Moderate Aerobics Shrinks Belly Fat

Friday, April 24, 2009
By: Byron J. Richards,
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

Inflammation coming from fat sets the stage for major health problems.  A new study shows that three moderate aerobic exercise1 sessions per week can lower inflammation, reduce liver stagnation of fat, and shrink belly fat.

“Scientists now know that obesity is associated with a low-grade systemic inflammation. Obese people have higher levels of circulating inflammatory markers, such as C-reactive protein (CRP), which are produced and secreted by fat tissue. This inflammation then triggers the systemic diseases linked with metabolic syndrome, such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” said Jeffrey Woods, a U of I professor of kinesiology and community health and faculty member in the U of I Division of Nutritional Sciences and the Integrative Immunology and Behavior Program..

Aerobic exercise is known to condition leptin receptors to work better, which means the primary fat-regulating hormone has a chance to work better (a receptor is like answering a phone call.  In this case, a leptin phone call helps metabolism go and burn belly fat – while reducing inflammation.

You need 45 – 60 minutes three times a week.


Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Aerobic Exercise and Belly Fat  Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab  Victoria J. Vieira, Rudy J. Valentine, Kenneth R. Wilund, Nirav Antao, Tracy Baynard, and Jeffrey A. Woods

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