Belly fat is often identified as the chief complaint among those struggling to control their weight. There are a lot of myths and facts floating around about how to properly combat belly fat.

If you have a lot of excess fat around your waistline, even if you’re not very heavy, then you should take some steps to get rid of it.

1. Certain Foods can Boost Belly Fat Reductions
While certain foods can be more harmful than others to your midsection, there are also foods which can provide the body with the tools to fight a little harder against belly fat storage and creation. One example is apple cider vinegar. In a study that asked participants to consume 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar each day, those who received the vinegar rather than a placebo shed more body and belly fat.

Additionally, green tea has been found to provide a boost to the body’s calorie and fat-burning systems courtesy of catechins found in the tea.

2. Avoid Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Like The Plague
When you eat a lot of refined sugar, the liver gets flooded with fructose, and is forced to turn it all into fat. Numerous studies have shown that excess sugar, mostly due to the large amounts of fructose, can lead to increased accumulation of fat in the belly.

Some believe that this is the primary mechanism behind sugar’s harmful effects on health… it increases belly fat and liver fat, which leads to insulin resistance and a host of metabolic problems

3. Belly Fat is More Dangerous than Other Fat
Belly fat is dangerous because of its location; it surrounds your organs in your abdomen and releases hormones that can cause increased risk of heart attack. This can be deadly. Additionally, abdominal fat affects your liver — it has a tougher job of filtering toxic substances from your body (which is what its purpose is). Belly fat can also raise your changes of developing diabetes and being apple-shaped also increases risk of certain cancers, incluing breast and colon.

4. Cut Carbs From Your Diet
Carb restriction is a very effective way to lose fat. This is supported by numerous studies… when people cut carbs, their appetite goes down and they lose weight

5. Sleep
Getting the right amount of sleep helps. In one study, people who got 6 to 7 hours of sleep per night gained less visceral fat over 5 years compared to those who slept 5 or fewer hours per night or 8 or more hours per night. Sleep may not have been the only thing that mattered — but it was part of the picture.

6. Prolonged Sitting Promotes Belly Fat
Don’t spend too much time watching TV or sitting down. Simply turning the television off and getting up and about reduces the amount of time spent sitting and snacking.

Those who cut their TV time in half eliminate 100 calories a day from their diet. That equals one pound lost every 35 days. Getting out and about for a walk each week will help break up belly fat’s party. All it takes is three hours each week of brisk walking to help reduce belly fat.