The Best Way To Lose Stomach Fat

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Belly
fat is linked to developing heart disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Exercise
is the best way to reduce belly fat, new research concludes.
Scientists
compared the effects of exercise against medicines for reducing visceral
(belly) fat.
The
results showed that people lost more visceral fat per pound of total body
weight lost.
Visceral
fat is the fat that lies deep in the body and is linked to developing heart
disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Dr Ian J. Neeland, the study’s first author,
said:
“Visceral
fat can affect local organs or the entire body system.
Systemically
it can affect your heart and liver, as well as abdominal organs. When studies
use weight or body mass index as a metric, we don’t know if the interventions
are reducing fat everywhere in the body, or just near the surface.”
The
study was a review of 17 separate randomised controlled trials.
Together
they followed 3,602 people for up to a six-month period.
The
results showed that both exercise and medicines reduced visceral fat, but
exercise worked better.
Dr Neeland said:
“The
location and type of fat is important. If you just measure weight or BMI, you
can underestimate the benefit to your health of losing weight. Exercise can actually
melt visceral fat.”
Fat
used to be seen as inactive by doctors, but now it is thought of as active in
disease processes.
Around
40 percent of Americans are obese.
Dr Neeland said:
“Some
people who are obese get heart disease, diabetes, or metabolic syndrome—and
others don’t. Our study suggests that a combination of approaches can help
lower visceral fat and potentially prevent these diseases.”
The
study was published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Rao et al., 2019).
SOURCE: PSYBLOG
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.