Potbellies don’t have to happen as we age, according to two studies done on twins published online in the International Journal of Obesity.

The studies, led by senior author Ana Valdes, from the University of Nottingham in the UK, found that weight gain and belly fat were not entirely explained by the number of calories consumed. Belly fat was linked to specific foods that made up the diet, gut bacteria, and metabolites in the blood produced by gut bacteria.

By studying twins, the researchers could eliminate differences in metabolism due to genetic differences that might have affected study… more

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