Whittle your waistline with these tips from the latest research:
Walk—briskly. A 2003 study found that women who exercised 136 to 195 minutes a week (that’s about 30 minutes a day) triggered about a six percent loss in abdominal fat. Brisk walking was the most popular exercise, but activities like strength training, cycling, swimming and tennis burned fat, too.
Eat whole grains. Tufts University researchers have found that women who eat three or more daily servings of whole grains have about 10 percent less visceral fat than those who eat less than a serving a day.
Keep at it. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham reported that one year after losing an average of 24 pounds, women minimized weight gain, especially in the tummy, by doing as little as 80 minutes per week of aerobic exercise or strength training.