According to Los Angeles–based nutritionist Maggie Moon, RD, owner of Everyday Healthy Eating,"excess belly fat is even more dangerous than being generally overweight, since visceral fat can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, and dementia."

So, if you have been trying to cut down your gut without success, check out our list below to see what you have been doing wrong.