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Excess belly fat in women can bring about undesirable health consequences

Aug 8, 2012, 10:01 a.m.

Belly fat can be a problem in women and is usually associated with how many calories that are consumed balanced against how many calories are burned each day. If you eat too much and not exercise enough, pounds can pack on and are the major causes for belly fat to form. Age is also a factor. Muscle gradually diminishes and fat tends to be a greater part of body weight. The truth is, the more we slow down, the fatter we get.

The medical term for belly fat is abdominal obesity. While obesity can be a problem at age, it presents particular health concerns in middle-aged women. Cardiovascular disease as well as Type 2 diabetes have been linked to obesity.

Unfortunately, there is no magic pill that gets rid of belly fat. The best way for women to lose it is by learning and practicing the four key ingredients for successful weight loss. Exercise, diet, sufficient sleep and stress management will likely require a change in daily habits, but will produce a better quality of life.

Exercise does not have to mean a weekly aerobics class. Activities such as gardening, walking, or playing ball with the kids will also work. Consume at least 10 grams of fiber per day along with other healthy grains in meal plans and you will likely see a smaller waistline as a result.

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