Belly Fat: The Health Risks You Didn’t Know About

We all know that belly fat is not a good look, but what you may not know is that it can also be dangerous to your health. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the health risks associated with excess belly fat and discuss how you can start to lose weight and get rid of those love handles for good. So if you’re concerned about your health, read on for more information about belly fat and its risks. 

A cycle of fat deposits, inflammation, and diseases


“Oh, I’m very healthy. Just a little bit fat here.” I hear this from people a lot of times. Too much belly fat can lead to health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.


Fat is an inflammatory organ therefore too much of it increases inflammation. Fat around your belly only deposits when your body is metabolically unstable. Unstable metabolism happens due to insulin resistance. This can also root in caloric or hormonal imbalance. it will deposit fat around your belly.


Sometimes when we feel out of balance, our body fat can start to deposit itself in different places. You may find that your love handles or stomach is now also adding weight onto other parts, such as thighs for example.


When you’re heavy with belly fat, it’s easy for your body to be in constant inflammation. This sends out an inflammatory signal that works like a seemingly endless cycle – imbalance hormones further and creating more issues down the line.


Cholesterol and Triglycerides 


Belly fat is more than just a cosmetic issue. It’s also linked to higher levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. What’s more, belly fat is usually a sign of insulin resistance, which means your body isn’t able to effectively use the hormone insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. This can lead to type 2 diabetes.




Belly fat also puts you at risk for several serious health problems, including cancer. That’s right – too much belly fat can increase your risk of developing cancer. The reason is that belly fat sends inflammatory signals to your body, which imbalances your immune system and disrupts your hormones. This makes it easier for cancer cells to grow and spread. 


Breathing Issues 


You may be experiencing breathing problems because of the extra weight around your belly. The fat puts an added stress on your lungs and diaphragm, which can lead to issues like shortness or difficulty in inhaling deeply for air as well as increased risk factors associated with heart disease. 


Too much belly fat can put added stress on your lungs and diaphragm. This is because this type of thick outpouring tissue surrounds our organs in the abdomen which affects their function. They are not as effective at moving air around as they should be when we breathe deeply enough for oxygen intake or during sleep cycle rest periods where there’s no activity taking place – since these areas don’t receive any blood flow whatsoever.


Painful Joints 


Many people are surprised to learn that extra belly fat can lead to joint pain. This is because inflammation-causing chemicals are stored in fat tissue, and when these chemicals are released into the bloodstream, they can cause inflammation and pain in the joints. In addition, excess belly fat puts added pressure on the spine and other joints, which can also lead to joint pain.


Effective and the Best Ways to Reduce the Risks


There are many ways to lose weight, but not all methods are created equal. f you want to lose belly fat and improve your overall health, you need a comprehensive approach that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise. Simply cutting calories is not enough, as you also need to make sure you’re eating the right kinds of foods. 


That’s where a structured diet comes in. By following a lifestyle diet, you can make sure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs to function properly. In addition, getting customized nutrition from a functional medicine practitioner can help you identify any food sensitivities or other issues that may be contributing to weight gain. Finally, regular exercise is essential for burning calories and reducing belly fat. By taking a holistic approach to weight loss, you can improve your health and reduce your risk of developing obesity-related diseases.


Remember these too: You can lose inches in your gym, but you will lose pounds in your kitchen. Make sure you consult a health professional before starting any weight loss program.


While belly fat is not the only type of fat in your body, it’s the most dangerous. The health risks associated with excess belly fat are serious and should not be ignored. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce these risks. If you’re concerned about your health and would like to discuss how we can help you lose weight and keep it off for good, please schedule a discovery call today. We would be happy to answer any questions you have and help get you started on the path to better health. Thank you for reading! 



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