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Are you at risk? Measure your waistline!

Waist circumference is a very practical tool to assess the risk of developing various diseases. Contrary to the body mass index, which only calculates the ratio between height and weight, waist circumference can verify where fat is accumulating. It is important to take this measurement, because the fat located around the abdomen is far more harmful to health, especially “visceral” fat, located near the internal organs.

The National Health, Lung and Blood Institute states that a waist larger than 94 cm (about 38 inches) for men and 80 cm (about 32 inches) for women poses high risks of developing various diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, high blood pressure, and even some cancers. It is however interesting to know that reducing your waistline by a mere 5 cm can significantly lower risks for these diseases. I invite you to measure your waistline, you could be surprised!

To lose abdominal fat, it is necessary to combine cardiovascular exercise and a healthy nutrition. This means doing more moderate intensity cardio work, and eating quality foods in adequate quantities. You will not lose this layer of fat only by performing sit-ups… You have to do cardio to burn this fat! The good news is that during a weight loss process that combines a healthy nutrition and exercise, the body will have the tendency to use “visceral” fat for energy. This is encouraging!

Use your waistline measurement to assess your progression, instead of relying only on your weight on the balance. To measure your circumference, place the measuring tape on your navel, and make sure to take the measurement at the same place every time for a standardized test. So go get your running shoes, vegetables, and measuring tapes!

I also invite you to watch my presentation during the show “Ça commence bien” on V télé (French only)!

Karine Larose, M.Sc.

Karine Larose is a kinesiologist, Director of Marketing and Communications and Spokesperson for Nautilus Plus who specializes in fitness motivation. She authored The Guide to Healthier Living, penned the book 10-4 The Healthy Way to Lose 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks and released her third work called Zero Diet: Delicious and Healthy Recipes for Success, all by Les Éditions du TRÉCARRÉ. Karine has launched a series of exercise DVDs entitled 30 minutes par jour pour Vivre Plus and is featured on the ULTIME FIT online platform. Many TV shows and radio stations regularly request Karine’s point of view on physical exercise issues and points of interest.

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