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post #16 of 25
http://edition.cnn.com/2003/HEALTH/d....obesity.reut/

Asian bellies add to obesity woes
Monday, March 17, 2003 Posted: 0330 GMT (11:30 AM HKT)

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Medical experts have called for a new assessment of how weight-related health risks in Asians are measured which could push up the number of overweight and obese people worldwide to 1.7 billion.

The new figure, which would be 50 percent higher than the current estimate -- is based on recommendations to lower the threshold for Asians because of their special vulnerability to weight-related disorders.

Professor Philip James, the chairman of the London-based International Obesity TaskForce (IOTF), said the global standard for measuring overweight/obesity, the Body Mass Index (BMI), is based on western criteria and needs to be adjusted for Asians.

"The point of reducing the values is that it will be an altering point which you give to both the public and doctors," James said in an interview.

BMI is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters squared. In the west a BMI of 23-24 is normal.

Health experts have suggested a lower BMI scale for Asians because of evidence showing their risk of obesity-related diseases such as high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol and developing diabetes rises if their BMI is more than 23.

By lowering the threshold doctors will become aware of potential risks and will be more likely to advise patients to take measures to reduce their weight.

"There is a wide spectrum of risk factors related to obesity, which when viewed as a whole, have a tremendous impact on health," said James.

Pot Bellies


People get too fat when they eat too much and don't get enough exercise.

Obesity is caused by the body's inability to balance energy intake and energy expenditure. People eat too much and do not exercise enough.

A BMI of more than 30 indicates obesity but where the excess fat is accumulating is also important. Abdominal obesity, the accumulation of fat in the stomach area, is a problem in Asia and poses more health risks than fat in the thighs and legs.

So an individual can be quite compact but still suffer the weight-related health risks if all of the fat is centered on the abdomen, the classic pot belly.

"The problem of abdominal obesity seems to be particularly marked in Asia. In other words you can be relatively, modestly plump but you selectively accumulate the fat in the abdomen," James explained. "When it is there it amplifies the risk."

James and members of a World Health Organization expert group are calling for the WHO to do a formal assessment of how the criteria work in different societies. Lowering the benchmark would add another half billion to current estimates of the world's overweight population.

James warned that the impact on health of the escalating obesity epidemic could overtake that of tobacco. Obesity is linked to an increased risk of suffering heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and psychological problems.

"It is clear that extreme forms of obesity are rising even faster than the overall epidemic and we are witnessing a real health tragedy unfolding," he said.
post #17 of 25
It may be your cortisol hormone counteracting your insulin thus making you gain belly fat or it may just be your genes.

Lift weights, cut out processed carbs and eat carbs with low glycemic index, eat more protein and rest. If you don't lose the belly at the very least you will gain some muscles that will make your body look more proportional.
post #18 of 25
No question in my mind that the best thing to do to lose bellyfat is the south beach diet. I lost 60 lbs and have successfully kept the weight off. It is not so much a diet as a complete overhaul of eating choices- a lifestyle change. Whole grains, vegetables, protein, no white sugar or flour, and frequent small meals.
post #19 of 25
Just embrace it: www.bigguts.com
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by JLay87 View Post
If your waist is large due to fat then ab workouts will help little. It is not possible to target one area of your body for fat loss. Your body prioritizes and stores fat in a genetically predetermined manner, and so you will also lose body fat in a predetermined manner. If you would like to lose fat then you are going to have to increase your cardio and tailor your diet for this to happen.

Do 30-45 minutes of cardio on the elliptical 5 days a week after waking up in the morning and before your first meal.

As for your diet, just eat healthy. Replace white bread and other simple carbohydrate sources with whole grain and complex carbohydrates. Cut down on any foods high in simple carbohydrates and/or saturated fat. If you drink soda then switch to diet or cut it out completely.

Simple carbohydrates are processed quickly by your body which results in a spike in blood pressure, an increased load on your metabolism and also means that you will get hungry faster. Complex carbohydrates take longer for your body to process and so you will feel full longer. This also applies to foods high in fiber. Increasing your water intake will also help you feel full longer and will help hydrate you.

If necessary, avoid drinks that contain caffeine as these speed up your metabolism and also cause you to crash.

Good advice.

Eating low glycimic foods are also a good way to speed up the fat loss process.
post #21 of 25
If you have stomach fat and you do stomach exercises without burning the fat, your stomach will just get larger and you will look fatter. There is a lot of strength training you can do that exercises your core muscles without necessarily concentrating on those muscles. In any event, situps, etc, to lose belly fat is the wrong approach. You dont get a sixpack by gaining muscle, you get it by losing fat.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Monaco View Post
some questions for you,
how often do you poop?
what are the foods you eat? and where do they come from?

