Extra weight in your midsection increases your risk of many diseases. Belly fat, also known as visceral fat, endangers vital organs by wrapping around them and becoming metabolically active, which stimulates hormones, can increase blood pressure, decrease sensitivity to insulin and cause other adverse effects.
Liz is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller The Flat Belly Diet that promises to banish belly fat for good.
“If you’re going to strengthen your abs, in order for those muscles to then show, you have to burn off the fat that’s over the ab [muscles], and that takes cardio,” Liz explains. “You have to move, you have to create a calorie deficit.”
Foods that Help Target Belly Fat
• Olive oil
• Nuts and seeds
• Dark chocolate
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