If it is bad for our health, why do we drink so many sugary beverages?
Analysis of the Framingham Heart Study has found those drinking sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) had more belly fat than those not drinking SSBs. Yet the industry continues to supply the market with large quantities of this liquid candy because of a steady stream of customers who buy it! For a different perspective and a good laugh, watch If Soda Commercials Were Honest!
PositiveTip: If you don't buy and drink belly-fat inducing SSBs they will not have any impact on you!
Belly fat again appears to be more lethal than other types of fat.
A prospective study of more than 5000 men and women linked larger amounts of visceral (belly) fat to greater risks for cardiovascular disease and cancer. This finding remained after controlling for standard risk factors. Each standard deviation increase in belly fat resulted in a 44% increased risk for heart disease and a 43% increased risk of cancer. Visceral fat may increase inflammatory factors and alter systemic hormonal patterns to increase risks.
PositiveTip: In this age of obesity, it is still good advice to stay slim and trim.
Soluble fiber and exercise appears to slow belly fat accumulation
Belly fat or visceral fat increases the risk of future impaired glucose tolerance and type 2 diabetes. Studying African and Hispanic Americans researchers found that for every 10 grams of soluble fiber eaten daily, there was a decrease in visceral fat of 3.7% per five years while moderate exercise reduced the rate of visceral fat accumulation by 7.4% and subcutaneous fat by 3.6%.
PositiveTip: Increase your soluble fiber intakes by eating more fruits, vegetables, and legumes--and when you exercise wear a pedometer and aim for 10,000 per day.