A Healthy Waist Gains You a Longer Life

A healthy waist is crucial to longevity....

By now we all obviously know how crucial it is to rid our body of abdominal fat. Not only is the excess fat unattractive it's a death sentence, I know that's harsh but it's the truth. There's no quick, easy, simple way to lose the fat it takes hard work and dedication.

There are two types of belly fat. Subcutaneous belly fat is the visible fat that can be felt and pinched an inch or two or more. This kind of fat appears all around the body: the stomach, hips, buttocks, arms, legs and thighs. Too much of this fat normally indicates that a person is overweight and possibly obese. This fat serves as protection and warmth to the human body. Too much of this fat or too little is unhealthy. Having some of this fat is important for normal body function.

Visceral belly fat is located deeper within the body, found only in the torso area. While it's not visually noticeable, usually those with the subcutaneous type have an excess of visceral belly fat also. This type of fat is located deep within the upper body and surrounds the liver, kidney and heart. Due to this issue visceral fat can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, breast cancer, diabetes and dementia.

Excess belly fat also increases your chances of:

  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Heart Disease

Do you know your accurate waist measurement?

To measure your waist, stand in front of a mirror with your feet apart. Wrap the tape around your waist just about an inch above your belly button.

A normal waist size for a woman is 32 inches or less, and for a man is 38 inches or less.

Your waistline measurement actually tells us more about your overall health than any other statistic.

You probably want to know why, it's because all body fat is not the same and fat around the middle is most likely the worst fat of all. Your waist line measurement may be the most important indicator of your overall health. There is a possible connection between the size of your waist and your risk for developing certain diseases.

What can we do to whittle our waist:

1. Moderate to vigorous exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Spot training tightens the abs but does nothing for the subcutaneous belly fat.
2. Eat a healthy diet avoiding fatty fried foods, carbs, high-fructose corn syrup and carbonated drinks which make you feel bloated.
3. Portion control is extremely important. You'll be surprised how much food your body actually needs once you start cutting back on your meal intake.
4. Stand tall, correct posture will make you feel slimmer and train your abs to be firmer.
5. Reduce stress in your life. Excess stress increases cortisol in your body, which increases belly fat, which causes havoc with cholesterol and triglycerides.

A Flatter belly will offer you:

1. A longer life by reducing your chances of diseases.
2. Will improve your sex life by increasing your stamina.
3. It will strengthen your back muscles.

Our bodies consist of healthy fat and unhealthy fat. By ridding our body of the unhealthy fat we are able to add years to our live and increase our longevity.

The decision is yours. Do you want a healthy belly and a longer life or an unhealthy belly and a shorter life. The choice should be simple. Challenge yourself to gain a healthy waist.

Now might be the perfect time to waste away the waist. Good luck to all.

Tight ABS that we all want and could have if we try hard enough.
Tight ABS that we all want and could have if we try hard enough.

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© 2011 Linda Bilyeu

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Great hub, my wife and I are currently doing our annual....get back in shape before the pool opens stage....thanks for sharing


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank YOU for your comment! Wishing you lots of luck with your gaining a healthy waist :)


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MOORESHOES 5 years ago from USA

I love this hub too. A healthy waist is really important for a long life :)


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felicitylovespari 5 years ago

These are great. I go to the gym and focus on my stomach where I can. Counting calories seems to be the only thing that works.


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cbpoet 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Informative hub .. especially the "12 foods that fight belly fat" ... CB


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Moore, felicity and cbpoet! Thank you for your comments and sharing your thoughts!:)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Very helpful.. espessially now is the season to get in shape. Thanks for those helpful ideas!


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

I am very health learned, but I did not know the exact number for a healthy waste. Very informational and interesting!


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robie2 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

I'm right on the cusp so this hub is very motivating for me and full of great information about how to lose belly fat


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Jrandol62 4 years ago from Where ever the road takes me....

Great hub....I could lose about 10 pounds, and esp my spare tire....I think it's a DUNLAP, because it's DUN LAPPED over my belt!!!....UGH! LOL


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

Very useful hub, Linda. It makes me want to put on my running shoes right away. :)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Very helpful Linda!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I don't know how I missed this hub, but this is awesome advice for losing weight and staying healthy. This is especially poignant given that the FDA just approved yet another weight loss drug. I believe the old fashioned way is best unless you absolutely cannot do it that way. Great advice!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

I am glad to say after having 2 kids that I have a healthy waist and do so agree that this important as you have written in your hub. Yet again voted up and shared too.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Very helpful hub Shine. Thanks for sharing!


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Voted up useful and informative hub. My waist is healthy as well.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Thanks for the foods that burn belly fat list. Great job providing researched information that is important for good health!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

My middle is getting very thick! lol! still under 9 stone, but it just gets on my nerves! so out comes the exercise stuff and quick! I have started skipping again! I got a jump rope, bright green and black and its so much fun! great hub Linda, voted up! and shared, nell


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Always trying to win in the battle of the bulge!!!! I always try to remember this saying when I eat a chocolate - "A moment on the lips a lifetime on the hips". Great hub. Voted up and shared.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I am happy that I have lost of few pounds over the last few months and I can now wear a few things that didn't fit a while back. I feel better and more energetic since losing weight also. Great hub and I think you listed some good reasons for trimming the waistline. Voted up!!!


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Hunbbel Meer 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

It's a wonderful hub. So concise; so precise. Although I have a 'healthy' waist, but as I am an ectomorph, I don't think I am ever going to worry about that. Actually, adding a few pounds is one of my priorities right now.

Anyway, thinking of forwarding this to my would-be fiancee. Ouch!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Came back for another read and no my waist is still pretty big! lol! best to get on that rowing machine! voted up and shared, nell


lovedoctor926 2 years ago

Useful information & great tips. I agree. You have to reduce the fat in the waist and lower stomach area before you can achieve a nice, toned mid-section. I use various abs workout DVDs and the stability ball. Perfect Abs is a good one as well as Hip Hop Abs. The guy in the picture is hot & has nice pecks. lol


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I used that photo to motivate the guys too! :)


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Okay Coach! I'm on a mission to reduce my waistline. Your advice and information has inspired me. And we need to hear this often as a reminder too. My main motivation? Living longer and avoiding disease. Thanks, Linda!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Best of luck with your new mission Audrey. You could do it! :)


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MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

Excellent post. Hope it helps a lot of people


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Great hub on a topic I know I need to address. When I read your sentence: Your waist line measurement may be the most important indicator of your overall health, I know now that I have to do the exercises in your article for my waistline. Thank you!


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Kasman 24 months ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

As a man that hits the gym about 4 days a week, I can always appreciate another take on the belly fat phenomenon. I'm always trying to find new ways to keep fat away and this hub really highlighted my interests. I appreciate you sunshine. Voting up and sharing this joker.


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sweetpikez 24 months ago

Dear sunshine625,

I automaticaly checked my waist after reading the first paragraph of this article. Good thing, I don't have to be alarmed with my waistline. :-)

I enjoy and find your hub from the title to the last paragraph informative.

Thanks for sharing. Voted useful and interesting.

Glad to read this,

Sweetpikez

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