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FALL 2014

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3 0 S P I R I T O F W O M E N FA L L 2 014 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m S P I R I T H E A L T H C O A C H By Kelly Burgess BANISH BELLY FAT! W hen your favorite jeans just won't zip up, it's easy to vow that the belly fat has to go. But it's not necessarily the belly fat you can see—or pinch—that should have you con- cerned, says Dr. Melina Jampolis, a board certified physician nutrition specialist and author of "The Calen- dar Diet" (Wagging Tail Press, 2012). "Many people are confused about what belly fat actually is," says Dr. Jampolis. "It is the fat located deeper inside the belly that causes a beer belly type of appearance (or apple shape, as it is often called). This type of fat is dangerous because it leads to inflammation and insulin resistance, which can increase your risk of diseases including diabetes, heart disease, Alzheim- er's disease and more."

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