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Busting a Gut: Keys to Burning Dangerous Belly Fat

Scientists say all fat is not created equal. It all comes down to location, and the most dangerous place is around your middle. But there is hope to lose that midsection. Read Transcript


Reporter: DID YOU KNOW

WE CARRY TWO KINDS OF FAT?

SURPRISINGLY, THE JIGGLY

BLUBBER YOU SEE IN BATHING

SUITS IS THE SAFE KIND.

KNOWN AS SUBCUTANEOUS FAT.

THE REALLY DANGEROUS FAT

PRESSES UP AGAINST VITAL

ORGANS, LIKE THE HEART,

LIVER AND LUNGS.

IT IS CALLED VISCERAL FAT,

ALSO KNOWN AS BELLY FAT.

AS YOU BECOME OBESE AND

GAIN WEIGHT AND YOU GET

OLDER, YOU START TO GAIN

MORE VISCERAL FAT.

Reporter: DR. DAVID LEE

LED A STUDY COMPARING THE

TWO TYPES OF FAT.

IT IS THE VISCERAL FAT

ASSOCIATED WITH

INFLAMMATION, INCREASED RISK

FOR HEART DISEASE, INCREASED

RISK FOR DIABETES AND HIGH

BLOOD PRESSURE AND HIGH

CHOLESTEROL.

YOU DON'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT

OF SUBCUTANEOUS FAT, BUT IN

GENERAL, THAT IS THE LESS

INFLAMMATORY AND THE MORE

HEALTHY OF THE TWO TYPES OF

FAT.

Reporter: HIS SO-CALLED

BELLY FAT CAN LEAD TO HEART

ATTACKS, CANCER, STROKES,

AND EVEN DEMENTIA.

EVEN THOUGH IT IS DIFFICULT

TO SEE WHETHER WE HAVE TOO

MUCH FAT DEEP IN OUR BELLY,

THERE IS AN AT-HOME TEST TO

CHECK FOR IT.

JUST GET ONE OF THESE AND

MEASURE AROUND YOUR WAIST.

WOMEN HIT THE DANGER ZONE AT

MORE THAN 35 INCHES.

FOR MEN, IT'S 40 INCHES.

THE GOOD NEWS, YOU HAVE THE

POWER TO CHANGE IT.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS,

YOU'VE GOT TO PUT THE TIME

IN.

Reporter: JAMIE KNOWS

ALL ABOUT GETTING RID BELLY

FAT.

SHE RECOMMENDS A

FOUR-PRONGED ATTACK,

STARTING WITH THE DIET.

YOU REALLY WANT TO STAY

AWAY FROM REFINED AND

PROCESSED FOODS.

CERTAINLY SUGARY FOOD.

Reporter: THEN TURN ON

THE BURN.

ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO

TRY TO GET RID OF THAT BODY

FAT IS SIMPLY GET MOVING.

YOUR AEROBIC EXERCISE, WHERE

YOU'RE GETTING THE HEART

RATE UP AND WORKING INTO THE

SWEAT.

Reporter: AND THEN LIFT

WEIGHTS TO SPEED UP YOUR

METABOLISM.

THE MORE MUSCLE YOU HAVE,

THE MORE CALORIES YOU

ACTUALLY BURN T AT REST.

Reporter: AND MAKE SURE

TO GET YOUR REST.

WHEN THE CORTISONE LEVELS

GET HIGH, THAT CONTRIBUTES

TO YOUR BODY FAT AS WELL.

Reporter: BETTY FOLLOWS

THE PROGRAM TO THE LETTER.

I EAT MOSTLY CHICKEN AND

FISH, A LOT OF FRUITS AND

VEGETABLES, AND NO

DESSERTS.

I RUN FIVE TIMES A WEEK,

WHICH AVERAGES 52 MILES A

WEEK, AND I WORK OUT AT THE

GYM THREE DAYS A WEEK.

Reporter: THIS GREAT

GRANDMOTHER STAYS IN FAR

BETTER SHAPE THAN MOST

PEOPLE HER AGE.

I SEE IT EVERY DAY, AND

EVEN SOME OF MY CLASSMATES,

THEY'RE SO OBESE.

AND THEY HAVE ALL KINDS OF

HEALTH ISSUES.

THEY'RE ON ALL KINDS OF

MEDICATIONS.

AND IT'S JUST SO SAD.

Reporter: SHE SPENDS

PRACTICALLY NOTHING ON

HEALTH CARE, LIMITING DOCTOR

VISITS TO REGULAR CHECKUPS,

AND HER ONLY PILL IS A

MULTI-VITAMIN.

JUST THINK HOW MUCH MONEY

THE INSURANCE COULD SAVE AND

THE INDIVIDUALS, IF THEY

WOULD JUST TRY TO TAKE CARE

OF THEMSELVES SOME MORE.

Reporter: IF THE

NATURAL APPROACH ISN'T

ENOUGH TO GET RID OF BELLY

FAT, SOME DOCTORS RECOMMEND

BARIATRIC SURGERY.

PEOPLE MAY NOT ABSORB AS

MANY CALORIES AS BEFORE AND

THEY TEND TO LOSE WEIGHT.

Reporter: SO CUT THAT

BELLY FAT DOWN TO SIZE.

IT IS AN INVESTMENT THAT

COULD ADD YEARS TO YOUR

LIFE.

I JUST TRY TO EAT HEALTHY

AND TAKE CARE OF MYSELF.

I WANT TO BE AROUND TO SEE

THIS GREAT GRANDCHILD

GROWN.

Reporter: LAURIE

JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

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