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Cardio Is Best for Decreasing Abdominal Fat

Brian Turner

Posted on June 18 2018

Abdominal or visceral fat increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated blood fats, heart attack and stroke. The problem is more severe in men than women, but many women store more gut fat after menopause. An Australian study that pooled the results of 35 studies (called a meta-analysis) found that aerobic exercise works best for decreasing visceral fat. Most weight training studies showed only small effects. Researchers couldn’t find enough evidence to say that combining aerobics and weight training worked better than aerobics alone. They concluded that moderate-intensity aerobic exercise for 150 minutes per week decreases abdominal fat. (Obesity Reviews, 13: 68-91)