The Zoomer Report: Olive Oil and Belly Fat

We all know how hard it is to keep weight off — especially around our midsections. But a bit of olive oil each day may help keep your middle little.

That’s what researchers are saying after testing two diets — one high in carbs and the other based on healthy fats from olive oil. The “fat” diet kept bellies flatter.

It’s not just a matter of how you look. Excessive abdominal fat increases your risk for high blood sugar and many other health problems. But in a recent study of overweight people, a Mediterranean-style diet — where approximately 30 to 40 percent of the calories came from unsaturated fats like those in olive oil — seemed to help prevent tummy-expanding over time.

Another bonus: The fat-focused diet helped people maintain better insulin sensitivity, too. Not so with the high-carb diet, which seemed to encourage body fat to relocate to people’s bellies.

Keep in mind that extra olive oil isn’t going to help you trim your middle. It could just help keep your pants from getting tighter. For serious waist whittling, you’ll need two must-dos: a healthy diet and extra exercise.

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About The Zoomer Report

Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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