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What is belly fat?

Belly fat is body fat that is distributed around your abdomen. People with a lot of weight around their abdomen are often referred to as being apple-shaped. They are at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions than those whose body fat is concentrated in the hips or thighs -- often referred to as being pear-shaped.

You cannot spot reduce belly fat because your body fat is systemic. But as you lose weight, fat cells throughout your body give up fat and you get smaller all over, including in your belly.

Weight Watchers offers a comprehensive approach to weight loss that can help you reach your goal.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
People with belly (truncal) fat have higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in their body. Cortisol breaks down muscle, making these individuals hard-wired to store fat. Extra belly fat slows down your metabolism and puts you at risk for heart disease and cancer.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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