Heart specialist says one exercise is 'best way to lose belly fat'

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A heart expert has outlined the best type of exercise to help shred belly fat. Laura Cartwright, who is a cardiac rehabilitation specialist and exercise physiologist at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, has also explained further weight loss tips.

According to the British Heart Foundation, studies have shown that people who carry excess belly fat can face higher risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

With that in mind, many people will no doubt want to shift the excess. Writing for the British Heart Foundation, Laura said that scientific evidence showed that "it’s impossible to reduce fat in one specific area by exercising that body part alone".

She said: "The body stores fat as triglycerides, which can be used for fuel anywhere in your body, not just in the exercised area. Doing aerobic exercise while eating a healthy diet is the best way to lose belly fat and overall body fat. This will help to create a calorie deficit (where you use more calories than you consume), which promotes fat loss over time.

"Aerobic exercise includes any activity that raises your heart rate such as walking, dancing, running or swimming. This can also include doing housework, gardening and playing with your children. Other types of exercise such as strength training, Pilates and yoga can also help you lose belly fat. Seated exercise can be an effective way to burn calories and increase your aerobic fitness levels if you find walking or standing difficult."

Laura said NHS guidelines suggested aiming for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week. She said to aim to exercise at a level where you become a little out of breath, but can still speak in full sentences.

She added: "Take time to warm up before and to cool down after exercise. If you begin to feel more breathless, slow down and rest.

"If you are new to exercise, start slowly and build up gradually. You don’t need to exercise at a high intensity to burn calories. Stress and lack of sleep can also affect fat loss, because they can lead to increases in the stress hormone cortisol, affecting appetite. Stress-relieving and good sleep-promoting activities can include mindfulness, breathing techniques, and gentle exercise like tai chi and yoga."