Dr. Oz Says You Can Use Diet And Exercise To Flatten Your Belly?

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It makes for a very compelling idea. A certain set of activities will reduce your “problem area.”  I would love spot reduction for body fat.  So much easier than an entire body lifelong makeover.

If you look at the comments, Dr. Oz is pretty much outnumbered by the experts who say spot reduction is impossible.  http://www.sharecare.com/question/how-can-i-reduce-the-fat-off-my-belly#cmpid=SCNL000

But I disagree with most of them, and with Dr. Oz.  The focus needs to be on stress reduction as well as complete lifestyle change.  The woman in the video mentions a hysterectomy, but none of the experts mentions that hormones may be impacting her weight.  If we look at the dance of the hormones, a major imbalance in the female hormones is going to throw off insulin levels and probably contribute to the problem.

But since I disagree I will simply summarize Dr. Oz for those of you who want a written plan.  The video kicks out midway through the exercise program, so engage in interval training under a doctor’s supervision.

Abdominal fat cures according to Dr. Oz’s experts.

Mono-unsaturated oils

Inflammation fighting foods


Salmon and vegetables

Turkey meatballs and pasta

Almond butter on apple butter

Sugar=> fruit

Red meat=> fish

White potato=> sweet potato


Plank exercises-30 seconds of strengthening each side

There you go, it’s easy, it’s simple, and it will make you think you’re doing something.  Do it for life, and we’re talking real change.

Oh, and what’s the difference between abdominal fat and bottom fat?  A whole different hormonal picture.  Here’s an abstract:

Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2013 Mar 25. [Epub ahead of print]

Fat Mass Localization Alters Fuel Oxidation during Exercise in Normal Weight Women.


1Laboratory of Metabolic Adaptations to Exercise in Physiological and Pathological conditions, Clermont University, Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France; 2INSERM U698, Bioengineering for Cardiovascular Imaging and Therapy, Paris, France; 3Paris University 13, IUT of Saint-Denis, France; 4Laboratory Movement Sport and Health Sciences, EA 1274, UFR APS, University of Rennes 2, Rennes Cedex, France; 5Department of Sport Medicine and Functional Explorations, Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital (CHU), G. Montpied Hospital, Clermont-Ferrand, France; 6INRA, UMR 1019, Clermont-Ferrand, France; 7University Clermont 1, UFR Medicine, Clermont-Ferrand, France; 8CRNH-Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand, France.



Abdominal and lower body fat mass tissues exhibit particular metabolic profiles at rest and during exercise. However data are missing in normal weight women during exercise. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of low (LA/LB) and high (HA/LB) abdominal to lower body (A/LB) fat mass ratio on metabolic and hormonal responses during exercise in premenopausal normal weight women.


After preliminary testing (VO2max and body composition assessment), substrate oxidation (Respiratory Exchange Ratio, lipid and carbohydrate oxidation rates), metabolic (glycerol, free fatty acids, glucose) and hormonal (insulin, growth hormone, atrial natriuretic peptide, adrenaline and noradrenaline) responses were determined during exercise (45 min at 65% of VO2max) in 21 premenopausal normal weight women (10 HA/LB women vs 11 LA/LB women).


Waist circumference was significantly higher in HA/LB women compared with LA/LB women (p<0.01). No difference in other anthropometric characteristics, VO2max and resting blood values was observed between the two groups. LA/LB subjects exhibited greater lipid oxidation rates compared with HA/LB women during exercise (p<0.01). This occurred with lower plasma insulin (p<0.05) and glucose (p<0.05) concentrations and higher plasma free fatty acids (p<0.05), glycerol (p<0.05), growth hormone (p<0.05), atrial natriuretic peptide levels (p<0.01) during exercise in the LA/LB group compared with the HA/LB group.


The present study demonstrated that LA/LB women exhibited an increase in whole-body lipid mobilization and utilization during exercise compared with HA/LB counterparts. This greater reliance on lipid as fuel metabolism during exercise could be explained by substrate availability and metabolic and hormonal responses. It appeared that LA/LB women exhibited greater metabolic flexibility during an exercise bout of 45 min at 65% of VO2max on cycle ergometer.

PMID: 23531714

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