Lets talk about the weight we put on in our midsection. That belly weight or should we come right out and say belly fat. Belly fat is clinically known as abdominal obesity or central obesity. A hard word to use, obesity. We like to say more delicious terms such as pleasingly plump, or have put on a few extra pounds or over weight.

I knew I needed to “lose a few pounds” so everybody does right? Life gets busy and we try to watch what we eat and be over all healthier. I had been losing weight for most of my adult life so I was not a novice to the idea. Then one day I did a body mass test online. How embarrassing, I was considered obese!

OK time to get back to the books and find out what is going on here. Time to get to the bottom (or should I say front) this and do something fast!

One definition of central obesity or belly weight / fat is, the accumulation of abdominal fat resulting in an increase in waist size. OK pretty straight forward right, or is it? Believe it or not the exact cause of central fat / belly fat is not well understood.

Another term for belly fat is visceral fat or organ fat as it is packed in between the internal organs and torso. So the excess of visceral fat / belly fat is known as central obesity, the “pot belly”, “beer belly” effect in which the belly protrudes and may so excessively.

What causes us to put on belly weight? We could say that it is an energy imbalance. We consume more calories than we burn or eliminate. So that belly fat is related to overeating or not enough exercise.

Prescription drugs can also have side effects that lead to central obesity / belly fat. So can food additives such as MSG. I have done a whole study on weight gain and MSG. When I removed it from my diet I lost 20 pounds. You can look up the connection or email me and I can send you my report.

While belly fat / central obesity is obvious by looking at the body it is actually determined by taking waist and hip measurements. This is to determine if it is a true condition of obesity or intestinal bloating and other abdominal conditions. This is not to be confused with body mass index. It is called the waist-hip ratio.

The medical profession sees belly fat as an indicator of health risk. It is statistically associated with heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and other health conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome and glucose intolerance.

That was enough for me to get serious with the loose a few pounds project. I knew I needed help. I had tied many, I mean I tried them all, as far as diet fads and pills and potions over the last 25 years. OOPs! I may be showing my age! Well anyway. Sometimes we need help.

I got more serious with my food choices and educated myself on labels. A good rule for labels, if it has more than a few ingredients such as 4 or 5 and you can not pronounce it, do not eat it! It is not real food and your body knows the difference.

I found some real food programs with some great menus and recipes thatave me a great starting point on my journey to wellness and losing the belly fat.

I learned a lot and found ways to share. I did some seminars and classes and now I am including web pages as resources for my findings and success.

Here is a bit of a advice, never give up on yourself and do not hesitate to try a new or different program if what you are using ins not working. You are worth it! And you will find something that works for you to shed that belly and fat. It may be the program or it may be the right timing for you.

Never Give UP !! What do you have to lose, but your health.

Be Encouraged, Karen Rae