Belly fat has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, and a recent study links belly fat to early death. Researchers in Europe followed about 360,000 people enrolled in one of the largest, longest health studies ever conducted. They found that people with the most belly fat had approximately double the risk of dying prematurely as the study participants who had least amount of belly fat.
The study, which appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, provides some of the strongest evidence ever presented linking belly fat to early death. Lead researcher Tobias Pischon, MD, MPH states: "Our study shows that accumulating excess fat around your middle can put your health at risk even if your weight is normal. There aren't many simple individual characteristics that can increase a person's risk of premature death to this extent, independent of smoking and drinking."
Another study linked belly fat in the middle-aged to increased risk of Alzheimer's.
"Rebecca's article on how to effectively reduce belly fat is a true ground floor, nuts and bolts approach to this stubborn weight and health problem," says ExerciseTraining.org editor Wendell K. Cribbs. "Her article has really distilled the secrets to losing that unwanted and seriously unhealthy belly fat down to three simple but very effective areas of focus. By taking the advice outlined in the article, anyone searching for a solution to unwanted belly fat should be able to take the first, effective steps to eliminating this difficult problem".
Diet pills or unappealing diet shakes which make unrealistic promises often aren't nearly as effective as they claim, or as useful as their buyers hope. It is important to know that when it comes to effectively reducing belly fat, there is no "magic bullet" or shortcut approach. In fact, there is no magic formula to weight loss in general. It takes a multi-pronged approach to effectively reduce body fat levels, and for many who are looking for a solution to belly fat, the problem can seem daunting. However, by following the three primary focus areas in Rebecca Welch's article, anyone should be able to effectively reduce their belly fat and improve their overall health.
The article, "How to Effectively Reduce Belly Fat", is available online at ExerciseTraining.org, and can be found filed under Body Fat, Diet and Exercise, and Weight Control. A direct link is:
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