Originally Posted by Aera
Sorry if I gave the impression that anyone should be inactive, in fact in both responses i stated doing cardio and weight training, that is far from being sedentary. And this must also be done at least 4 days a week in most cases. How much and what you eat is just as important. What I talk about is very specific and much more complicated then I can explain. But all anyone has to do is a google search on the phrases "body fat" or "belly fat" "abs" etc, and what you will find are numerous sites dedicated to true fitness and not just someone losing weight and dropping numbers on a scale where they basically become a smaller version of their fat selves. Meaning, they will weigh less, yes. But they will still be fat and out of shape.
Oh no Aera, I only meant that we were all saying the same thing, but addressing multiple issues. This just illustrates what a complex thing keeping in shape is. If it wasn't, we'd all have washboard abs and no saddle bags or love-handles or flabby arms or all the other stuff that drives us crazy!
Sorry if I gave you the impression I was disagreeing with your observations. You're right, you can have a normal body weight and still have a problem area. And having fat concentrated around the mid-section seems to carry special risk for heart disease so it's definitely an important thing to address if that's the thing you're having trouble with. And, as you said, just losing weight won't necessarily reduce this area.