Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is Exercise the Only Way to Lose Belly Fat?

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 09:58 AM

Question: I have a big stomach and I work a lot of hours at work, so I don’t have time to exercise. Is there anything else I can do to lose my fat belly?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Yes. You need to eat less. The calories you consume must be less than the calories you burn through exercise and activity to lose weight.
 
Abdominal obesity is often seen in diabetes and in cases of a condition called Syndrome X. Sometimes liver disease can give you a "beer belly." See your doctor to be sure you are not diabetic, or that some other endocrine disorder or condition of your liver or abdomen is not hindering your ability to lose your tummy.
 
Exercise will help tone your abdominal wall, but if you are retaining a large belly, be sure to be screened for underlying disease.

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