8 Ways to Lose Belly Fat and Live a Healthier Life

Keeping a trim midsection does more than just make you look good; it might also help you live longer. 

Waist circumference is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. 

Losing weight, particularly belly fat, increases blood vessel function and sleep quality. 

When dieting, it is impossible to directly target belly fat. However, losing weight overall will help reduce the dangerous layer of visceral fat

a type of fat within the abdominal cavity that you can't see but that raises health risks, according to Kerry Stewart, Ed.D., director of Clinical and Research Physiology at Johns Hopkins.

When Johns Hopkins researchers compared the effects on the heart of losing weight on a low-carbohydrate diet versus a low-fat diet for six months (both containing the same number of calories),

those on the low-carb diet lost an average of 10 pounds more than those on the low-fat diet—28.9 pounds versus 18.7 pounds.

According to Stewart, another advantage of the low-carb diet is that it produces higher quality weight reduction.

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