Female belly fat: Losing and maintaining

However, belly fat does more than make it hard to zip up favorite jeans. Belly fat is dangerous, according to research. Belly fat risks can be reduced.

What causes abdominal fat?

Eating and drinking more calories than they expend daily increases the risk of weight gain, especially belly fat.

More than skin deep belly fat

The problem with belly fat is that it goes beyond the skin's cushioning. That's subcutaneous fat. Also in belly fat is visceral fat.

Measure your midsection

A waist measurement of more than 35 inches (89 cm) indicates unhealthy belly fat and a higher risk of health issues for women.

Trimming fat

Crunches and other belly workouts build and tone abdominal muscles. However, those activities won't reduce abdominal fat. 

Maintain a nutritious diet. 

Limiting processed meats, saturated fat, and high-fat dairy items like cheese and butter.

Portion control is key.

Even healthy eating has calories. Reduce portions at home. Sharing meals in restaurants. Or eat half and take the rest home.

Replace sugary beverages.

Instead of sugary drinks, stick to water and other non-caloric options.

Be active.

DHHS recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise like brisk walking or 75 minutes of intense aerobic activity like running for most healthy people. 

For weight loss or fitness objectives, you may need to exercise more. Strong-training and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) may decrease abdominal fat.

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