Belly fat is visceral deep fat, while subcutaneous fat settles just beneath your skin. Visceral fat potentially increases the risk for many diseases; it produces biochemical signals that promote inflammation in the body.
According to a NYT article, Ask Well: Reducing Belly Fat sit-ups are useless for losing belly fat, and you would be better off taking a walk. That I knew. What didn’t know was that exercise might actually target visceral fat more than subcutaneous fat.
One study showed that exercise disproportionately targets visceral fat,and a meta study concluded:
“A comprehensive 2013 review concluded that programs combining aerobic exercise and occasional sessions of weight training were superior to either type of exercise alone at reducing belly fat.”