Discover Dr. Oz's secret to burning abdominal fat. Hint: it is not the gym.  

Belly fat, the kind that appears below stomach muscles about 40 and refuses to go away, is harmful  

Dr. Mehmet Oz also told USA TODAY that it is impossible to burn in the gym.  

This type of belly fat is more dangerous than other fat because it can lead to a variety of health issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and coronary heart disease.  

According to Oz, too many individuals today carry too much, resulting in a health "epidemic."  

A 14-year study of almost 15,000 adults published in 2015 found that normal-weight men with large bellies were twice as likely to die as obese men.  

The study, led by Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a Mayo Clinic cardiologist, found that women with normal weights and large bellies were 32% more likely to die than obese women.  

Oz stated that belly fat is an issue when a person's waist measurement (belly button to hips) exceeds half of their height.  

The good news is that a balanced diet can help reduce fat. Even one tweak can make an impact.   

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