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WEIGHT LOSS …Why it’s all about the waist

The size of your belly is a good indicator of your future health risks, from heart disease to dementia. We reveal the effects of an expanding waistline and give expert advice on how to beat the bulge

Do you know your body mass index (BMI)? It’s a useful guide for assessing whether you’re overweight or obese, based on a combination of your height and weight measurements. If you don’t know whether you’re in the healthy range, you can check using the calculator at

But while it’s good to know your BMI, taking a simple waist measurement is an even better measure of your health. Experts now agree that carrying excess fat around the middle is far more harmful than too much fat around the hips and thighs.

What’s wrong with a bit of belly fat?

The problem comes if you have too much of it. Carrying a lot of fat around the tummy can be a sign that you have more sinister, internal fat known as visceral fat. This accumulates deeper in the belly and is dangerous because it wraps around, and lies within, our vital organs, such as the kidneys, heart and liver. This can cause serious health problems, such as:

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At last, a long-term plan for weight loss! If you’ve relied on extreme diets before, you’ll love our brand new plan, which focuses on making small changes that add up to long-term weight loss. Start off with our dietitian’s kickstart 14-day menu plan, then try the rest of our low- calorie recipes with nutrition symbols to help you choose foods for your particular needs. Keep going and be inspired by the HFG readers who ditched the fads, lost weight and feel great. They’re still enjoying food to the full, and the changes they’ve made can work for you, too. Make it today and keep that unhealthy weight off for good.