Dr. Tasneem Bhatia from Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine answers a reader’s question about belly fat.
Q: Why can I not lose my belly fat?
A: Abdominal fat, also known as visceral fat, is the most dangerous accumulation of fat in the body. It has been associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and inflammation. Women have more trouble with belly fat as they approach menopause, since hormones like estrogen and progesterone fall, while cortisol levels increase and insulin becomes more stubborn. While much has been debated about the best way to lose belly fat, the secret may be having the right balance of bacteria in your belly. Probiotics, digestive enzymes and fermented foods may be good first steps in getting rid of belly fat.
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