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Looking to Reduce Belly Fat? Try this Type of Fiber

Have you seen those internet ads saying you can lose belly fat "with this one weird trick"? Well, researchers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre might have actually found something that works. It's not so 'weird' either... it's soluble fiber.

The study was published in the journal Obesity, on June 16, 2011.

The researchers conducted a 5 year study of 339 African Americans and 775 Hispanic Americans aged 18-81. They examined lifestyle factors—such as smoking, exercise, and diet—to determine effects on subcutaneous and visceral fat.

Subcutaneous fat is fat found near the surface of the skin, while visceral fat is found deep in the belly, near organs. Visceral fat is considered to be more dangerous to overall health, but is especially dangerous to cardiovascular health and diabetic risk.

Findings from this study showed that every increase of 10g of soluble fiber per day was associated with a 3.7 percent reduction in visceral fat, but no reduction in subcutaneous fat. Researchers measured diet and fiber intake with a semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire.

They also found that increased moderate activity resulted in a 7.4 percent reduction in visceral fat accumulation.

The researchers are looking to follow up this study over the summer. The next logical step is to see if supplementing soluble fiber with a widely available supplement will produce results similar to this study.

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