Beat Belly Fat: 5 Research-Proven Ways to Trim Inches From Your Middle
Americans' waistlines are expanding at an alarming rate! Dietitian Julie Upton, MS, RD, of Appetite for Health, has five research-proven ways to trim inches from your middle.
Women's waistlines have increased a whopping 1.5 inches in just over a decade, according to recent research published in JAMA. What's more, waistlines of women in their 40s expanded some 2.5 inches during the study period. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used national surveillance data of more than 32,000 US men and women from 1999 to 2012 for their findings. The results are worrisome because reams of research reveal that larger waistlines equal shorter lifespans.
Waist circumference is a measure of belly fat, including the deep visceral fat that is linked to increased risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, asthma, breast cancer, and much more. If your waistline measures 35 inches or greater, you're considered "abdominally obese," even if you're not overweight or obese based on a scale or BMI measures. An ideal waistline for women is up to 32 inches.
How to Whittle Your Middle
Losing love handles comes down to the quantity and quality of the calories in your diet. Research also suggests more sleep and managing stress can help, too.
Here are five research-backed ways to help you trim inches from your waistline: