11. The Link Between Belly Fat and Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes and Arthritis
Chronic inflammation has been linked to an incredible amount of diseases, ranging everywhere from autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis to heart disease and even cancer! Beyond diet and lifestyle, belly fat is a leading cause of inflammation, and reducing it will play a huge role in your overall health!
The good news is that even though belly fat is a huge health risk, it is also relatively easy to get rid of! You cannot “spot target” fat–you won’t get rid of your gut by doing hundreds of crunches or sit-ups a day–but because belly fat is so prone to releasing its fatty acids, it can be burned off fast.
In addition to getting rid of belly fat, working to fix the conditions which lead to it in the first place (and which may be fighting your ability to lose it) is also important. If your boat is sinking, it does you no good if you bail all the water but fail to patch the leak!
To get ship-shape, you need to both bail the water and fix the leak, that way no more water can come in. The same applies to belly fat–if you lose all your belly fat, but don’t work to fix the other causes of insulin resistance and high cortisol, then you will be battling belly fat your entire life.
To succeed in the battle against belly fat, a three-pronged approach must be taken. The first and most important thing to begin doing is aerobic exercise. Second, the other causes of insulin resistance must be addressed. Finally, stress must be taken care of so that cortisol levels don’t run chronically high. Fixing one problem is certainly a move in the right direction, but fixing all three will ensure success.
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