By Mary Kyle from EmpowHER.com
I went through a relatively early menopause. By age 49, I had not only climbed the menopause mountain but was over the top and to the other side. The only problem was that menopause left me sporting a bulging belly, the likes of which I had not seen since I was six months pregnant!
I went on a diet (didn’t work). I jumped rope (didn’t work). I walked (didn’t work). I did a million sit-ups (didn’t work). I went in for my annual, and the first thing out of her mouth was, “Well, I see you have that menopause belly thing going on. It’s a real @)#(*$#$& to get off!” Needless to say, that sage advice didn’t help me out either in my search for a way to get rid of my newfound companion.
Frankly, I’ve had enough. I’ve decided to fight back and started researching. My search started with the Mayo Clinic.
I learned that women have two types of belly fat – subcutaneous fat (the wonderful unsightly bulge we see around our middle) and visceral fat (fat which is buried deeply underneath our subcutaneous fat and settles around our organs). Visceral fat is the type of fat that causes the real health problems in women – diabetes, high blood pressure, breast and colorectal cancer, to name a few. It’s the visceral fat that we need to attack in order to regain that flat tummy of bygone years.
The good news is that according to the Mayo Clinic, visceral fat will respond well to diet and regular exercise. So, I was dieting. I was exercising. What was I doing wrong?
This is where the information became interesting. It seems that traditional tummy crunches won’t cut the mustard when it comes to getting rid of this very stubborn belly fat! (Hallelujah! I’m not crazy!) To get rid of this belly fat, you need to do exercises that specifically target the deep and lower abdomen.
The following two exercises were recommended:
So, do these exercises work? I’ve tried them and they are certainly much easier than the tummy crunches I was doing before. The proof, however, will be in the pudding - or rather the lack thereof on my midsection!
Please consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program.
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