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Butt Fat Or Belly Fat? Which Is Better?

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No woman wants very much body fat anywhere. I don’t think anyone walks around thinking about the safety of fat on particular body parts. Well, the researchers thought about the location of body fat and how safe it is for your body. Hooray! Somebody has to do the dirty work!

According to the International Journal of Obesity (and many other sources), butt fat is healthier than belly fat. Their research shows that belly fat increases risks of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and premature death.

Women tend to carry too much fat on the butt, hips and thighs while men tend to carry too much belly fat. The research showed that women with more butt fat/thigh fat than belly fat have better blood sugar levels, blood fat control and slower fat turnover (prevents inflammation and promotes metabolic health).

So, my challenge to you is to start burning more body fat to make your body healthier. This will give you the best chance to live a longer, healthier life. And, you will have a better self image.

There are no secrets as to how to lean and tone your body.

1. First and foremost, don't ever try a quick weight loss fad diet! If you do, you are setting yourself up to gain more weight than you lose (interpreted yo-yo dieting).

2. Second, adopt the mindset of starting and maintaining healthy eating patterns and exercising regularly. This might sound boring but it will work to lean and tone your body in the long-term.

3. You won't burn your belly fat by doing 1,000 ab curl ups. You will burn your belly fat by eating less foods like sugars, processed foods and saturated fats and eating more foods like fresh fruits, vegetables and lean meats.

4. You will burn more total body fat faster by doing high intensity workouts such as full body circuit weight training, jump training and fast-paced cardio sessions (such as sprint intervals). You don't have to workout this intensely all the time (three to four days a week is plenty). Workout at a slower pace on the other days. Eat right most of the time.

Don’t waste money on fitness gadgets. You don't need them to burn fat and lose weight. And, don't spend any money on fat loss and weight loss pills.

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I love your practical and legitimate advice. It's tiring to hear that such-and-such "program" or "formula" will work and phony testimonials when, as you say, it's a lifestyle filled with healthy foods and moderate (yet challenging) exercise that will keep us trim and fit. I adhere to your advice and like my shape (ok, it's ain't perfect but I still like it!) and feel great!

But we can still live healthfully and enjoy a cookie or pizza or night out on the town. Your way is not an either-or situation. It's just a practical and smart way to live so that we never feel we're on some kind of Diet - we're just living a healthier life. And when professionals explain exercise or nutrition in too much detail or make a science out of it when talking to us "ordinary people" it's a total turn off. You have a great approach!


December 1, 2010 - 1:27pm
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