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Banish Belly Fat

Posted on: December 31, 2012

Banish That Belly

All fat is not created equal. That spare tire is called “visceral fat” and it can affect your health in different ways. Belly fat can contribute to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other conditions.

You may have seen TV ads for magic pills or special exercises that target belly fat. The truth is there is no such thing as spot reducing. When you lose weight you can’t pick and choose where it comes off. But many people will quickly see weight loss in their abdominal area. Why? Because visceral fat is more metabolically active than other types, so it may be lost a bit faster.

Your best bet for losing weight is to increase your activity and eat healthfully (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins). In time, your belly fat will come off — along with any other extra pounds. Crunches and sit-ups won’t help you lose weight in your tummy more quickly, but they can stregthen your core and tone your abs. 

It will take time, but if you stick to consistent healthy eating and exercise you’ll see results.

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