March 08, 2012There are more serious concerns about those extra inches around your waist than buttoning your jeans. Belly fat is not limited to the extra layer of padding known as subcutaneous fat, it also includes visceral fat. Visceral fat exists deep inside the abdomen and surrounds internal organs. An excessive amount of visceral fat produces hormones and other substances that can raise blood pressure, negatively alter good and bad cholesterol levels and damage the body's ability to process insulin. It also increases the risks of breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Research has concluded that a calorie-controlled diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, beans, nuts, lean meat, fish, eggs, and poultry provides the nutrients you need while reducing your waistline. Additionally, a study published in 2004 in The New England Journal of Medicine found that liposuction removal of subcutaneous fat on 15 obese patients had no effect on the levels of their blood sugar, blood pressure, response to insulin, or cholesterol levels, while weight loss through exercise and diet spurred positive health changes. Taken together, these studies should convince you that diet and exercise is the way to rid yourself of the extra padding on your waistline! There are a few specific foods that will help you get rid of your belly fat:
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