How can I get rid of stubborn belly fat as I get older?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The older you get, the more reluctant belly fat becomes. Learn the proper nutrition and exercises you can try to get rid of your bumps and lumps -- and keep your curves in all the right places:

1. Belly fat busters. Estrogen, cortisol and all these other hormones are pretty hard to contend with -- so doing what you've done in the past is most likely not going to work as well as it once did. You've got to change it up, from the way you eat to how you move.

2. Exercise. Forget the workouts you've tried time and time again -- crunches and sit-ups are often ineffective when it comes to trimming away the midlife belly. Consider alternatives, like holding your body in the plank position, or try another yoga-inspired exercise, the cat pose.


  • Get on all fours.
  • Arch your back like a cat, and work the deep abdominal muscles by inhaling and pulling the stomach back toward the spine.
  • Inhale for 4 seconds and exhale for 4 seconds.

3. Foods that pack on belly fat. Packaged foods, partially hydrogenated oils and enriched flours are not your friends. Above all, remember this one word: transfats. Avoid it at all costs. Researchers have found that the transfats found in margarine, packaged cookies, crackers and pasta increase fat in your midsection, and can actually redistribute fat from other parts of the body to the belly.

4. Foods that burn belly fat. Eat more monounsaturated fats, easily remembered as MUFAS, found in nuts, olive oil and seeds. Other fat burners include avocados, green tea and whole grains. Put them on your grocery list, and keep your fridge full and your body running on these healthy sources of energy. Your trimmer tummy will thank you.

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