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What is my best defense against belly fat after 40?

The defense to belly fat is the defense for all body fat and that is calorie control. As Dr. Oz suggests above increasing dietary soluble fiber will help with hunger and help maintain caloric control. Resistance training will help maintain your muscle which will keep your metabolism rolling. When you combine calorie control with resistance training you can maintain a healthy metabolic rate and body fat levels.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

After 40 your estrogen levels drop which causes insulin levels to go up and thyroid levels to go down, both of which increase hunger. You wind up eating more and burning fewer calories, which adds to the fat deep inside your belly known as omentum fat.

Soluble fiber is your best defense against hunger and belly fat. It fills you up fast so you eat less and stay satisfied. At 40 you should consume 25 grams of fiber daily. Consider these excellent sources:

 

1 bowl of steel-cut oats = 9 grams of fiber

1 cup raspberries = 8 grams of fiber

1 cup brown rice = 8 grams of fiber

Total = 25 grams of fiber

 

 


This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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