Many people dream of having flat stomachs, toned stomachs, and washboard abs. There are valid reasons to lose belly fat, and they have much more to do with your general health than with how you look. While a trim middle can be challenging to achieve without a strict lifestyle and a dash of advantageous genetics, there are good reasons to lose belly fat. Even those who have flat abs have some belly fat. That is typical. However, excess belly fat has a different negative impact on health than other types of fat. Your skin contains some of your fat. A deeper layer of fat surrounds your heart, lungs, liver, and other internal organs. Even for thin people, the bigger issue may be that deeper fat known as “visceral” fat. The fat does not remain motionless. Your body’s active system produces “a lot of nasty substances.” Your body begins to store fat in odd places if you gain too much weight. With rising obesity, you have individuals whose normal fat-storage organs and areas around the heart become overloaded with fat. Check your girth by getting a measuring tape and wrapping it around your waist at the belly button. Make sure the tape measure is level and take the measurement while standing up. Your waist should measure less than 35 inches for women and less than 40 inches for men for health reasons. An “apple shape,” which refers to a wider waistline, is riskier than a “pear shape,” which refers to larger hips and thighs. With the apple versus pear comparison, we’re actually trying to illustrate that having more abdominal fat is probably a sign that you also have more visceral fat.