Fats that accumulate in the stomach can cause many adverse health effects. Nothing wrong if from now reduce the fat in the stomach, because it can improve the function of blood vessels.
A study by Hopkins researchers for 6 months found that missing belly fat could make the arteries expand better when needed, allowing more free flowing blood.
In addition participants in studies that do low-carbohydrate diet also lose weight about 10 kg compared with participants who do low-fat diet. This is beneficial because being overweight increases the risk of heart disease, especially if the fat accumulates in the upper abdomen of the waist.
"After 6 months, those on a low carbohydrate diet lost more weight than those on low-fat diets, thus reducing the amount of fat in their stomachs," says professor Kerry J Stewart, Ed.D., of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. MedIndia, Thursday (03/15/2012).
Stewart noted that participants who do low-carbohydrate diet lose weight more and faster than low-fat diet. This is because if the amount of carbohydrates is high it will slow the rate of body fat loss.
In this study, researchers involved 60 overweight men and women and divided into groups of carbohydrate diets and fat diets. Researchers also evaluated the health of participants by performing blood vessel screening before and after the program.
The researchers performed blood flow tests in the upper arm for 5 minutes using a blood pressure cuff. When the cuff is released, the healthy arteries widen and allow more blood to flow. Researchers measure how much blood can reach the fingertips before, during and after artery narrowing.
"When abdominal fat disappears, the greater the blood flow to the finger becomes a better signal for arterial function.This test will give an indication of the overall health of the vascular system throughout the body," said Prof Stewart.
The results of this study have been reported by Stewart at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Denver, USA. These results indicate that weight loss plus exercise can improve the health of the blood vessels.