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The Size of your Waistline

The Size of your Waistline

The size of your waistline is an indicator for cardiovascular diseases and health issues.

According to a Nurses’ Health Study, people with a larger waistline size are in a higher risk of dying prematurely, or dying from heart disease, or cancer.

Types of fat in the waistline

There are two types of fat, the subcutaneous and the visceral fat.

The subcutaneous fat is localized under your skin and on top of the muscles. This fat is benign.

The visceral fat is the fat accumulated around your vital abdominal organs. For instance, the visceral fat produces an imbalance in the cholesterol levels.  As a result, the harmful cholesterol (LDL) increases,  the good cholesterol (HDL) decreased and a risk for heart diseases increase.

The visceral fat predisposes the body to inflammation, heart disease, some types of cancer, and diabetes.

How do you know the right size of your waistline?

According to the National Institute of Health a warning sign for an unhealthy waistline is at 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men.

How can you measure your waistline?

You will need a tape measure

Put the tape measure around your waist

Above your hips and below your bellybutton

Inhale deep, exhale and measure

The measure tape should not compress the skin

Healthy tips to reduce your waistline

A combination of hypopressives, healthy eating habits, regular exercise, good sleep, and less stress are very effective in reducing your waistline