When considering the best way to reduce a fat gut one must first establish what it is that you are trying to get rid of.
There are two type of fat that collect around the waist:
- Subcutaneous — Under the skin
- Omental or Visceral or Intra abdominal — around the Omentum and internal organs.
According to conventional wisdom subcutaneous fat cannot be spot reduced but should be tackled by diet and general exercise. This type of fat may not present a pretty sight but it is not as harmful to the health as Omental fat.
Excessive Omental fat, called the beer gut in common parlance, is very different, it seems to be associated with several chronic diseases like Diabetes, Hypertension, Depression and even some forms of cancer (Maglione-Garves et al)
Stress can activate the hypothalamus and cortisol is released from the adrenal cortex. (Maglione-Garves et al). This can activate the cortisol receptors in the omentum and lead to increased omental fat (Wettstein).
If stress can initiate Omental fat, relaxation and meditation can reduce it. There are also some Yogic practices like Uddiyana Bandah that are helpful in this connection.
To get details of this practice put Yoga Journal Upward Abdominal Lock into your browser and you will get a rather detailed account of the performance. Also look up Savasana for the relaxation practice.
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