Help! How do I get rid of my pesky belly fat? Belly fat is mostly comprised of visceral fat which is responsible inflammation throughout the body, increasing the risk for many diseases. It may seem hard to trim down but fat has a kryptonite—Exercise.

“Exercise disproportionately targets visceral fat,” said Dr. Gary R. Hunter, a professor of human studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham to The New York Times. Hunter adds that cutting calories should also reduce visceral fat but exercise creates more effective loss.

Hunter points to a study performed at his University which showed that sedentary women who began a yearlong program of moderate exercise twice a week lost around 2 percent of their total body fat and about 10 percent of their visceral fat.

If you want to start exercising, that’s great! Ideally you should combine weight training and endurance training  (running, swimming, rowing) to help burn belly fat best. But there’s one routine you can skip completely—situps. Dr. Hunter says that situps do not reduce the waistline and that even a walk is more beneficial. Do you agree? What types of exercise have gotten you the best waistline results?



The New York Times: Ask Well: Reducing Belly Fat