Skooter reporting 07/16/12
I believe we don’t have to ask you this common question particularly if you’re overweight - would you like to lose some of that belly fat around the middle of your waist? Have you tried all kinds of ways of getting rid of it, without much success? You have already done this, I guess and you botched.
Well -- here's Cate Stevenson of doctorshealthpress.com will be happy to give you some great health advice: why not increase your daily intake of soluble fiber? The way to cut down on belly fat is to get some exercise and add more soluble fiber to your diet, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. I know it’s not so easy to do daily exercise and I’m sure there is no problem on your part if you add more soluble fiber to your diet,
You see, deep belly fat or "visceral fat" around the waist can be a risk to your health. It can lead to the production of hormones and other substances associated to a number of chronic diseases.
Unlike the subcutaneous fat found just under the skin, visceral fat is located deep in the stomach. It becomes especially a risk to your health, because it can swathe around your vital organs.
A higher rate of visceral fat is associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, and fatty liver disease, according to the researchers of this study. The team tested 1,114 black and Hispanic Americans, since those people are at higher risk for high levels of visceral fat as well as susceptible for high blood pressure and diabetes. The study looked at whether certain lifestyle factors, such as diet and exercise habits, were linked with a change in the participants' belly fat over a period of five years.
In the study CT scans were used to determine subcutaneous and visceral fat. The team found that increased intake of soluble fiber was linked with a reduction in belly fat, but not subcutaneous fat.
They found that soluble fiber is good at melting away deep belly fat, that is for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber taken in per day, visceral fat was reduced by 3.7% over five years. What’s more, combined with regular moderate exercise, or 30 minutes of vigorous exercise two to four times per week, will give a 7.4% reduction over the same time period.
Therefore to get 10 grams of fiber a day, the study team suggested you should be eating two small apples, one cup of green peas, and one-half cup of pinto beans daily. That is not difficult to do, right?
However the researchers said that, though there is growing proof that eating more soluble fiber and increasing exercise reduces visceral or belly fat, they still don't know exactly how it works. They did give this health advice because a few simple changes can have a big health effect rather than doing nothing at all.
Again here’s what you’re going to do, keep your weight right by adding these three sources of soluble fiber to your daily diet and these are of course the ever nutritious vegetables, fruit and beans. These not only help shed some pounds, they could also be helping to shield yourself from a life-threatening disease.