Your belly may be a ticking time bomb

Have you been letting the notches on your belt out a little more frequently?

Eating that pint of ice cream in front of the TV... or making those midnight visits to the fridge... can really put the pounds on.

And all those pounds seem to collect in one spot: your belly.

While there may be more of you to love... and more for the kids to wrap their arms around... those "love handles" you're carrying aren't doing you any favors.

According to new research published in the British Journal of Cancer, scientists have found that carrying extra fat around your middle increases your risk of cancer.

Just this morning, I shared with you how eating too much sugar can not only expand your waistline but also feed certain kinds of sugars.

Well, these latest findings show that it's actually a double whammy -- because that ballooning belly isn't doing you any favors when it comes to cancer prevention.

In this new study, researchers followed 43,000 people for an average of 12 years. At the end of the study, more than 1,600 of them were diagnosed with an obesity-related cancer -- and they were the ones with the most weight around the middle.

In fact, the folks who'd added more than four inches to their waistline ALSO increased their risk of all obesity-related cancers, on average, by 13 percent! And adding as little as three inches to your hips can increase your risk of bowel cancer specifically by 15 percent.

If you've been reading my eTips for a while now, you know that carrying extra weight -- especially around your middle -- can hijack your hormones, increase your insulin levels, and lead to inflammation.

And ALL of these factors can make your risk of cancer skyrocket.

Fortunately, your weight is one of the few things that you DO have control over.

If you're a little on the older side, those pounds may not melt away like they used to.

But you DON'T have to starve yourself, and you DON'T have to join a gym. Just keep in mind that there's no quick fix -- and, whatever you do, you'll have to stick with it a while before you see some results.

Getting a little activity in -- just 20 minutes a day -- and switching to a diet like Paleo that cuts out the carbs and sugars should be enough to put you on the right track.

In fact, if you keep at it, just those two simple changes will go a long way toward tightening that ole belt of yours.