The Lowdown on Belly Fat: How Big is Too Big?
A flat stomach makes you look good and feel good. Researchers also think it’s a more reliable health barometer than other metrics. Your weight, for example, is literally just a number. It doesn’t tell you much about your health.
Consider this. The numbers on the scale fluctuate every day based on a lot of things. One day you could see a sudden weight gain because you’re constipated. The next day, you could see the numbers drop because your toilet trips have finally become successful. Or it might be simply because you’ve stepped on the scale wearing heavier clothes.
Even your body mass index (BMI) is not much of a barometer, since you can have a high BMI but have more muscle than fat in your body. Bodybuilders, for example, don’t have much use for BMI.
Belly fat, on the other hand, has been proven over and over again to be a more reliable indicator of health problems. And you can easily see if the amount of fat you have in this area has crossed the danger line or not.
You only need to measure your waist circumference. If it’s 35 inches and above for women and 40 inches and up for men, you have abdominal obesity. That’s when you know it’s time to take action.