Fat around the middle?

The Journal
United Kingdom

by Katherine Neal
August 23, 2008

ARE you noticing more fat around your middle with each passing year? Now some of this fat may be dictated by the genes you inherit. But how you live and changes that your body goes through as you age also have a major role to play.

Hormonal fluctuations that can start in a woman’s mid-to late-30s are often accompanied by an increase in waist size. Too much stress, too little sleep and eating the wrong foods can also contribute. More active people are also more likely to be leaner all over.

If you are more prone to be apple rather than pear shaped, you’ll know how difficult it can be to keep slim.

The main reason some people gather more fat around their middle is specifically because of stress hormones in the body. Millions of yeas ago the human race were designed to react quickly to danger. We were on constant alert to protect ourselves from threats so we could run or fight if required.

When your brain thinks your life is in danger it stimulates the release of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. This provides us with instant energy to react to our dangerous situation. In today’s world, however, stress takes a different form, we rarely need to run or fight, so the instant energy our body has supplied us with is deposited as fat. The reason fat targets the middle is because it is close to the liver where it can most quickly be converted back into energy.

So what can be done?

Be aware of dieting. There is a chance that your pattern of eating is subconsciously telling your body that it is under stress. If you restrict your diet or cut calories too much your body thinks there is a famine, which causes stress. It will slow down your metabolism to reserve your fat stores. Furthermore, if your blood sugar levels fluctuate too much, your body will be releasing adrenaline, which is the same hormone it releases when you are under stress – encouraging your body to store fat round the middle.

The solutions – opt for a healthy diet that tells your body all is well and doesn’t create stress.

For a nutritional consultation to help reduce your fat around the middle contact Katherine Neal Nutritional Therapist (0191) 215-9292 or e-mail at info@nutritionalknowhow.com, www.nutritionalknowhow.com

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.