Belly fat – also called visceral fat – is particularly dangerous for your health. It surrounds your organs and fuels body-wide inflammation that increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and dementia.
To lose it you need to adopt a healthier diet that focuses on high fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and 100% whole grains. In addition, you need lean proteins such as fish and skinless poultry, and healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids. Your goal is to eliminate processed foods – remember many baked goods contain harmful trans fats – that’s partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. You also want to cut out simple carbs that the body sees as sugar – and excess sugar is stored as fat.
To lose belly fat it is also important to reduce stress. The stress hormone cortisol causes you to store fat around your middle. So make sure to get regular exercise. Buy a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps a day.