Exercise & Blueberry Gut Cut

Two new studies focused on belly fat suggest simple ways that may help beat back the negative health consequences associated with a bulging beltline. Researchers from the University of Illinois found that mice who engaged in modest levels of exercise the human equivalent of walking 30 to 45 minutes a day improved their insulin sensitivity, reduced liver fat and decreased belly fat inflammation. Since obese people are known to have high levels of circulating inflammatory markers, controlling fat inflammation is a step in the right direction.

In a separate study undertaken at the University of Michigan, scientists augmented the diet of rats with 2% blueberry-enriched powder. After just 90 days, they lost belly fat, lowered triglyceride levels and improved cholesterol profiles. When coupled with a low-fat diet, blueberries helped promote lower body weights and a reduction in overall fat. Phytochemical antioxidants were believed to be at work in these results.

The Bigger Picture: While what's good for rodents doesn't always equate to human benefits, it's hard to find anything wrong with exercise. If a little is good, then a little more might be even better. Just don't get carried away and engage in too much of a good thing too quickly. Same goes for your blueberry intake. Save room for the protein you'll need to promote muscle recovery and rebuilding. Make all that work in the gym count!
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