What Is the Healthiest Way to Get Rid of Belly Fat?

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Everyone eventually has to deal with a little belly fat — even those of us who naturally had flat stomachs in our younger years. But too much of this type of tissue can have a negative effect on your health. But how much is too much? That depends on several factors, but experts agree that if you’re a woman with a waist circumference of 35 inches or more or a man with a waist measuring 40 inches or more, you’re vulnerable to the dangers of belly fat.

It’s not just about the way your jeans fit. Excess abdominal fat increases your odds of developing some serious diseases, including diabetes, dementia, heart disease and cancer. Want to tip the scales toward better health and a smaller waistline? Try these healthy techniques to help banish belly fat and get fitter.