Ask the doctor: Battling belly fat

Q. I've noticed my belly getting larger in the last five years or so. I walk about half a mile every day and lift weights twice a week. I've cut back on big meals, but nothing gets rid of the belly fat.

A. Your problem is a common one. Unfortunately, there is no magical way to reduce fat around your middle. You're already doing many of the right things—eating less, burning calories, and building your muscle mass.

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