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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Tip #1 -- Lose belly fat

Here's another reason to lose weight -- breast cancer!

Written by Pavitra Sampath |Updated : February 1, 2016 10:48 AM IST

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Being overweight is a bad thing. Yup, not only do most women feel like they do not fit the stereotype of a 'perfect' body (whatever that really is!) but it also has quite a few implications on your health. One such ill effect of being overweight is breast cancer. Not only does being obese or overweight increase your chances of contracting the disease, but it also affects your heart and can put you at risk of suffering from diabetes and hormonal imbalances.

How does being obese increase your chances of suffering from breast cancer?

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Studies mention that the risk of a woman who is overweight or obese is greater after she has gone through menopause. But even if you haven't reached the age of menopause (or are still years away from its onset) know that if you have belly fat, you are at a higher risk of suffering from breast cancer as compared to your menopausal counterparts. This is because your waist to hip ratio and specifically your BMI, plays an important role in keeping you cancer free. According to a study published in the journal obesity review [1] pre-menopausal women with a high waist-to-hip ratio were at a significantly (24% to be precise) higher risk of suffering from breast cancer.

How you can beat this risk factor

Losing weight is one way, but another handy method is to tone and strengthen your core muscles so that you burn off that belly fat. While it is not possible to lose weight from certain areas in your body, focusing on your core can significantly lower your risk. Here are some great yoga poses to help strengthen you core and lose belly fat.

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Disclaimer text does not guarantee any weight loss through this method as the results may vary from person to person. We recommend you consult your nutritionist and physician before following any of the tips suggested here.

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