Weight loss the easy way. Flickr image by Jennifer Morrow.
This message is not just for the ladies, even the guys should pay attention.
I'm sure you have all heard the million reasons why you should lose weight. Blah, blah, blah.
But has anyone actually told you that having a healthy weight, protects your heart from heart failure?
Yep, a recent report that was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Oct 28, 2014) revealed that women who kept their weight within a healthy range, were less likely to have heart failure later on in life.
This is another observation the researchers found from the Women's Health Initiative. The WHI is a study that followed up 84,000 post-menoppausal women over a 10-year span.
This doesn't mean that you should rush to get a gym membership tomorrow or go on some starvation causing diet.
There is an easy method that you give a try, before doing anything drastic. The tip we have for you is something so simple, you will be happy you read this article. If you can swallow, you can give this a try.
What is it?
Start taking probiotics and prebiotics.
You've definitely heard about probiotics but seldom about prebiotics. Prebiotics are non-digestible carbs that allow probiotics (the good bacteria) to grow.
A recent study published in the journal, Nutrient, showed that these good bacteria in the gut are able to burn fat and also improve insulin resistance. So you get a double benefit - weight loss and diabetes shielding.
Make sure that you take probiotics that have a very high level of colony forming units.
Obviously you want to monitor your fat loss progress at home, so here's another tip.
Dump the BMI (body mass index) calculator and switch to the more accurate body fat percentage measurement. This is simply because it's not your weight itself that indicates risk of disease but your body fat levels.
Your weight is made up of your mass of your bones, fat, water, muscles and other tissue. So by going on some crazy diet that makes you lose water, your BMI will show that you are no longer overweight but normal, although your fat content is still the same. The body fat percentage only measures your body fat.
According to the American Council on Exercise, the acceptable level of body fat in women is 25 - 31% and for men 18 - 24%. Above these and you should consider yourself as obese.
One of the easiest and accurate ways of measuring your body fat percentage is using bofy fat or skin-fold calipers. Many fitness centres use this test.
Another great indicator of dangerous body fat, is the fat deposited in your waist. Measuring your waist will indicate if you have central obesity, which is a heart disease magnet. Measure your waist (this is the place below your rib cage and above your belly button) and check against this:
- Men: 37 to 40 inches - overweight. Above 40 is obese.
- Women: 31.5 to 34.6 inches - overweight. Above 34.6 is obese.
Okay, now that you know this life saving information, start melting your fat tomorrow using the super simple probiotic trick.
Let us know what you're experience was with this tip, using the comment box below.