Your Tummy Fat Could Be Killing You
Tummy fat. Some of us have it, others don’t. Is there anything special about a big belly compared to a large bottom? Well, surprisingly, ! According to a study carried out by researchers from MacMaster University, Hamilton, , .
These types of findings are not unique to MacMasters. Dr David Heber, Ph.D., (BMI), which is a measurement based on the ratio between your height and weight.
, is your overall body shape. You may be more like an apple or a pear, or evenly shaped top and bottom. You may have large thighs, .
A more accurate and telling predictor of heart attack risk, is the waist-to-hip ratio.
What is your waist-to-hip ratio?
Divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement. For example, if your hips measurement is 40 inches and your waist is 34 inches your hip-to-waist ratio is 0.85. If you are a man, that’s great, if you are a woman, that’s OK (but you are right on the limit of healthy).
– A man’s ratio should not be over 0.90
– A woman’s ratio should not be over 0.85
Don’t fight nature
If you were born an apple you will stay an apple and if you were born a pear you will continue to be appear. Accepting your natural body shape is the first step in losing weight. In a study led by Glasgow, Scotland, psychologist Dorothy Hefferman, Ph.D., researchers concluded that women whose actual body shape differs from their desired one may find losing weight frustrating and have more trouble sticking to a weight-loss program as a result.
If this sounds like you, accept your overall shape as nature intended, . .