After examining the fat lost around the trained muscle compared to the "resting muscle" they found lipolysis (fat loss) was generally higher in the fat adjacent to contracting muscle compared to the resting muscle. Again noting, "Blood flow and lipolysis (fat loss) was higher" in the trained leg they concluded, "Thus specific exercises can induce "spot lipolysis" in adipose tissue."
The stress hormone cortisol can really screw with your belly. The problem with cortisol is two-fold: First, the chemical makeup of cortisol causes the body to store visceral fat. Visceral fat is stored between your main organs and in the midsection and is the most dangerous type of fat. Experts state that visceral fat increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease.