When we are old enough to make decisions we all make a deal with our body and we all will pay the price of that deal. Mother nature is a very forgiving lady but tick her off and the price to pay can be huge. Either way and regardless of the deal you make you’ll pay now or you’ll pay later.

Pay now with blood, sweat and tears and the sacrifice necessary to maintain that machine called the body or pay later with illness and early demise if you choose to sit on your butt and ingest garbage.

Some of you may feel that was a little strong and blunt but sometimes it takes a strong dose of reality to shake people up and into action.. Obviously, there is no guarantee that excessive belly fat will cause a host of health issues or even lessen one’s life span but all evidence sure points in that direction. Numerous studies tell us the man with the biggest belly is the most likely to suffer heart problems.

All evidence supports the fatter the belly, the more likely one will suffer from high cholesterol and high blood pressure which could lead to heart attack or stroke. Also, it is evident that there is a direct correlation between excessive belly fat and diabetes, sleep apnea, gout and certain cancers.

The bottom -line is simply — the more belly fat the more risk of suffering chronic disease.

And those are the obvious affects of belly fat regarding one’s health. Excessive belly fat also affects energy and fatigue. Obviously, it takes more energy and requires more strength to move a heavier object around. Sleep apnea, which causes one to stop breathing for short periods results in sleepless nights and leads to daytime fatigue. Fatigue can also become a killer. Statistics show more fat drivers have accidents than thin ones and that they fall asleep at the wheel more often.

And that’s just a few of the physical problems caused by fat bellies. Another concern is the variety of psychological problems caused by excessive fat of the mid-section. Very simply, fat people suffer more from depression and anxiety and are more unhappy than their thinner counterparts.

And guess what is linked to anger, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. IMPOTENCE. Cholesterol just doesn’t plug up the arteries to the heart. It plugs up those running to other parts of the body as well.

There is some good news, however. You don’t have to lose all of your belly fat to realize dramatic improvements to your health. Studies show just a 10% reduction in belly fat can lower high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and symptoms of diabetes. And do so quickly.

As stated in the beginning of this article, we all make a deal with our body. That doesn’t mean we can’t renegotiate the deal and in the process turn back the clock. So, if you are one who is experiencing health issues you can shed the past and reinvent yourself.

You can begin the process simply by following a few suggestions:

  • Start Safe Get checked out by a doctor first.
  • Take a walk Subtle changes in your habits can make a huge difference in your health. Just 30 minutes a day of brisk walking can be life saving. Improve from there.
  • Watch what you eat Become aware of how much salt and fat you consume each day. Get yourself off of salt if that’s a problem. There’s plenty of it in your food already. You’ll be surprised how easy it is. Eat more fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water.

That’s just a start. But a simple and easy one that will pay huge dividends.

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