Belly Fat Loss Reverses Aging
Belly fat speeds up aging. In fact, it robs you of health as well as youth by suppressing
your most important antiaging hormone. The good news is that this pattern can be
reversed. Here is how.
Get Old Fast From Body Fat
The granddaddy of all hormones for regulating aging is human growth hormone (HGH).
Loss of HGH over time also leads to a decreased ability to burn off food calories as you
get older. The result is fat gain.
The Catch-22 of this scenario is that it also works in the other direction. Fat gain
suppresses HGH levels, which accelerates aging. It almost seems like you are trapped
on a closed loop. Less HGH leads to more fat. More fat leads to less HGH. And the
consequence is that you age faster and faster as you gain fat and lose HGH.
The relationship between HGH and overweight was first described in a research article
in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in 1991. The scientists behind
this study pointed out that, on average, for men aged 21 to 71 with a normal body mass
index, the production rate of HGH decreased by 14 percent with each decade of life. In
comparison, each unit of Body Mass Index (BMI) reduced the daily HGH secretion rate
by 6 percent.
This means that the drop in HGH secretion rate with an increase in BMI from 21 to 28
corresponds to the average drop going from age 21 to age 45. In other words, all adult
men whose BMI classifies them as obese (i.e., 27 units and above) have HGH levels
that correspond to men who are at least 20 years older. This leads to high-speed aging
and the increasing prevalence of age-related diseases in younger people.
Women are not off the hook just because this study included only men in the
experimental group. Indeed, fluctuation levels of estrogen and other steroid hormones in
women during monthly cycles and menopause may amplify the consequences of HGH
loss. One consequence is faster fat gain.
The Four Best Solutions
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