Dr. Stork says that belly fat is the most dangerous kind of fat because it surrounds major organs and damages their ability to function. Complications for belly fat include heart disease, cancer, stroke, arthritis, and type-2 diabetes. On the other hand, having a lean belly has been shown to have greater health benefits including better sleep, and can even make you smarter. People have a healthier heart and tend to enjoy a better sex life, as well as more money because of decreased health bills.
Complications of Belly Fat
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Arousal dysfunction
Dr. Stork introduces the concept of NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis), where you can burn calories without going to the gym. Tips like walking to a co-worker's desk instead of sending an email, standing up to take a phone call, balancing on one leg while brushing your teeth, or even standing and manually washing the dishes instead of using the dishwasher... all simple tasks that increase your daily calorie burn without a gym membership or sweat!
Some simple tips that are mentioned on The Doctors that are also mentioned in Tim Ferriss's book, The 4-Hour Body include:
- Drink at least 8 cups of water per day
- Eat Nuts (strategically)
- Add ground cinnamon to your morning coffee to help suppress blood sugar spikes.