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  • Juanita Weaver-Reiss

Sending myself a valentine: A way to love your heart that is a paradox

I love movies books and movies where the plot is full of twists and turns. The kind where you are reading or watching, think that the story will follow a usual storyline, but then all of a sudden, there is a nuance that is thrown in that changes the whole meaning and context.

I, however, think that certain things should have a defined and well laid out path. One of those is when you are wanting to make a strong impact on your health.

In that situation, you need/want clear, identifiable and definable action steps you can take to make, what I call small changes that make a big impact.

You don't always find that type of advice when you go to the doctor or to other health professionals. A lot of times you hear vague advice. It may be words like "lose some weight."

Or it may be "you need to choose healthier foods." Or "you need to exercise."

This month is more than just heart health. It is more about just about losing weight. It is not a quick fix diet. And it is not a set of rules to memorize and follow.

It is a change to the whole you which will allow a transformation for more than just the month of February. This transformation will last longer than any valentine you have ever gotten from your sweetheart or loved one.

So let's get started with the first step in giving yourself a valentine that could last your whole life, change the way you eat, act, and affect your whole body to result in a healthy heart, healthy weight, and a healthy you.

Let's talk about belly fat. There are other reasons not to have belly fat besides the fact when you put your bathing suit on that it doesn't look good. It just is not good for your overall health.

Reasons to finally work to get rid of belly fat

  • Belly fat - also called visceral fat, builds up in the spaces around and between your viscera - your internal organs. The internal organs at risk are your stomach, intestines, and liver.

  • The fat not only shows up on the outside, but it presses in on your organs and can lead to fatty liver

  • Visceral fat cells

  • secrete inflammatory messages that tell your brain you are stressed, and lead to more belly fat

  • decreases Leptin - the hormone that tells your brain that you are full

  • increases insulin resistance, which may increase risk for pre-diabetes and diabetes

  • increase risk for your risk for your heart; raises cholesterol and blood pressure

  • may lead to increased risk for cancer

How to know if you have an issue with belly fat

For women - if your waist is larger than 35 inches

For men - if your waist is larger than 40 inches

It may be time to take action.

Belly fat can affect all aspects of your health. Measure your waist to know if you are at risk.

To get rid of belly fat, and reduce your health risk a lot of people want a simple fix. It is not just doing exercises to "get rid of belly fat." In the next blog, I will list out the specifics of getting rid of your belly fat to reduce your risk. I will talk about food, exercise, decreasing stress, and sleep.

If you need a coach to help you make changes, schedule a phone call to see if we would make a good team.

Best Health,


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