November 2012 Issue

Feet and Fork Fight Belly Fat

Lifestyle strategies, such as aerobic exercise and a Mediterranean-style diet, can trim dangerous abdominal fat.

Call it a muffin top, beer belly or middle-aged spread—the fact is, by the time most Americans reach adulthood they’ve added inches to their waistline. And those extra inches put you at a higher risk for coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer. Even if your weight, measured as Body Mass Index (BMI) is normal (18.6 to 24.9), you could still be at a higher risk for disease if your waist circumference is too high. Yet your lifestyle choices, including diet and exercise, can help you fight belly fat.

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