Did you know that an average American carries around 30 billion of fat cells and that most of the fat cells are concentrated on the belly? Fat cells do not just expand your girth, it can cause chronic diseases by disrupting various biological processes. In many ways, a defined waistline is indicative of better health. When you are in control of your body, you are in control of your health. Below are reasons why you should lose the belly fat starting now:
Belly Fat Shortens Your Lifespan
Studies show that there is a link between chronic diseases and a large waistline. According to the National Institutes of Health, men with 40 inches of waistline increases their risk of heart disease and diabetes. Although having washboard abs won’t guarantee perfect health, losing body fat can decrease the risk of countless diseases. The World Health Organization estimates that people who die from kidney disease, cancer, and digestive disorders tend to have a larger waistline. People who live a sedentary lifestyle are in danger of developing life-threatening diseases because of the high number of fat cells in the body.
Dampens Your Sex Life
Strong abdominal muscles are key to better sex life. A bloated belly will affect your performance during sexual intercourse, causing dissatisfaction between you and your partner. A leaner midsection reduces the burden on the hips and legs during intercourse, improving strength and stamina. When the belly is in the way of your performance, sex becomes less pleasurable.
Chronic Back Pain
When the belly is too large, the pressure builds up on the spine. A leaner physique helps maintain strong trunk muscles that alleviate common aches and pains. On the other hand, weak abdominal muscles strain the backs of the legs and the spine. This in turn, causes an unstable spine, paving the way to muscle strain, chronic back pain, and serious spinal issues.
Lose the belly and get a good night’s sleep! A fatty belly triggers a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by brief pauses in breathing while sleeping. The pause can last for several seconds to more than a minute!
Although sleep apnea can occur among skinny individuals, overweight people are more prone to this sleeping disorder than those of average weight. People who suffer from sleep apnea end up feeling exhausted and fatigued the next day.
Chronic Joint Pain
Having a large belly means carrying several kilos of extra weight. The joints are exposed to extreme strain each time you take a single step. A fatty belly can trigger hip, knees, and back pain. You might not notice the effects of a beer belly when you’re younger but once you get older, you’ll notice that your joints are starting to weaken. The ankles and feet, in particular, will hurt a lot. Eventually, you won’t be fit enough to complete strenuous activities because of chronic joint pain. We recommend exercising regularly and maintaining your weight now to save yourself from future joint disorders. And it all starts by toning the midsection!