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Chiropractic Tip: Fight Abdominal Fat to Stay Healthy

By Sandy Schroeder

We all gain some weight as we move into our 40s, but when the pounds accumulate around the abdomen, health risks multiply.

HarvardHealth tells us abdominal, or visceral, fat is more dangerous than subcutaneous fat, which is often called “love handles.” Visceral fat accumulates in the abdomen and wraps itself around internal organs. It increases the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and gallbladder surgery.

If you are dealing with visceral fat, it may be time to enlist chiropractic support and follow through with diet and exercise.

How Chiropractic Helps

Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find out how wellness works. The Joint’s doctors of chiropractic help people of all ages explore health, wellness and fitness on a daily basis.

When you come in, talk with your chiropractor about abdominal fat, and any other questions that you have. Focusing on spinal health, your chiropractor may use a gentle targeted spinal adjustment to relieve any aches and pains, and generate an overall sense of wellness. Many people feel more energetic, sleep better, and think more clearly.

Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may be the way to continue enjoying these benefits while you work on issues such as abdominal fat. Together, you, your doctor and your chiropractor can review and monitor your health to find the best answers.

30-Minutes of Exercise Daily

Fighting abdominal fat starts with moderate intensity physical activity such as walking for 30 minutes a day. Strength training with small weights or yoga sessions which use poses to lift body weight can be a good follow-up. Spot exercising may also help tighten abdominal muscles, but it won’t reduce visceral fat.

Remodel Your Diet

Skip trans fats and saturated fats in junk food and fast food, and think in terms of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean beef, poultry and fish, nuts and seeds. Keep your portions down and focus on high fiber foods that will keep you satisfied. Starting a food diary helps too. As you begin to lose weight you can see which menus work.

Subtract Stress Every Day

As you strive to slim down to stay healthy, finding ways to lower stress will help. Stress-eating happens all too often, and can undermine all of your other efforts. Find ways to wind down, too. Meditation, deep breathing, music, and support from friends and family can help you ease stress.

When you are ready to get healthy, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Find out more about affordable personal healthcare plans that eliminate the hassle of insurance. Enjoy the convenience of weekend and evening hours, and walk-in visits. No appointments are needed.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downers Grove, Ill.

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