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Hidden Risks with Belly Fat

Belly fat even in those who are not fat can be deadly. 

Researchers are now showing more and more that having fat in the wrong places can literally kill you.  Speculation is that the fats actually create toxicity around the organs.

Below the “experts” share the truth on belly fat.  Before that though why not blend up a smoothie and drink to your health as you read.  Then take a walk – in the movie “Super Size Me” it’s noted that as a world wide society we have gone from 15,000 steps a day to 3,000.  Grab that apple and walk away that deadly belly.

Super Size Me – While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald’s food for one month.

Most Awesome Breakfast Smoothie via Smoothie Web

Make this smoothie every morning for breakfast. It’s rich in vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, omega-3 fats, monounsaturated fats, soy protein, and so much more!


  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1 kiwi, peeled
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup tofu
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera Juice
  • 2 tablespoons flaxsee oil
  • 1 teaspoon barley grass powder(optional)

In a blender, combine banana, apple, kiwi, mixed berries and orange juice. Blend until smooth. Add soy milk, yogurt, tofu, peanut butter, aloe vera juice, flaxseed oil, and barley grass powder. Blend again until well blended.  Pour into glasses and serve.

Dr. Oz Says:

Grab a tape measure and put it around your body at the level of your belly button. That number should be less than half your height. So for my 6’1″ frame, I need to keep my waist under 36.5″. If avoiding heart attacks and diabetes isn’t enough motivation to eliminate that gut, consider this: For every point your body mass index is over 25, your testosterone drops 3 percent, which isn’t very manly.  Read more: Men’s Health

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New England Journal of Medicine

Researchers followed about 360,000 Europeans enrolled in one of the largest, longest health studies in the world.

They found that people with the most belly fat had about double the risk of dying prematurely as people with the least amount of belly fat.

Death risk increased with waist circumference, whether the participants were overweight or not.

The study provides some of the strongest evidence yet linking belly fat to early death, says lead author Tobias Pischon, MD, MPH. It appears in the Nov. 12 issue of TheNew EnglandJournal of Medicine

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USA Today

Although visceral fat seems to be particularly hazardous to health, it’s not the only bad guy under the tape measure. Subcutaneous fat, the kind right under the skin, also is a factor, Ross says. “Subcutaneous fat is not just hanging out. Both visceral and subcutaneous fat contribute to health problems, but it would appear that visceral contributes more.”

The two fats act differently in the body, experts say. “If you put visceral fat in a petri dish and you put subcutaneous fat in a petri dish and stimulate them, the visceral fat will produce a lot more inflammatory molecules that can raise a person’s risk of heart disease and diabetes,” says Tim Church, medical director of the Cooper Institute in Dallas.

Losing weight and increasing exercise appear to be key to decreasing this fat. A study at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle found that overweight postmenopausal women who exercised regularly for a year lost 3.4% to 6.9% of their intra-abdominal fat, depending on how active they were. They were told not to change their diet. Exercisers lost about 3 pounds.

To get the benefit from physical activity, lead researcher Anne McTiernan recommends aiming for 30 to 45 minutes of brisk walking (as if you’re late for the bus) five days a week. “I suspect if you exercise for 60 minutes a day, you’ll get even more fat loss,” she says.

The exercise should be intense enough that you feel your heart rate increase and might sweat, but you should be able to hold a conversation.  Per USA Today


About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the Smoothie Essentials blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. MatchaGT – the super premium Matcha Green Tea Introducing Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea. Matcha GT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. While many forms of green tea are strained or brewed, Matcha GT uses the whole tea leaf providing the full benefits and bold taste of whole green tea powder. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing Benefits: Natural Caffeine – longer lasting energy Antioxidants – to fight cancer causing free radicals Chlorophyll – powerful blood cleanse Coffee concepts and juice bars across North America including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smoothie King, and Booster Juice have recently started selling Matcha Green Tea smoothies, frappes, and lattes, promoting the great taste and health benefits of green tea.

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