Here’s how to shake that stubborn belly fat

Here’s how to shake that stubborn belly fat

A recent study found that in the U.S. and other developed countries, nearly 90 percent of men, 80 percent of women and 50 percent of children are considered “overfat.”

The term is defined as having excess body fat – particularly abdominal fat. Researchers agreed that if an individual’s waist circumference was more than half his or her height, then he or is considered overfat.

Carrying excess belly fat can cause serious and even life-threatening health conditions, as it can often coat the abdominal organs and lead to elevated cholesterol levels, insulin resistance, inflammation and more.

What steps can you take to combat belly fat?

Jon Carlino, personal trainer team lead at Advocate Good Shepherd Health and Fitness Center in Barrington, Ill., says it isn’t possible to spot reduce in only one area of the body.

“But, there are many exercises that can be done to increase core strength,” he says. Carlino suggests the following core-engaging activities:

“It’s also important to work on cardiovascular endurance,” he says, “as well as maintain a healthy, balanced diet.”

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  1. so what is your medical solution ? What is the point of pointing out a problem if you do not have a solution ?

    • Jon Carlino

      Hi Joan,
      Thank you for question. Medical Solution? While the solution can vary from person to person it is recommended to exercise 4-5 times per week for 30-45 minutes in duration. For weight loss it is also recommended to resistance train 2 times per week, exercising major muscle group at a moderate intensity. I hope this gives you more clarification on your question. It is also important to dedicate days to cardiovascular endurance and to eat a healthy and balanced diet.

  2. Chris Rodriguez August 15, 2017 at 9:05 am · Reply

    Nice article. I think I like the term “overfat” more than using “overweight.” It does focus on belly fat rather than overall weight, which doesn’t differentiate muscle, fat, or water weight. This also correlates more with metabolic syndrome, and determining if you are overfat is a lot simpler than determining BMI with the somewhat complicated chart. ::Waist in inches x2 > Height in inches = overfat:: How easy!

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Holly Brenza
Holly Brenza

Holly Brenza, health enews contributor, is a public affairs coordinator at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her free time, Holly enjoys reading, watching the White Sox and Blackhawks and playing with her cats.