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Beware, belly fat can increase your risk of high blood pressure

belly-fatHere's another reason for you to worry about your belly fat. A study that appeared in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology revealed that people who have a lot of abdominal fat or fat around their waist are at higher risk of developing hypertension (high blood pressure) compared to those having a similar body mass index (BMI) but with fat stores elsewhere on the body.

For the study, researchers tracked 903 patients for about seven years for the development of hypertension. It was found that when abdominal fat content, overall fat content and lower body fat content were considered, it was only abdominal fat that has an independent association with development of high blood pressure. The results also indicated that the association between belly fat and high blood pressure did not change with factors like gender, age or race.

Here are some effective tips to lose belly fat:

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Eat the right kind of fats

Abs are made in the kitchen. Yeah it's a clich d line but it is true, the belly fat area is the most stubborn fat zone for most men and women. So while you can't keep fat out of your diet since it's healthy, it's better to switch to unsaturated fats. Saturated fat is found in butter, cake, biscuits, fatty cuts of meat, cheese and cream. Unsaturated fats are found in oily fish, nuts and seeds and olive oil. Avoid foods which have added sugar like colas and pastries and instead satiate your sugar craving with fresh fruits.

Don't ditch weight training

We've said this a million times before but people just don't seem to listen. They will keep on doing just cardio thinking it will help them lose weight. Why weight training is so necessary for flat abs is because it helps build lean muscle. When you're lifting weights, muscle tissues are torn apart at the microscopic level from the stress and then rebuild themselves. While this new muscle is being 'created' your body burns calories, thereby facilitating better weight loss.

Try this yoga pose

Called the Uthkatasana or the chair pose, this pose literally has you positioned as if you're sitting on a chair. This asana helps strengthen the muscles of the lower back, exercises the muscles of the spine, hips and chest. Read: 5 tips to burn belly fat

With inputs from IANS

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