"Once you've generated fat tissue, you can't destroy it—you can only shrink it," says Alan Marcus, MD, a physician in private practice in Laguna Hills, California, who specializes in diabetes management and endocrinology. But if you've already packed a few pounds around your middle, you'll still do yourself a world of good by taking off some of it.
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And you don't have to lose much to make a difference in your health. "If you lose only 10 percent of your body weight, you can drastically reduce your risk for diabetes and other conditions," Dr. Vagnini says.
The tips below will help you lose weight throughout your entire body, including your abdomen. "Despite the claims that devices that shake or massage belly fat will shrink your middle, no one has really come up with one strategy per se that specifically targets abdominal fat over other types of fat," Dr. Goldstein says.