Exercise Beats Diet

By: Jason Myers

Visceral fat, seems wicked doesn't it? It's the coating of fat that surrounds the inner organs of your abdomen. In other words it's your "beer belly" or "beer gut." Excesses of fat are risk factors for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
What causes stomach fat so vital over other types of body fat are the inflammatory molecules that visceral fat produces and releases into the bloodstream. These inflammatory molecules flow throughout the body and can start a condition known as metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome presents with symptoms such as elevated blood pressure and reduced HDL cholesterol.
The primary and most usual recommendation to combat metabolic syndrome is to make changes in lifestyle, specifically to reduce calories in the diet and increase activity levels. A new study by the University of Illinois has shown that exercise only may be just as effective as the combination of diet and exercise.
The twelve-week research was done on rats in four groups: a sedentary control group, a diet-only group, an exercise-only group, and a group that combined a low fat diet with exercise. The only significant differences in the visceral fat in the rats at the end of the study were seen in the two divisions that included exercise. Even though the exercise-only group kept a high fat diet, the exercise proved to be enough to reduce the inflammatory abdominal fat.
This is persuading news for individuals with a "pot belly" who are starting to display symptoms of metabolic syndrome. The exercise program created for the study was at a very modest level. The human equivalent of the exercise would be a 30 to 45 minute stroll five days a week. The equal amount of exercise is suggested by the U.S. Department of Health to reduce the danger of other chronic illnesses.
Health advantages can be obtained for many individuals by engaging in physical activity. This research supplements that claim by presenting direct connection linking exercise and reduced abdominal fat. It's just additional evidence that you should make time in your life for a bit of exercise every day.

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Jason Myers is a professional writer and he writes mostly about diet and fitness news. He's also interested in giving diet tips for everyone.

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