Belly Fat, the Good , Bad and the Ugly!

Bathing suit season is just around the corner. You can either run from that or decide to take action to look your best and create a healthy fitness plan.

 Have you ever heard of the Waist-To Hip ratio? It’s an easy quick way for you to calculate if you may have too much belly fat and time to start doing some morning sit-ups and choose a healthy eating plan.

TheWaist-To Hip ratio is an important tool that helps you determine your overall health risks. Excess abdominal fat can be a reason for concern as it could lead to cardiovascular disease, blood sugar imbalances and abnormal cholesterol levels.

Ready to take the test, all you need is a tape measure. Stand relaxed with your feet close together.Measure your waist first, wrap the tape measure at the height of your belly button or the smallest area of your waist. Write down your measurement on a piece of paper. Next measure your hips. Place the tape measure around your hips at the widest part, which is usually right below your pelvic bones and around you buttock. Write that also on your piece of paper. Now Calculate your Waist-To Hip ratio by dividing your waist size by your hip size and you will get your Waist-To Hip ratio.

For women, theWaist-To Hip ratio should be no more than 0.8 and for men, no more than 0.9. If your measurements come out higher than than, it’s a good indication that you have too much belly fat!  As they say, the ball is in your court, the choice is yours on what to do next.