Pamela S. Ornellas, MD
Did you know that there are different kinds of belly fat? The first kind accumulates under the skin and is shown when we can “pinch an inch.” The second type is found around the organs in the abdomen and is seen as a “pot belly.” Extra fat is never good but the organ fat is connected with serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
So, how do we lose it? Unfortunately there is no secret or trick to shedding belly fat. Good old hard work, no new tricks or gimmicks, is the only way.
First, improve food choices to include less fat, less sugar and fewer calories. Then commit to exercise on a regular basis. There needs to be a balance between energy in and energy out. The more energy out, the more fat loss one can expect.
The benefits to exercise are well known over and above the loss of fat. It can improve heart health, diabetes and overall mood. Hippocrates once said, “walking is man’s best medicine,” This still holds true. Current recommendations are 150 minutes or more of moderate exercise per week.
Exercise targeting the abdomen helps to tone muscles and can also help with burning more calories but does not eliminate the organ fat directly. You really can’t reduce fat from specific parts of the body by exercising that body part, our bodies just don’t work that way.
Nonetheless, let’s get moving for better overall health.
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