The great belly fat debate

Last night I happened to stumble upon on a great debate on the Joy Behar show.  On the panel, discussing how to lose belly fat, were Jorge Cruz, Dr. Roizen, and that cute little Joy (can’t think of her last name) that is a regular on the Today Show.  The danger of  belly fat has been recognized for years.   I remember Dr. Oz talking about it on the Oprah show and mentioning the word OMENTUM, the first time I had ever heard about that part of the body.  Now it’s all the buzz….but how to target belly fat is the big debate.  Jorge, who has written many books on fitness, has a new book out, that targets belly fat loss.  He claims the latest science proves it’s as simple as eliminating sugar from our diet.  No white breads, rice or pasta and keeping sugar intake to 15 grams a day or less.   (If you think you don’t eat a lot of sugar, start reading your food labels!)  He claims that you can lose between 4 and 9 pounds a week that way and you don’t have to count calories.  I know people who have tried this approach and in fact have had those huge losses.  Joy, on the other hand,  contends eating this way will encourage people to eat the unhealthy fats found in high fat cheeses and will discourage the all important exercise component.  Dr. Roizen says we need to do cardiovascular exercise for our heart, watch the sugars and watch the fats.  Well doesn’t that make sense?!   There is much to be taken away from all 3 of their philosophies so I suggest combining all their wisdom.  Want to lose belly fat?  Eliminate the white products, keep your sugar intake very low,  eat lean protein found in white meat chicken, fish  low fat cheese and tofu.  Then get off your butt and get some exercise almost every day.  I wasn’t sitting on the panel, but if  I were I certainly would have added the importance of strength training in order to boost the metabolism and increase muscle mass,  hence burning more calories and building better bone density.  Maybe next time, they’ll invite me 🙂  Have you had success losing belly fat?  If so, let me know what worked for YOU!

In my humble opinion…

What an exciting time to be in the fitness industry!  Back in 1990 the U.S. Surgeon General issued a warning, declaring that physical inactivity is hazardous to our health.  I immediately believed that some day in the future, insurance providers would be paying for people to go to get themselves in shape.  For me, that vision was realized just a few years later, when insurance companies started providing free gym memberships to their recipients, in an effort to keep them healthier in body and mind.  I quickly became involved in teaching the award winning SilverSneakers program (for members age 65 and over) and witnessed, firsthand, what I already knew; wellness really does work!  In the past few years we have also seen health club benefits extended to certain groups of “all age” employees (such as the Broward County School teachers on Vista’s health plan). Now, as we approach another new year, the SilverSneakers program is growing in leaps and bounds and nothing could make me happier….well, maybe the day we see this benefit extended to all age groups!

If you are 65 or over, please visit and find out if you are eligible to take advantage of this fantastic program.  In 2010 more insurance companies will be offering this program than ever before.  It’s an idea whose time has certainly come.

SilverSneakers is just one of the exciting things happening in the fitness world.  On a local and personal level, I am excited about some upcoming additions to my group exercise schedule.  Check back soon and regularly for more info as well as many more opinonated blogs about the world of health and fitness. 

As I finish this, my virgin blog, I want to thank my webmaster, Kyle, for his patience, his knowledge and his hard work on this site, which is currently work in progress.  It’s thrilling to me, as his mom, that he has turned his passion into his business.  Coming from one who did the same, it really is true that when we love what we do, it isn’t really work at all!