Lose weight – watch your waist size!

Your waist size is very important, as where you carry fat on your body is also critical to your health. We store fat under the skin, and also around the vital organs in our abdomen. We know that this fat around the abdomen causes more health problems than, say, fat carried on the bottom or thighs. Having a large amount of tummy fat around the waist makes you more likely to develop heart problems, diabetes and high blood pressure; it also increases your risk of stroke and slows down your metabolism.

Check out your waist measurement:

To find your ‘true waist’, feel for your hipbone on the side of your body. Move upwards until you can feel your bottom rib bone. Halfway between the top of your hipbone and your bottom rib is your ‘true waist’. For most people this is where their tummy button or navel is. Remember, our body works hard to balance our energy levels. We gain weight if we take in more energy than your body is burning; similar we lose weight if we burn more than we eat.

It’s as simple as that.

It’s the energy balance many people get wrong in our lifestyles today – too many calories in, not enough being used.

Further information can be found on the NHS choices website. www.nhs.uk