Your chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes soar when you carry extra weight around your stomach. The question is how much weight around our middle is “extra” and is it possible to lose inches from our waist?
Many people with prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes feel they are not able to lose the weight they carry around their midline. However, this is not true. Anyone can take steps to reduce their waist measurement, and in this article, we will explore why and how losing inches from your waist measurement can help you to lower your blood sugar and reduce your chances of developing Type s diabetes.
Why your waist measurement is so important for your health and wellbeing, even if you are not overweight and your BMI is under 25, your waist measurement can offer critical insights into your risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. The fact is extra weight – specifically around your waistline is an indicator of ill-health.
The slim waist people flaunt in magazines and media is attractive for a reason – it indicates good health. While we all cannot have a 26-inch waist like a supermodel, we can ensure our waist measurement is within a healthy range.
When extra weight is carried around the abdominal area, it can cause inflammation and the build-up of fat around our vital organs. The fat build-up can starve our organs of oxygen and cause the onset of many chronic health conditions including high and unstable blood sugar. Insulin resistance builds up with too many fat stores, and this causes our blood sugar to rise significantly and indicates an increased risk of developing diabetes.
How to lose weight around your waistline. Firstly it is essential to know just how many inches you need to lose from around your abdominal area. Below is an indication of a healthy weight measurement. What is a healthy waist size? To increase overall health and reduce the risk of having raised blood sugar levels you need to aim to have a waist measurement…
- under 88 cm (35 inches) for women, and
- under 102 cm (40 inches) for men.
Tips on losing inches from around your waist. There are four pillars when it comes to losing weight on any part of your body, especially your abdominal area. It will not happen overnight; however, by adjusting these lifestyle factors, you will reduce your waist to a healthy size. The four pillars are…
- stress reduction,
- exercise, and
- healthy eating.
Where to start. Start with creating a plan. It helps to do this with a health professional, a friend or a health coach. Set clear and reasonable goals that suit your circumstances and stick with it.
Choosing to make healthier lifestyle options is the first step to reversing your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes now and in the future!