Your Belt May Tell You More About Your Body Than Your Scale!

Your belt can tell you if you have just too much belly fat. If you belt is greater than 35 inches you need to consider getting medical management. Don't be fooled by getting to your 'goal weight'  or even necessarily your 'BMI' target. We have a lot of nutritional factors that factor into the recommendations, and there is more than the total scale's number to say whether you are healthy. Body fat can be measured more accurately with DXA analysis, but body fat measurements while more accurate than your belt may have some errors to the caclulation. Total body fat, amount of energy and muscle you have at a particular weight, the amount you are hydrated, how constipated you are, all contribute to that number on the scale. So there is a new way to think about your weight: don't ignore the number, but track your belt size if you cannot get a measurement of the actual body fat percentage. Combining a measure of the amount of fat around your midsection or what is known as  central obesity with body-mass index (BMI) is better for assessing mortality risk in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) than using BMI alone, new research shows as reported by the Mayo Clinic's Dr Thais Coutinho.  -increased fat deposits around the waist, especially in relation to the hips--were at highest risk of dying compared with subjects with other adiposity patterns as reported in  February 5, 2013 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. You cannot completely ignore your BMI, however, as it is still a risk factor for having a heart attack, but when it comes to predicting chance of dying, it's those with the belly fat that are at the greatest risk.And those with normal weight, but all their fat in their belly may be at the greatest risk, because they really aren't facing those hard choices to make. Interestingly, women on hormones in menopause may keep their weight on their hips and thus be better off. So the nutrition-longevity issues are fairly complex.

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