determine how long you will live?
Here’s the latest research on how to lose fat,
including stubborn belly fat!
I’ll start off with the good news:
▸ losing even just two inches off of your waist can dramatically improve your health overall.
Now, for the startling news:
▸ the risk of dying increases about 25% for each additional four inches of waist size.
I know, I know — it’s shocking and scary, but there you have it. Fortunately, there are solutions for reducing your waist size.
Slim Waist Size Means Long Life
A recent New York Times article revealed the connection between waist size and longevity and the results of a research study by epidemiologist Dr. Eric Jacobs who tracked 48,500 men and 56,343 women, over the age of 50, from 1997 to 2006. What they discovered is fascinating. The upshot of it is: having a large waist size doubled the risk of dying and it’s important to your lifespan and vitality to have a tight waist!
Standard Modern Diet Shortens Life Expectancy
It is my belief that many of us are mildly allergic to many foods in the standard modern diet, but we don’t know it. And, according to my own quirky theory, the more allergy or inflammation-inducing foods you eat, the more subcutaneous and visceral fat cells your body produces to pad and protect your vital organs from toxins. Actually, I’m not the only one who makes the connection between food hypersensitivity, inflammation and belly fat.
By the way, for the gentlemen, there has also been evidence to suggest that the leaner the waist, the higher the testosterone. And when testosterone levels are higher, men have more zest and robust emotional energy to enjoy daily life.
2 Quick Ways to Tell If Your Body Dislikes the Food You Just Ate
Of course, I encourage you to seek out your health care professional to develop a proactive, conscious healthy-aging strategy. Having said that, here is a diagnostic “scan” to help you determine if you might be sensitive to a particular food or menu item. It simply requires that you “look and listen” carefully to two of your body’s signals:
Signal #1) After Eating You Feel Discomfort
Everybody gets a little gassy sometimes, but if you’re often seriously bloated and uncomfortably flatulent after eating, then perhaps what you ate is something that your own body is challenged with processing. An important exception to this is that if you’re not used to eating fiber and then you start eating more fiber, you’ll get gassy, but that’s usually just because your body isn’t used to fiber yet (you will become accustomed to higher fiber intake over time).
Signal #2) After Eating Your Energy Level Drops
Please, please, believe me when I tell you, that food is supposed to give you energy, not drain it! If you feel even a little tired after you eat something: receive that as a message from your body!
Most of us who have been eating the standard modern diet for a long time are so accustomed to feeling very full and tired after we eat that we don’t even think anything about it or notice it that much. Very-full-and-tired is not the feeling you want to go for after a meal or snack. After eating, you want to feel enhanced with sustained energy.
“…after you eat your lunch,
you want to feel agile and energized!”
I think wheat and dairy are the big culprits to the waistline (well, beside the obvious culprits — like sodas, fried foods, and booze).
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Lose Fat with Evidence-Based Lifestyle Improvements
It might be helpful to you if I quickly tell you my own story. At one point in my life, I had my waist to almost 36.5 inches. Currently, it’s probably at around 32″ and still shrinking. This is a significant achievement for anyone, but especially for a 47-year old. Metabolism slows down with age, mostly because overall muscle mass tends to shrink over time.
Many years ago, on a pleasant weekend afternoon when I was 40 years old, my friend Kirsten took a picture of me sitting on the floor playing with her toddler. Later, she mailed me a print of the photo within a greeting card. When I opened that envelope and looked at the photo, I was stunned! In the photograph, I looked like I was carrying a few bowling balls under my polo shirt… or like I was pregnant! I had no idea that things had gotten so out of hand. I guess all that pizza had caught up with me. Has that ever happened to you, where you see a photo of yourself, or your passing reflection in a window, and you don’t even recognize yourself?
As alarming as that photo might have been at the time, it was one of the best things that could have happened! It encouraged me to see my health realistically, and inspired me to begin the journey of getting more fit!
Here’s a recent photo of me:
How did I lose the fat?
Step 1: Prepare Internally for Change by Making Careful Plans
Those of you who use this site frequently might already know that I am very interested in the art and science of improving personal productivity. I truly believe that:
- ⊙ a significant part of success is having great organizational systems
- ⊙ this is especially true when it comes to eating-for-strength
- ⊙ when we “fall off the wagon” with our food and lifestyle choices, it’s usually because we’re not fully prepared
For example, for me personally, I tend to eat and feel so much better when I pack my lunch and bring it to work (instead of going to a restaurant, market, sub shop, or burrito place during my lunch hour).
But packing lunch requires preparation! It requires having a list for the once-a-week visit to the grocery store. And it requires scheduling a set time to fix and pack the lunch before leaving the house in the morning. Even if you work from home, you still have to be organized in order to pull it off successfully.
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Step 2: Get a Food Processor and a Great Blender
If you want to get healthier, you have to eat more fresh vegetables. Period. End of story. In order to increase my intake of fresh foods, I got myself a food processor and a really excellent blender (not all blenders are the same, folks). The blender helped me to discover the magical world of freshly made green smoothies. Life-changing, and that’s an understatement.
I use my food processor almost every night to make a fast and healthy dinner, and I use my blender to make breakfasts, lunches, and healthier, lower-calorie frozen desserts. This was no little thing. This made a huge difference!
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“…I read the eBooklet on making fresh green smoothies
and promptly set about changing my typical fruit smoothie
to have greens in it.
But I did not believe you when you said to start slowly!
I dumped a bunch of green stuff in the mixer and,
well… you know how it went.
Had to force it down! Now I changed to follow your advice:
start with just a few greens to the mix until I get used to it.
And guess what? I really like adding a little celery
and some radish sprouts.
Very good stuff! I’ll be adding a little bit more over time,
just like you suggested.
Sometimes it’s good to follow advice, eh?”
~ Rand Larson, Professional Events Photographer
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“…I’ve always been a no-breakfast person.
But what I didn’t realize was that
skipping breakfast only made me lethargic and lazy all day long.
And I’d eat a whole lot more at lunch than I would have otherwise!
So, when I came across Dane’s smoothie recipes,
I decided to give them a shot.
Only one week in and I already feel much more energetic
than I have in the last ten years.
And I also tend to eat less lunch
which is great to control increasing weight.
I plan to start smoothies for lunch too.
Slim waistline, here I come!”
~ Rabab Kahn, Editor / Bertelsmann Foundation
Step 3: Use a Proven Success Formula!I decided to keep it simple. My strategy was just to shave 200 calories off my daily intake (which isn’t that much; yes, I noticed it, but it wasn’t painful) and burn 300 more calories a day through exercise (again: totally do-able).
Because I know that muscle mass correlates with higher metabolism, I made sure to include some strength training each week. My personal favorite is using the kettlebell, because I find it’s easier on my 47-year old joints (see image, right).
As I experimented with my daily menu, I found that — over time — my taste buds changed and became used to fresh vegetables. I was attracted increasingly to anti-inflammatory foods: I had less grains and more “super salads.”
Perhaps most importantly, I tried to have a sense of humor. Life after 40 isn’t always easy — it’s strange to have a full head of silver hair and see my skin lose some of its elasticity and refinement, but the wisdom I’ve acquired in life truly has made me happier than I’ve ever been before. My life feels more meaningful to me, and so as I undertook my lifestyle improvements I chose to see it as just more adventure on the journey (I never, ever thought of it as a diet)!
Do you believe the results of Dr. Jacob’s research study, that long life correlates to a lean waist? I invite you to share with me your thoughts, below in the comments section.