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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Counting Out Waist Health Inches, Ratio or Volume: It All Relates!

You are picking out that old favorite team gear and now you noticed that you are unable to button your pants as easily? The first clue to your nutritional health is not necessarily your weight. Your weight may not even have fluctuated much, but there it is, the dreaded thicker waist. Just doing a bit less? Having too much wheat based carbs? Eating sugar and forgoing the right fats? Trying the turkey and chicken instead of burgers and steaks?Weight gain in the middle is not good.  As your waist to hip ratio rises, your get thicker in the middle and even if you can button your pants, it's that you are getting that muffin top look. Whether or not you have a good or even relatively healthy 'overweight' BMI, if you have too thick of a waist it is called central obesity,  as measured by waist circumference (men – greater than 40 inches [102 cm]; women – greater than 35 inches [89 cm]). Your BMI is a measurement of your weight to your height, and gaining muscle will adversely affect your BMI even though you may be getting both leaner and more health. Central obesity can be measured by a simple tape around your middle, and that is a good indication of your waist. And some of us then want to  get back to as pecific number, what is your magic number? For your health you probably don't have the same magic number for a healthy waistline as I do, as you may be older or younger or taller, or a different ethnicity. For all of us, improving our waist to hip ratio is important. But even more important is to decrease the fat around our gut! Fat mass gains to the BMI, however are not healthy. And fat added to the abdomen is not good. Just measuring the waist, or measuring how your waist changes relative to your heart has traditionally been a good measure of your heart health.  We know that many of us have a number in mind for our waist measurement, but just having a healthy Waist to hip ratio has been thought of as what we you like to see for the best health. Now there's a new way to measure it called the SAD (sagittal abdominal height) that is a general measurement of the true core fat. You cannot measure this by a tape, you need to measure it in other ways, such as true core measurements with DXA scans that are an accurate way to measure your fat, your muscle, your bone, and let us know exactly what makes up those inches. Let your gyno look at all these measurements, and help you understand if your core is healthy as all these numbers relate! 

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