Belly fat and osteoporosis

Good Health Magazine
Thursday, March 31, 2011
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A wide waist could put you at risk of brittle bones.

Women with more deep belly or visceral fat (known as the ‘apple’ body shape) have decreased bone mineral density, a new US study shows. On the flip side, fat stored around the hips, bottom and thighs (the ‘pear’ body shape) does not appear to harm bone health. Banish belly fat with these tips:

POP A PROBIOTIC
Good bacteria can help trim your tum. In a Japanese study, women given a daily probiotic drink shed almost five per cent of their abdominal fat in three months. Try Inner Health Plus; Swisse Ultiboost Inner Balance Probiotic.

UP THE INTENSITY
For a slimmer middle, include several high-intensity workouts like jogging, spin class or tennis in your weekly exercise plan. Women who do this shed more belly fat than those who stick to low-intensity workouts, say US experts.

KEEP STRESS IN CHECK
Chronic stress increases levels of cortisol, a hormone linked to abdominal fat. Combat stress and belly flab by practising deep, slow breathing for a few minutes daily.

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