Report: Eat plant based diet to beat belly fat

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - New research showed it was not just what people weigh, but where they carry that weight that can make a big difference in reducing their risk for a heart attack and other serious health problems.

There's some thought that waist weight has what's called "visceral fat," deep fat that raises these risks. It's not uncommon to see many people picking up more fruits and vegetables in the grocery store this time of year.

Phill Adams, Jungle Jim's Eastgate director of development, said, "Oh yeah, you get all the people that start the new year with new things that have to happen."

One big reason is the desire to drop belly fat. Changing what people eat is a good way to drop some of the waist weight according to a new report from Tufts University. No mater what people weigh, a smaller waist has now been linked to lower risks for everything from heart problems to diabetes.

In general, that means a waist less than 35 inches for women and less than 40 inches for men. Researchers found those who were able to maintain a number lower than that do three specific things. It appears those who eat more plant foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seafood, and olive oil as part of the Mediterranean diet have less waist weight. So do those who drink fewer drinks high in sugar and ate more whole grains.

It's important to note that even if people already have belly fat it's never too late to start eating in a way to help with health.

The report focused on what people eat. But the best exercise for reducing belly fat isn't actually just crunches, it's calorie burning aerobic exercise such as walking.

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