Are you carrying around a six-pack or a keg? For many Americans stubborn belly fat is a growing problem, but is too much tummy bad for your health? One Sioux Falls woman decided she'd had enough of her flabby belly.
"It's intense and then you just have to keep going every single day!" Said Ann Haight.
A few months earlier, the gym is the last place you'd find Ann Haight and she had the belly to prove it.
"My metabolism must of stopped when I turned 50 so then it just stayed there and got a little bigger, and a little bigger, and a little bigger! No matter what I did, it didn't come off." Said Haight.
Belly fat is not just an image issue. The more flab on the belly boosts inflammation throughout the body and worsens atherosclerosis; the hardening of the arteries and chief cause of heart attack. Ann's family has a history of heart disease and she doesn't want to carry on that tradition.
"I think you can lose the body fat but you've got to be able to be willing to pay the price of whatever that is, whether it's working or out eating correctly; but the pill is not the key!" Said Haight.
You don't have to look far to find the latest so-called miracle weight loss pill. Some even claim to target that stubborn belly but both Ann and Doctors know it's simply a pipe dream.
"The body will tend to get rid off or utilize its fat stores uniformly so any product that claims to spot reduction of weight really hasn't been shown to be that helpful." Said Dr. Elden Rand, a cardiologist with the North Central Heart Institute.
Shedding pounds is the sure-fire way to keep your heart healthy and your blood pressure where it should be, but that's just the start.
"If a person is 20 to 30 pounds overweight it's like carrying a 20 or 30 pound backpack and that extra strain and stress over a period of time can certainly cause muscular skeletal wear." Said Dr. Rand.
Ann has turned to Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping for motivation and coaching throughout her belly blasting journey. In addition to the physical work, to get results out you've got to put the right food in.
"And you get one cheat day a week and I live for that cheat day!" Said Haight.
There's no denying that sticking with it takes plenty of will power, but results make every punch, kick, and pushup worth it.
"I've lost 4 inches off my waist and 2% body fat and he said for somebody my age he was very impressed!" Said Haight.
She's also had less stress and is sleeping better at night. For Ann, deciding to lose the belly and join Farrell's gym has been a real life changer. But she's the first to tell you, this mission is far from over.
"I'm not done yet with my journey and I can still continue to do this but it just makes it a lot easier when you can see the progress and you want to keep going." Said Haight.
Ann initially signed up for Farrell's 10 week program but her results have convinced her to sign up for another three month session. For more information about getting rid of belly fat just call 877-AT-AVERA.