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By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: June 13, 2013

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Our experts Dr. Mache Seibel, Karen Giblin, Dr. Michael Goodman, Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, Dr. Verna Brooks McKenzie and Dr. Marina Johnson field questions from our members. Submit your question.

Dear Red Hot Mamas Experts,

Can a woman, 62 years old, who has been exercising 1 hour most days, really get rid of belly fat? I attend cardio classes 3-5 days a week. It seems that I am gaining inches in the waist instead of losing them!

Thank you,

B


Dear B,

Where you carry your body fat is important, especially if you carry your weight around your abdomen. This may put you at a higher risk of heart disease, say for instance, than a woman who is pear shaped and carries her weight in her hips. Since you are doing cardio classes so frequently, it may be a good idea for you to discuss with your clinician about doing more weight training. A Minnesota study of 164 women suggested lifting weights reduced belly fat. The women in this study lifted weights for 2 years and these women had only a 7% increase in belly fat, while comparing them to others that had a 21% increase. So, weight lifting may be a consideration if your clinician gives you the green light to do so. Also, stay active, consume less calories and I wish you good luck.

Good Health to You!

Red Hot Mamas Experts

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