to note that reducing belly fat altogether is the best way towards good health.
So what’s the best way to lose belly fat? Eat as little food as possible and do extreme amounts of “cardio,” right? Absolutely not. Follow a whole food based diet, strength train 3 days a week, and put yourself on a conditioning programs such as intervals or sprints.
1. Hsieh, C.J. Wang, P.W., Chen, T.Y. “The Relationship Between Regional Abdominal Fat Distribution and Both Insulin Resistance and Subclinical Chronic Inflammation in Non-Diabetic Adults.” (2014) Diabetoloy and Metabolic Syndrome. 6