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FAT FACTS #5: FAT INSIDE THE ABDOMEN- The first fat you gain when you overeat and reduce your exercise is inside your abdomen around your intestines. The abdominal fat evolved to store fat rapidly and to protect you from infection. A study in London by Professor Jimmy Bell found that 45% of women and 60% of men at normal weight for height (BMI) had increased abdominal fat around the intestines where 70% of the immune system is located. Ancient humans had to be prepared for days of inadequate nutrition or even fasting, and they were at risk of infections from parasites in the wild and bacteria and viruses in close-packed cities. As the abdominal fat grows rapidly with weight gain some fat cells outgrow their blood supply and die. The dead cells activate immune cells in the fat which migrated there from the bone marrow. The immune cells and fat cells interact and the fat cells release pro-inflammatory proteins called cytokines into the circulation causing inflammation in many organs including the heart, blood vessels, and brain leading to common obesity-associated conditions including high blood sugar and diabetes, high blood pressure , high blood fats, asthma, heart disease, and dementia. To lose abdominal fat, you have to both cut calories and build muscle. To do that, you need to maintain your protein intake with Protein-Rich Shakes, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables while reducing sugar and refined carbs. To burn the fat, do aerobic and resistance exercises in time-efficient high intensity interval training (HIIT) daily or at least 3 times a week targeting specific muscle groups. While both men and women get this fat, some men think a big gut is a sign of strength. It’s not a muscle – LOSE IT!! #drdavidheber #fat #weightlossjourney to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com and read PERSONALIZED NUTRITION AND TRANSFORMATION available as an e-book for $5.49 on Amazon.com

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