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Banish belly fat with these ab-sculpting workouts

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Having a flat stomach is not just about turning heads at the beach or zipping up your jeans – research has shown that belly fat is linked to several health issues for men and women.

The problem with belly fat, according to the Mayo Clinic, is that it's not limited to the extra layer of padding located just below the skin (subcutaneous fat). It also includes visceral fat — which lies deep inside your abdomen, surrounding your internal organs.

Studies have linked visceral fat to health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, bowel cancer and sleeping issues.

We’ve found 11 great ab workouts that will help you reduce belly fat and strengthen your core, which will improve your posture, balance and stability and protect your back.

So click through this workout collection to find the ones that work for you.

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