I have seen many patients whose body shape otherwise is
normal, but their belly fat is more. So, what do they do?
They hide their belly fat by wearing different
broad and tight belt around their waist- so called- slimming belt,
belly shaper belt, etc. or may be a tummy tucker undergarment. All these
fancy items are for temporary effects.
First let us understand what is belly fat and risk associated with it.
- Belly fat means more fats around your main organs like liver,
kidney, stomach, spleen etc.
- Because of this fat, these organs can not function
up to their full potential.
This increases the risk of many serious diseases like:
- Cardiovascular diseases like heart attack & stroke
- Diabetes mellitus
- High blood pressure
- Elevated blood triglycerides
- Low level of HDL ( good cholesterol)
How did your body accumulate that belly (visceral) fat?
- Habit of eating when you are not hungry-
Late night munching is common habit. You must
follow this rule of “eat only when hungry’. This will help you to
stay away from those extra calories & increasing your
- Consuming food that is difficult to digest like junk food-
Eating outside food or eating food made out of maida, unhealthy fats,
etc. has become fashion today. Eating outside junk food can be an
occasional treat and not your daily or every weekend habit of eating it.
- Consumption of sugar sweetened beverages-
With junk food you drink soft drinks thinking
that it will digest your food easily. But believe me, that make
your digestion even weaker. This will simply add more calories.
- Physical inactivity-
Due to your fast lifestyle you don’t have
time for any physical activity. Even for your
routine household works you have maids. So, there is zero
physical activity. Doing regular 45 minutes of any exercise will
help you in avoiding deposition of belly fats. Along with this,
daily exercise also helps to maintain your normal body functions.
- Change in your intestinal bacteria (gut flora)-
Eating unhealthy junk food & sugar sweetened beverages
destroy your good intestinal bacteria. This leads to deficiency
of certain nutrients leading to malabsorption of your macro nutrients.
To increase your intestinal good bacteria, you need to
eat adequate amount of fiber rich food, 4—5 serving
of raw veggies & fruits. And of course, you need to avoid
junk food & sugar sweetened beverages.
Unhealthy lifestyle is the curse of modern generation.
Why wait till it is too late?
Start living a healthy lifestyle from today itself!
Consult your qualified dietitian today. She will
prescribe you a balanced diet that is both healthy and tasty!
That’s all for today
See you next Tuesday with another Tuesday tip.
Till then, take care.
Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life
Dr Bhumita Makwana
Your Dietitian & Homoeopathic physician