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The Facts: Belly Fat and Heart Attack

Belly Fat Means Heart Attach - Male Weight LossHeart Attack – is a game stopper for men. A heart attack is like a personal lightning strike early in your life.  The biggest concern of guys is having their lives permanently changed or stopped. Weight loss for males is really about belly fat loss. Belly fat is the first place that men gain weight, and that is a sure indication of your health risk.

In the words of Michael Jensen, M.D., of Mayo Clinic – “People who gain belly fat are at greater risk of serious health problems than are people who accumulate fat in other areas — and men are more likely than women to gain weight around the waist.”

Belly fat is worse than fat in other parts of your body because of its effects on your arteries (based on research by Miina Ohman, MD, PhD and other medical researchers at the University of Michigan).  Belly fat is linked to atherorschlerosis (or hardening of the arteries) which makes heart attacks much more likely.

So, how do you know how much belly fat you actually have?

According to Dr. Jensen, there are a lot of sophisticated ways of testing how much belly fat you carry (body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio), but just measuring your waist is the easiest way to go.  So, here’s how to measure your waist:

  1. Put a tape measure around your bare belly just above where you can feel your hipbone.
  2. Pull the tape snug around your belly without being tight (there should be no tension on the tape).
  3. Makes sure the tape is level all around (use a mirror, if you need it).
  4. Relax, breathe naturally and do not suck in your gut.
  5. Read the number on the tape.

Heart attacks are much more prevalent for waist sizes above 40″ (or 102 centimeters). If you are at that number or beyond, you are at a significantly higher risk of a heart attack.  Exercise is a MUST for getting rid of belly fat. As usual, this must be done under medical guidance, because you do not want to put yourself at greater risk by reckless activity.

You’ve got to get the belly fat under control before it is too late.

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