How to Lose Belly Fat

Researchers assigned roughly 150 overweight, sedentary, middle-aged men and women with high LDL (“bad”) or low HDL (“good”) cholesterol to aerobic training, strength training, or both.

The aerobic training meant doing the equivalent of 19 kilometres a week at a vigorous pace on treadmills, elliptical trainers, or stationary bicycles. For strength training, participants did three sets of each of eight exercises, with eight to 12 repetitions per set, three days a week.

After eight months, those who did just strength training lost only subcutaneous (below-the-skin) abdominal fat.