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Visceral fat: You can lose this harmful belly fat by avoiding sugar-sweetened drinks

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If you want to reduce your belly fat, then you have to avoid those refreshing sugar-sweetened drinks.

When a person gains extra weight, it usually shows up in the tummy area and that's what we came to know as belly fat.

Poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress are sure to get you those belly fats, of which there are two kinds—subcutaneous and visceral. And, between the two, visceral fats are the more harmful.

Visceral fats are those dense fats that are found inside the abdominal cavity and surround vital organs like the liver, pancreas, and intestines.

More than looking good or having a sexy body, the main reason why you should strive to get rid of your belly fat is that it can put your health at risk.

Excess belly fats should be avoided because it can increase your risk for heart attacks, stroke, heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer, asthma, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

One of the ways to reduce belly fat is to change your diet. For some this will be drastic as you will have to eliminate processed food and food that has high sugar content including sugar-sweetened drinks.

And, this is one of the ways you can slowly start reducing your belly fat, by cutting out on the sugar-sweetened drinks.

According to a study, drinking sugar-sweetened beverages every day could increase the visceral fat in your body. And, some people do not just drink these beverages once, they drink it more than once in a day.

Among the sugar-sweetened drinks that you should avoid are regular soda, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened waters, even coffee and tea that have been added with sugars.

Instead of reaching out for these drinks, get used to water or swap your sugar-sweetened drinks with green tea.

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