Whether you’re thin or full-figured, you need to pay attention to where you store the fat in your body. That’s because it’s giving you important health signs which need your attention in order for you to live a wholesome life with a captivating silhouette to match.
We’ll help you find out if your curvy parts carry a bit of extra weight and reveal the ways to slim those areas down.
How to spot the “extras” around your body
- Breasts and arms: Your white fat cells can be stored around your breasts and arms due to genetic reasons and burn off only through full body weight loss. That’s why you should be aware of your body mass index first. BMI can be calculated by dividing your height by the square of your height. You can use a BMI calculator of NIH to find out yours. A BMI of 30.0 is considered obese and is a call for weight loss.
- Abdomen: For females, a waist size of more than 35 inches or 88.9 centimeters is considered obese and for males, a waist size of 40 inches or 101.6 centimeters is considered an important marker of extra fat around the abdomen.
- Hips and thighs: To understand if you have extra weight around this area, you’ve got to check your waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) which can be calculated by your waist size divided by your hip size. According to the World Health Organization, the ideal WHR should be 0.9 inches or less for men and 0.85 inches or less for women.
A recent study shows that a thick waist is a sign of a potential heart attack or diabetes down the road. The fat around the waist area is called visceral fat which is actually stored around your vital internal organs. That’s what makes it dangerous. Mayo Clinic suggests that apple and pear-shaped bodies are more inclined to have heart problems because of the visceral fat.