A Woman’s Guide to Losing Belly Fat

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Is there extra or unwanted fat around your belly making you feel embarrassed? Are you ready to do something to achieve a flat and trim stomach? Abdominal, or visceral fat, is the most dangerous kind.

For women a waist size of more than 35 inches (89 centimeters) is a sign of unhealthy fat around the belly and can put you at risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Here are some things you can do:

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• Stretch and crunch
People often make the mistake of jumping into an abdominal workout without stretching, which makes you do almost all the work with your hips and back, the stressed area around the core muscles makes it hard for them to activate.
Before you do crunches put a foam roller in the center of your back touching the edge of your shoulder blades, stretch your back over the roller, arms up. Repeat until your back feels loose.

• Healthy Diet
Focus more on plant-based foods including many colors of vegetables and fruits, and whole grains. Choose lean sources of protein and low-fat dairy products. Reduce consumption of saturated fats found in meat and dairy. Moderate fat is what you find in nuts and certain vegetable oils.

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