The link between belly fat and heart health has been well established. So instead of presenting you with the science, I’m giving you three tips to reduce belly fat, which will then increase your heart health.
I’m guessing we all know that if you want to have a heart attack, drink a lot of soda, eat French fries, and build your belly fat. Studies show that belly fat, known as visceral fat, is the most dangerous fat of all.
Visceral belly fat secretes inflammatory compounds, and inflammation is associated with heart disease.
If you have excess belly fat, a change is in order. But what to change? Here are three simple steps you can take.
- First, start eating fewer calories than you need by eliminating sugars and foods that come in a bag or a box. Replace them with whole, natural foods, focusing on fruits, vegetables, and raw nuts.
- Second, do short burst exercises focusing on total-body resistance training and interval training. Research shows that interval training is better than long cardio workouts for losing belly fat.
- Third, get social support. You’ll lose more belly fat if you exercise with a friend who is also losing belly fat.
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for women. Anything we can do to prevent it needs to be done!