Obesity – Is it Preventable or Reversible?
Not all obesity is created equal. Though we would ideally like to be neither, there is a more serious health concern associated if you have the one where fat is distributed around the core abdominal region.
There are two types of obesity — Android and Gynoid. The differences have to do with how fat is distributed through your body. In someone who is predisposed to android obesity, or an ‘apple’ body shape, fat storage is more prone in the areas around the abdomen. Due to the fact that more fat is being stored in and around the vital organs in the trunk area, this type of obesity is associated with an increased risk for metabolic and cardiac health conditions like:
- Metabolic syndrome
- Coronary heart disease
- …to name a few.
Gynoid obesity, on the other hand, is characterized by a ‘pear’ body shape from increased fat storage in the hips and thighs. Though less risky than android obesity, gynoid obesity can still be a threat to long term health.
As you have probably heard, it is important that your emphasis be on living a well-rounded and well-balanced life. What does that mean?! When you make consistent efforts to commit to good health, things like fat loss and weight loss can’t help but fall into place in the process anyway, so they need not be your primary focus.
The good thing is that all types of obesity are preventable with the right attention to your health habits.
Consider these tips that we guide our clients through to keep body fat off so that you can stay healthy and energized for all that life has to offer. We realize it would be challenging to do everything at once, so choose one at a time to master, then move on to the next!
- Consume a metabolically efficient diet to ensure efficient fat burn
- Eliminate consumption of high-sugar, high-fat, highly processed foods
- Limit intake of simple carbohydrates that will quickly convert into fat if not expended immediately
- Eat foods high in fiber to slow digestion and increase feelings of satiety between meals
- Exercise regularly, at least 150 minutes every week, combining cardiovascular and strength-based exercise to keep fat burning potential at its best
- Work with a trainer to design a workout plan that is specifically tailored to address your body type, your health needs, and your goals
The good news is that prioritizing and making actions for the benefit of your long term health will also make you a better version of yourself TODAY!
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