What part of weight growth do you initially notice? The body regions that gain the most weight can provide some interesting insights about your health. EverydayHealth reports that several recent studies have connected specific health issues with the areas of your body where you prefer to accumulate extra fat.
Blast that spare tire
You may have heard that if your body is apple-shaped, or if your weight is carried in the shape of a stomach tire, you run a higher risk of getting diabetes and having a heart attack. But before you conclude that you are doomed, be aware that fresh research has challenged this hypothesis. Following more than 220,000 people for 10 years, researchers at Cambridge University in the UK came to the conclusion that waist circumference was no more predictive of future heart attacks than any other fat measurement. No matter how it is assessed, fat is still hazardous for your heart, according to the study, so you should aim to lose it.
To do: Research has shown that while sit-ups and other ab exercises can assist develop muscle, aerobics is the most efficient approach to reduce abdominal fat.
It might be time to accept your booty if your trunk contains a little extra clutter. According to a study done at Oxford University, having an apple bottom may help you avoid developing diabetes and heart disease. The theory is that fatty acids from the foods you eat are trapped by lower-body fat in your thighs, hips, and buttocks, preventing them from floating through your bloodstream and getting deposited in organs where they can cause damage. According to the researchers, fat in your lower body may also release more hormones that are helpful, whereas fat in your upper body may promote the release of chemicals that can lead to unfavorable inflammation.
To do: Squats, leg presses, leg curls, and calf raises should all be incorporated into your lower body strength training program.
According to a recent study, having a little extra padding on your hips may contribute to menopausal “fog”. Nearly 8,750 postmenopausal women between the ages of 65 and 79 had their body types and results from memory tests evaluated by researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago for the study. Women with pear-shaped bodies, or those who carried extra weight in their hips, performed worse than those with apple bodies. For any potential connection to be explained, more study is necessary.
To do: The only effective strategy to remove weight from your hips is to drop weight overall. Your face and neck are likely to lose weight first, but as you lose weight, you’ll also notice that your hips are losing fat (and other body parts).
Danish researchers discovered that the risk for heart disease and early death increases with a person’s thigh thickness. Over 2,800 males and females between the ages of 35 and 65 were monitored by the researchers for an average of 12.5 years. They took measurements of their body composition, including the diameter of their thighs where they connect in the butt. Thinner thighs were associated with an ever higher risk of heart disease, even after other risk factors including smoking, alcohol consumption, high blood pressure, and cholesterol were taken into account by the researchers.
Researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia discovered that heavier legs were associated with better metabolic function and a lower risk of developing diabetes in obese women, but not in men, after examining the body composition of 1,604 adults over 50 who had more fat in their legs but less in their stomachs.
To do: Walking, running, cycling, and swimming are the best cardio exercises for your legs and thighs. Squats, leg presses, leg curls, and calf raises are some of the best strength-training exercises for adding muscle definition.
The healthiest breasts might not be the voluminous ones some women desire. Researchers at Harvard University and the University of Toronto found that a woman’s chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life increases with the size of her chest in a study involving more than 92,000 women. In the study, people who said they had a D cup at age 20 had a roughly threefold increased risk of developing diabetes as they aged.
To do: Strength training your upper back and chest will assist tone the area. Building chest muscle won’t make your breasts smaller. Additionally, when women begin diet and fitness regimens, their breasts frequently lose weight first.
Do you have chubby ankles? That could indeed be fat pressing down on your ankle, but it could also be a symptom of a more serious medical disease. An infection or even a blood clot, which is a significant health risk, could be the cause of enlarged ankles. Exercise can help with impaired circulation, which may be the cause of swollen legs, ankles, and feet.
To do: Consult your doctor to assess the exact nature of the issue and whether losing weight would be beneficial.
Although no studies have looked at the relationship between fat arms and general health, a University College London Medical School study looked at the health effects for males with lean arms but a chubby waist. A lack of muscle can be just as dangerous to one’s health as arm fat, according to British researchers who followed 4,107 men between the ages of 60 and 79 for six years. They discovered that when low mid-arm muscle circumference and high waist circumference were present, mortality rates were higher.
To do: Adopt a regular strength-training schedule that incorporates biceps, triceps, and upper back workouts.
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