If you can see your six pack abs or flat stomach in the mirror, chances are really great you are not overweight.  But how do you know for sure?

Take the jiggle test.  What’s the jiggle test?  I’m glad you asked…

Take into account that guys and gals both have parts of their anatomy that will bounce no matter what.  With this in mind, go into a room with a mirror.  Shut the door.  Take off your clothes and jump up and down in front of the mirror.  If something jiggles other than the parts that make you a man or woman – you are overweight and you need to lose weight.

Why is this important other than we want to lose our love handles and show off our abs?  Fat cells are storehouses of inflammation.  Inflammation can do all sorts of damage on your body and will cause you to age at a faster rate.  Here are some things that inflammation can cause:

  • weakened immune system
  • high cholesterol
  • diabetes
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • cancer
  • arteriosclerosis – narrowing of the arteries by plaque build up
  • gall bladder disease
  • etc…

Fat also stores toxins.  One of these toxins in particular is mercury.  Mercury is one of the most toxic substances know to man.  If you have silver amalgam fillings or have have had vaccinations, there is a good chance that you have mercury stored in your fat cells.

If you are in the process of losing weight, you will want to beware of the release of these toxins into your system caused by weight loss.  It is important to drink ots of water.  Regular trips to a sauna and even massage therapy can help in moving the toxins through your body.  See a naturopath for advice.  A few years ago when I started to shed pounds quickly, I was sick a lot.  Knowing what I know now helps me understand why this may have been – I have been heavily vaccinated and have many very old silver amalgam fillings.  Add to that the fact that eaten a lot of things I shouldn’t have over the years.  Smokers should be cautious, as well.

Are you beginning to see why excess fat is not only not attractive, but very unhealthy?

This is not to say that any fat is unhealthy.  In fact, it will be impossible to lose all of your body fat.  So much is acceptable?  For women, the essential percentage of body weight to fat is 10 – 12 %.  That means if you weigh 135 pounds, at least 13.5 pounds needs to be fat for you to be healthy.  To be able to show a flat, sexy stomach you will need to be somewhere between 14 – 20 percent.  For men, essential body fat percentage is between 2 – 4 %.  To show off your six pack abs you will need to be between 6 – 13 %.

Another interesting statistic is the average American gained approximately 1.5 pounds of fat per year between 1994 and 2002.  That’s a lot if you consider after 10 years will be almost 12 pounds heavier!

Being overweight is a heavy subject.  (Pun intended!)  To learn more about the damaging effects of being overweight, click on these links: Fight Aging!, USC Health Sciences, Freedomfly, and About.com.  It will be a real eyeopener if your eyes aren’t already wide open.

So do the jiggle test and lose what shouldn’t be bouncing.

To your Health and Success!