Have you ever tried to lose that stubborn fat around the waist? I’m sure you have. We all have at one time or another. Some try to work out, run 5 miles every day, or go through crash diet after crash diet for rapid fat loss only to realize that the jiggling belly is still there. Many people give up on their gym memberships or diets all together and try to comfort themselves with even more food.
Why bother making all of these efforts if it’s not working or if the effect is only temporary? Right?
So, if diet and exercise are not enough, what is it that might help us stay fit? Is there a secret that some people know but the majority do not?
In fact, most people have no idea that there is a difference between overall obesity and abdominal obesity.
As it turns out, recent research studies have revealed that the main reason behind the belly fat loss diet failure is its connection to chronic stress.
Why does it matter to know this?
Some would argue that there is nothing wrong with having a “cute tummy”. In some cultures it is even a sign of wealth and prosperity. Truth is that not all fat in the body has the same function. The fat accumulated around the waist is the one directly related to stress.
It is also the worst type of fat for your health because of the active chemicals released by its cells. Hence, large waist has been linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, insomnia, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, some types of cancers and early death. It doesn’t sound like a “cute little tummy” any more, does it?
If you are over 50 and considered a baby boomer (people born between 1946-1964), you may have a particularly stressful lifestyle taking care of aging parents, children or even grandchildren. You may experience the empty nest syndrome when children are out on their own and the home is so quiet.
There are 78 million baby boomers in the US and half of them are going through some form of midlife crisis, career changes or retirement. Also, it would be a safe bet to say that the majority of baby boomers are going through financial tourmoil. Simply put, there is no other generation that has so many sources of chronic stress as a common denominator than the baby boomer generation.
But let’s not forget that this is also a generation of go-getters and super-achievers. Once a problem is clearly stated the next thing they want to know is "How do we fix this?”
Life is often unpredictable and there will always be stressful events. This website aims at identifying the effects of stress on health, evaluates sources of stress for people over 50 and provides great tips to balance your day-to-day stress and stay healthy.