It’s that time of year where everyone is gearing up to get beach body ready. While most people want to take a weight loss supplement or start the latest fad diet, the best way to get fit is through aerobic exercise combined with weight loss supplements. Aerobic exercise is any of various sustained exercises, such as jogging, rowing, swimming, or cycling, that stimulate and strengthen the heart and lungs, thereby improving the body's utilization of oxygen. This also includes steppers, elliptical and treadmills.
Abdominal or visceral fat increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated blood fats, heart attack and stroke. The problem is more severe in men than women, but many women store more gut fat after menopause. An Australian study that pooled the results of 35 studies found that aerobic exercise works best for decreasing visceral fat. Most weight training studies showed only small effects. Researchers couldn’t find enough evidence to say that combining aerobics and weight training worked better than aerobics alone. They concluded that moderate-intensity aerobic exercise for 150 minutes per week decreases abdominal fat. (Obesity reviews, 13: 68-91, 2011)