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Belly Fat:

If you are trying to reduce belly fat? Pay attention to your carbohydrate intake and avoid artificial sweeteners. Sugary snacks and other refined carbs spike blood sugar and cause pounds to settle in your midsection. Choose whole grains, beans, and vegetables instead.

A few suggestions to aid you:

-Try to include plenty of high fiber foods in your diet.

-Excess alcohol intake has been associated with increased belly fat. If you’re trying to lose weight, consider drinking.

-High protein foods, such as fish, lean meat, and beans, may be beneficial if you’re trying to decrease belly fat.

-Excess sugar intake is a major cause of weight gain in many people. Limit your intake of candy and processed foods high in added sugar.

-Limiting liquid forms of sugar, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, is very important if you’re trying to lose belly fat.

Your weight is largely determined by three main factors:

  • How many calories you consume during the day

  • How many calories you burn off through daily exercise

  • Your age

If you eat too much and exercise too little, you're likely to carry excess weight — including belly fat.

Also, your muscle mass might diminish slightly with age, while fat increases. Loss of muscle mass also decreases the rate at which your body uses calories, which can make it more challenging to maintain a healthy weight.

Many women also notice an increase in belly fat as they get older — even if they aren't gaining weight. This is likely due to a decreasing level of estrogen, which appears to influence where fat is distributed in the body.

The tendency to gain or carry weight around the waist — and have an "apple" rather than a "pear" shape — might have a genetic component as well.

To lose excess fat and keep it from coming back, aim for slow and steady weight loss. Consult your doctor for help getting started and staying on track.

For women, a waist measurement of more than 35 inches (89 centimeters) indicates an unhealthy concentration of belly fat and a greater risk of health problems.

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