Cinnamon-scented apple crisp; roast turkey and tasty accompaniments; sumptuous sips of valley vino…It's harvest time and a table bursting with plenty beckons hearts filled with gratitude, but a bountiful belly is nothing to celebrate.
Belly fat is bad—no two ways about it. In fact, experts suggest carrying extra girth puts us at increased risk for multiple diseases.
We at Okanagan Woman love our food but we value our health so we talked to a couple of medical experts for some tips on how to beat the bulge.
Diet, Exercise—and CoolSculpting—for a Beautiful Belly
Mandy Wong is a General Practitioner who has spent the last fifteen years focusing on varicose veins, which led to working with lasers, including cutaneous lasers, or ones that deal with skin.
With a Masters Degree in skin cancer, Dr. Wong is right at home in the Okanagan, where our hot summers and outdoor lifestyle go hand in suntanned hand with skin cancer.
“Cosmetics was never my initial intention,” Dr. Wong admits, “but if you care about your skin and veins, you care about how you look.”
Founder of Restore Vein and Skin Centre in Kelowna, Dr. Wong also sees a lot of patients looking to lose belly fat—and chin fat and bra fat, and how about knee fat?
As we know, the most dangerous area to carry extra fat is the stomach. The bottom (or middle) line is this: your waist should not be larger than your hips. Experts suggest women’s waists should measure under 35 inches; men’s less than 40.
A 2014 Mayo Clinic study showed men and women with a large waist circumference are more likely to die of heart disease, respiratory problems, and cancer than those who are slimmer around the middle—even if those apple-shaped folks had a normal body-mass index, proving it’s not just what you weigh, but where you carry that weight.
You know that fat you can grab and hold (they're called love handles for a reason), that's subcutaneous fat better known as visceral fat in the belly. It accumulates in the spaces around your viscera: internal organs like your stomach and intestines. This kind of