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Dangerous Fat: Tahoe Truckee, ditch the love handles and muffin tops

Kellee Rutley, DC
Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Love handles, muffin top: It is amazing how many cute terms of endearment we assign to our expanding waistlines, also known as abdominal fat. Perhaps we seek to make ourselves feel better about what we believe is an inevitable sign of the normal aging process. Donand#8217;t get me wrong and#8230; I was one of those who referred to my own jelly rolls as my and#8220;doubletand#8221; (double in French) muffin top, thinking an exotic European name might make it easier to cope. Besides, I was not in denial or shy about it and it made my family laugh. I guess it made it easier for us all to cope with something obviously painful underneath the giggles. After all, my waistline looked pretty much like many of my friends: Not a huge deal, a little more than last year, and the year before.

When my 9-year old walked up behind me and grabbed my and#8220;love handlesand#8221; and said and#8220;Itand#8217;s cute, Momand#8221; I almost allowed myself to believe it! After all, I, like many of you, am a very active mother and professional, and had been trying to vigorously exercise it away, and#8220;cleanseand#8221; it away, sweat and cut calories it away and even give in to it, and#8220;embrace itand#8221; and accept it as my new, middle-aged self.

Belly fat facts

This is an all-too-common story. Belly fat is not harmless. It is potentially deadly for both women and men. Now you can get rid of it, once and for all.

Here are the facts about belly fat. It increases your risk for breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, gallbladder problems, hypertension and colorectal cancer. This is the short list, since researches are linking obesity to more dangerous health conditions every day. Abdominal fat is more than just unsightly. In our office we now refer to it as the and#8220;third ovary.and#8221; This type of fat is often not visible to the eye, but wraps around internal organs. Some fat cells will start behaving like active glands, producing hormones that promote insulin resistance and estrogen in menopausal women. Making matters even worse, the more body fat you have, the higher your levels of a natural chemical known as SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin). SHBG binds to the sex hormone testosterone, making less testosterone available to stimulate sexual desire.

If you have been, like I have, exercising, eating organic and healthy foods, and you still arenand#8217;t losing that body fat, consider resting your pancreas by cutting out complex and simple carbohydrates (sugar, bagels, pasta and rice) and increasing your quality protein intake with organic lean fish, chicken and meat to maintain muscle mass while you burn fat. Divide your current body weight in half to determine your needed grams of protein, with more if you are an athlete. As long as your body has blood glucose and stored glycogen to use as fuel, it will never tap into stored body fat as energy. Your body stores enough glycogen to last an entire marathon, so avoid the high carb fruit smoothy after a workout and go for protein instead.

Obesity in America has spiraled out of control, and according to the Center for Disease Control, one third of American adults are hypertensive and 67 percent are obese. Letand#8217;s wage war on the love handles and muffin tops. By using these simple principles begin the battle in your own kitchen. To read about how our and#8220;weight loss teamand#8221; is losing body fat and inches, visit our blog site, Love Handles and Muffin Tops at http://weightlosslaketahoe.blogspot.com and attend the Feb. 28 Ideal Protein Night Out meeting in Kings Beach.

WHEN: Feb. 28, 6 p.m.

WHERE: North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, CA

WHAT: Weight Loss Lake Tahoe presents and#8220;Ideal Protein Night Out.and#8221; Let this be your last diet. Learn why most diets fail, why this one doesnand#8217;t and begin your journey to lasting and permanent fat loss.

CONTACT: Call 530-546-5190