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Why Do So Many Indians have Belly Fat?

One thing that all Indians have in common: belly fat. No matter what age or gender, you will see majority of Indians thin all over expect for a bulging belly. Do you know why fat gets accumulate on belly?
Women have more subcutaneous fat (the kind under the skin) than men, so those extra fat calories tend to be deposited in their arms, thighs, and buttocks, as well as their bellies. Because men have less subcutaneous fat, they store more in their bellies.
There can also be numerous reasons why the Indians have pot bellies. Let’s talk about them.

1. Genetics

Every individual has its own body composition. There are generally 2 types of body shape i.e. apple shape and pear shape. So, men who have pot bellies generally come under the category of apple shape type. The apple shape reflects more waist circumference ratio than hip that’s why men generally develop apple shape body. There is also a possibility that men who are having pot bellies must be having the family members with the same body type. So, one of the reason for developing pot bellies in Indians can be genes.

2. Diet and lifestyle

Diet is also one of the major factors that lead to pot bellies. The food high in fat and sugary products needs to be avoided on daily basis. As we know that most the people are leading sedentary lifestyle as well as stressful life. Stress releases a hormone called cortisol which leads to binge eating and results in the accumulation of fats which is stored in the abdomen as belly fat. So, all the factors affect the body shape. In order to get rid of pot bellies, one should try to avoid excessive consumption of fried products, should do some kind of physical activity on daily routine and also keep the stress at normal phase.

3. Alcohol and Smoking

Drinking and smoking is not at all good for health. Both of these factors can develop pot bellies in most of the Indians. Smoking increases the male hormones and due to which there is an increase in visceral fat. Any kind of alcohol drink also leads to more fat accumulation on belly.

It is also important for us to know that pot bellies also triggers certain hidden problems which can affect our health. To avoid this situation, people should follow balanced meals and exercise regime in your daily routine and keep the stress levels at normal level.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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Being Thin Does Not Mean Being Healthy

Increased body fat percentage and being overweight result in lifestyle disorders that cause heart disease, hypothyroid, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Excessive saturated fat consumption increases the cholesterol levels in the body. Certain types of fat are bad for health and some are  equally important which are commonly referred to us essential fat without which the body will fail to absorb and process nutrition in the body. Read here to know more about this.

The distribution of fat varies between gentics and gender. Women tend to store more subcutaneous fat which is under their skin. Distribution of fat in women is generally in their hips and thighs area while men tend to store more fat in the middle area or the abdomen. Once the person enters adolescence the fat cells don’t increase in number instead they only increase or decrease in size. Its the male and female hormone that decide the fat deposit destination in the body. For example women with big bellies are considered  to have higher levels of testosterone ( male hormone) in their system that causes fat accumulation on the stomach. While if men have large hips its due to the high levels of estrogen (female hormone) in that body part.

We presume that fat people are more prone to metabolic disorder ( also known as lifestyle disorders) but a study by Ruth Loos at the Medical Research Council in the U.K. found that lean people with a specific genetic variant were equally at risk of diabetes, heart disease even though the reports confirmed lower fat percentage in the body. (more…)

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo