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The majority of my weight settles in my abdominal area resulting in my being an apple shape. I’m 154 pounds at 5’2”, so I’m a little overweight. I do sit-ups, crunches, roller skate and walk for exercise. I lose weight everywhere else but in my abdominal area. What foods can I decrease so the fat doesn’t settle in this area, and what foods can I increase that don’t settle there?

It is hard to spot reduce. The best advice I can give you is to eat a variety of whole grains, fruits and vegetables; and limit foods high in added sugar and fat. This is a good eating plan for everyone. Examples of high-fat and high-sugar foods would be chips, doughnuts, ice cream, candy bars and French fries.

There isn't one food or food group that will affect the abdominal area. Exercise is your best bet to reduce abdominal fat. You can seek out a personal trainer or a physical therapist who can help you work on exercises for that area. I would be happy to refer you, if you need one.

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