You might be suffering from food intolerances but I believe you're experiencing hormonal and gastro-intestinal stress meaning you have to balance out your life and do the 'right things'

First of all, you need to sleep earlier (10-6 is optimal as 10-2am = physical repair and 2-6am = neural repair). Believe it or not, this helps to balance out many irregularities in your body.

Second of all, I would suggest to lay off simple sugars (fruit) for a bit and remove processed sugars (table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and zero calorie sweetners).

third, cut out overly processed oils like vegetable, cottonseed, canola, and replace with pure virgin coconut oil

fourth, cut out overly processed foods like most commercial pre-packaged foods like breads, microwave dinners, pre-packged foods, pancake mixes, and fake drinks (soda, sunny d), etc..etc...

In the end, it is all about balance and eating natural/whole foods.

WoW! Great advise, THANK YOU!

To answer your questions, I poop EVERYDAY. ONCE a day to be more specific. In fact, I NEVER experienced constipation in my entire life. Thanks god for that, I know some people who had it told me that it felt like stuck in hell.

However, I do eat mix of good stuff and bad stuff. It depends mostly what goes on sales when I do grocery shopping. For example, if I see that loaf of bread is on sales, I'd choose to buy 100% whole wheat instead of the regular ones OR if milks is NOT on sales, I'd buy skim milk over vitamin D milk. Well, as I said, I also bad stuff such as frozen food because I don't cook well and the house where I currently stay does not have dishwasher installed so I hate doing a lot of dishes.

I am ALWAYS confused when people say to me that I should sleep at least eight hours. They never said what time to go to sleep specifically so I always to bed around 1.00 AM then get up around 10.00 AM. or earlier. I have not waken up after 10.00 AM for years now for some reasons even when I went to bed after 1.00 AM. It's very strange.

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Feel your stomach area, is it soft and you have a lot of fat or does it not have much fat? If it doesn't have much fat there, then make sure you don't have some internal issues.

Otherwise try to strengthen your lower abs region. When you stand up flex you abs but don't suck it in. This will keep your stomach in. Will be hard a first but will you get used to it over time and it will be natural.

Honestly, I rather gain weight because I look very skinny. It's just my stomach areas that grows bigger out of proportion. If I lose any more weight, I'd look even more limpy. NO GUYS in this world wants to be looked limpy. They would lose all of their self-esteem.

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At 5'7 and 133 you are on the low side of weight for your height and if you do have belly fat then I would be concerned about your health. You need to develop muscle this will also help you burn off your fat. If you focus only on loosing the fat I would think you would end up being too skinny or if you react poorly to the stress of increased exercise it may just be worse for your body.

Many people who are skinny-fat have digestive and hormonal problems. Not that these are things you have done by choice but you may have to work with them. Stress can be a big part of the problem as well. You may have to look at your whole life as part of the problem but it's also the solution.

Instead of focussing on a particular thing like weight or fat try to make a goal of building a healthy body.
If you are a person who reacts poorly to stress definitely look at learning to cope with it.

Yes, I do stress out because I'm lonely. I find it very difficult to make friends here in the US so I tend to be a loner most of the time. However, I tried to find something to entertain me such as watching late night comedy shows such as J. Leno, J. Kimmel, D. Letterman, or C. Ferguson shows. I tried to keep in touch with my friends who live far away from me by talking to them on the phone.

However, I do admit that I'm pretty lonely and it gets pretty stressful.
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Kiwi Man View Post
Honestly, I rather gain weight because I look very skinny. It's just my stomach areas that grows bigger out of proportion.

Genetically, you've been dealt a bad card. It's not the worst card in the deck, but it's not a great one, either. You store fat at your belly. Unfortunately, that location is highly visible and associated with health risks. It's hard to diet your way out of skinny fat. Your metabolism will decrease itself to match the diet and you'll lose calorie burning muscle weight along with fat weight.

Lift weights, gain muscle, lose fat.

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post #24 of 25
My body tends toward skinny-fat if left unattended, so I feel your pain. Best thing you can do is get on a decent lifting program. This will add musculature to your arms, back, chest, and shoulders, helping to balance out the proportions of your body. The added muscle will also rev up your metabolism.

Get yourself checked out for testosterone counts, too. Mine checked out normal, but sometimes skinny-fat can be correlated with low t-counts or high estrogen/progesterone counts. Or some other endocrine disorder.

Cortisol plays a role in storing belly fat, but its role has been greatly exagerrated by the media and by companies attempting to peddle pill-based solutions.

Finally, the advice to eat cleanly, drink a lot of water, do some cardio, and get adequate sleep is all great advice. Particularly the sleep advice. I cut down significantly on my belly fat storage when I started getting a decent amount of sleep. It's remarkable how it works.
post #25 of 25
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