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Thursday, 24 May 2018 19:56

Belly Fat in Women - Take it Off, Keep it Off!

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We all know obesity is at a world wide high, and the focus is specifically on the risk factors common to weight gain. Belly fat is always being the biggest hot topic, especially when it comes to being a risk factor. More and more attention in particular, is given to postmenopausal women these days because many women never even had this concern before this time in life. I refer to this as the "men-o-pot." 
Many people will also persist on blaming their genes for their belly fat, but now newer findings say this genetic predisposition (this doesn't mean you are doomed!) really can be overcome through simple exercise! This finding comes as a direct result published from Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Most previous studies targeted on the influence of genetics specific in regard to the BMI increases from childhood to early adulthood. But, there has been little research on the obesity genes from later on in life, and whether obesity attributed from genetics can really be overcome through the basics of lifestyle modification including basic activity with exercise. 
According to research, "Physical activity modifies genetic susceptibility to obesity in postmenopausal women." This is from the linear regression analysis of more than 8,200 women from the Women's Health Initiative. Those results suggest that physical activity reduces the influence of genetic predisposition to obesity, and this effect is more significant in the oldest age group (women aged 70 years and older)."
Many people have those genes that allow for gaining weight easily,… "I just look at a pastry and it goes directly to my belly! " I’m sure many women can totally relate.  But there is the good news,  with this large study, says Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, NAMS executive director: "As women age, exercise has been shown to improve muscle mass, balance, and bone strength. It also invigorates brain cells, is associated with less arthritic pain, and improves mood, concentration, and cognition. Regardless of age, genes, and amount of abdominal fat or BMI, regular exercise can improve health." (Exercise has also been to improve other aspects of life as well, this is just the tip of the iceberg.)
So don’t just exercise to lose weight, exercise for your overall health, especially as you get older. There just isn't that much exercise DOESN’T do when it comes to improving your well-being. the bottom line: losing your belly fat and then keeping it off, is really about exercise, performing both cardio and weight training have to happen regularly.
"The best way to predict your future is to create it!"  - You do that through exercise!
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