8 Ways to Reduce Belly Fat and Live Healthier

Johns Hopkins researchers compared the effects on the heart of losing weight on a low-carbohydrate diet and a low-fat diet for six months, both containing the same number of calories

Try curbing carbs instead of fats.

Stewart encourages eating sustainably. Low-carb doesn't need calorie counting—just wiser eating choices.

Think eating plan, not diet.

Exercise burns belly fat. Stewart says exercise improves body composition. Workout decreases insulin, which helps burn belly fat.

Keep moving.

Even moderate strength training and aerobic exercise increase lean muscle mass, which burns more calories throughout the day.

Lift weights.

Brand comparison. Stewart adds some yogurts claim to be low in fat but rich in carbs and added sugars. Gravy, mayonnaise, sauces, and salad dressings are heavy in fat and calories.

Become a label reader.

Packaged products and snack meals contain trans fats, added sugar, and salt or sodium, which make weight loss tougher.

Move away from processed foods.

Your jeans will loosen as you lose fat and gain muscle. That measures progress better.

Focus on the way your clothes fit more than reading a scale.

Pancreatic hormone. Insulin stores food glucose. If you have diabetes and your pancreas cannot produce enough of this hormone,

Hang out with health-focused friends.

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