Our Revealing Waistlines
A 2010 American Cancer Society study found that a large waistline doubled one's risk of dying from any cause. And Dr. Andrew Weil explains, "Abdominal fat cells secrete compounds that increase inflammation and reduce sensitivity to insulin, thus increasing the storage of fat."
New research suggests that waist size could play as an important a role as body weight, in determining how long and how well we live. The ideal waist size is 30 inches for women and 35 inches for men.
Carrying more fat around the abdomen means higher amounts of fat around vital organs like the kidneys, liver, and pancreas; this 'visceral fat' is more "metabolically active" than fat that lies just below the skin and is thought to promote chronic inflammation, which is linked to heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.
This is a huge reason to be determined to fight fat, and the best, most effective and longest lasting way to do so is to eat whole, plant based foods.
Adding more fruits and veggies to our diets while moving our bodies more (using stairs, parking further back in lots, walking in general) is the best and fastest way to shed weight. One more great way is: Mindful Eating, which means slowing down to actually enjoy each bite of what we are ingesting...noticing the taste, smell and texture of the foods we eat.
Try this and see how it makes a difference in the fit and comfort of your favorites jeans!