Excess fat around the waist doubles the risk of dying according to a 9 year study with over 350,000 people reported in The New England Journal of Medicine on November 13th, 2008.

For centuries the human body went through incredible amounts of environmental stress. There might have been a famine or extremes in temperature. Your body had to keep you alive through these conditions. It figured out a way to. It stored fat on your behalf so you could survive. Unfortunately, for some of us that programming still resides within our body.

When we feel threatened externally, that survival programming gets turned on. Our being cannot tell the difference between financial stress and famine. All it senses is that your stress hormones have been ignited and so it has to go into storage mechanism. It'll take anything you give it to eat and drink and store it immediately. The more empty calories you consume, the more you store.

Sugar suppresses the hormone Leptin which tells your body that you're full. Let me give you an example of what that looks like. You had a bad day at work, your body releases stress hormones. Your genetics think you're being attacked. You want a quick fix to feel better. You go for that candy bar. It's over flowing with sugar so it suppresses the hormone Leptin letting your brain know you're full. You grab something else that has sugar in it because you still think you're hungry. Your blood sugar level spikes. The pancreases releases the hormone Insulin. Insulin tries to clean up the blood stream by putting the glucose in the cells. There is just to much sugar in your blood, so it stores it as fat or pushes it out of your body. In time, the pancreases becomes weak working overtime. It slows down it's production and you possibly get diabetes. If you're lucky, you only gain weight!

Sugar not calories is the culprit for your weight gain.

The food combinations you eat are crucial to 1. Losing the weight 2. Controlling your sugar intake.

For women your waist size should not exceed 32.5 inches. For men, 35 inches. National Institute of Health These two numbers are crucial in determining what steps you will need to take. Grab a measuring tape right now and figure out where you are in comparison to the numbers. Your goal is to lose the tummy weight.

How does obesity cause diabetes?

There is a direct correlation between being overweight and type 2 diabetes. Scientists don't know 100% why diabetes triggers, but they do know that weight gain causes stress in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). This is a system of cell membranes in the cells. The stress from the weight suppresses the signals of insulin receptors, which leads to insulin resistance. If not managed, this can lead to type 2 diabetes. National Center for Biotechnolgy Information.

Unless you break the cycle by removing the thoughts, feelings, habits that create stress in your mind and body. Your body will react. Work, relationships, finances, boredom, sadness can trigger the stress response in your body. It is crucial to remove and calm those triggers.

Getting enough sleep, relaxing, meditation, eating health nutritious foods, dealing with sabotaging habits and thoughts will break the cycle. They all work together as a team to help you manage and control your weight.