Did you know waist to hip ratio is important? To determine you ratio divide the waist by the hip measurement. Why does it matter? Waist size is strong determiner of overall health, but it is one of the most controllable risk factors of heart attacks.
Men whose waist is more than 40" are 12 times, 12! more likely to develop diabetes
For women, ever 2" increase in waist circumference has almost a 13% increase in mortality.
Abdominal fat is especially metabolically hyperactive increase risks of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, increased blood fats, diabetes, heart attack and stroke!
Increased, excessive waist fat contributes to depression and mood disorders and more.
So what should your waist to hip ratio be?
Women's waist circumference should be less than that of the hips AND less than 35 inches.
Men should have a waist circumference equal to or less than hips BUT, no more than 40"
Measure 1" above the belly button for the waist and 7" below the waist for the hips.
Did you know that the percentage you reduce your weight by is the percentage your risk factors go down? So if you reduce 20% from your waist, then your risk of heart attack goes down by about 20% too!
In the words of Dr. Bill Sears, let's take waste from your waist and live a healthier life!