Health Watch - Weight Loss: Belly Fat

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Last week on Health Watch, we talked about the science of weight — how we gain or lose weight and how excess weight affects the body. Excess weight and obesity are a major health problem in the United States, so this week we’ll talk about losing weight.

Studies have shown that extra weight around the belly is a major risk factor for heart disease. The problem is that you can’t target any one part of the body for weight loss. All you can do is lose weight overall, which will ultimately reduce belly fat. Dr. Amit Khera, a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the key to weight loss is burning more calories than you eat. You can make a good start toward weight loss by reducing portion sizes, reading food labels and learning to make good food choices. Meanwhile, increase your activity levels with exercise.

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October 2009

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