Friday, September 29, 2006

Age and abdominal fat

By Connie Aronson

For the Express

First, we hear 40 is the new 30. Then, 50 is the new 40. And now, 50 is the new 60.

What lifestyle choices could you make today that would keep you looking amazing at any age?

Dr. Henry Lodge, the author of "Younger Next Year," believes 70 percent of premature death and aging is lifestyle- related.

Obesity expert James Hill and his team found that, on average, Americans between 20 and 40 years old are packing on about 2 pounds per year.

The team came up with a plan. Simply cutting 100 calories a day, either by exercising or eating less, would prevent this creeping weight gain in 90 percent of the population. In terms of exercise, that's 21 minutes of walking or 12 minutes of swimming.

If you already enjoy working out and want to see quicker aerobic capacity benefits, add intense, very brief intervals (no more than 5 minutes) in a time-challenged workout.

Each step fights off the aging process.

Deep abdominal fat accumulates with a sedentary lifestyle and contributes to aging. The problem with abdominal fat is the fat in your lower body carries a higher risk of cardiac disease, insulin resistance, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and high blood lipids. These red flags are called metabolic syndrome, and are also associated with an inflammatory state and a tendency for blood clotting.

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