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Despite the fact that belly fat may be an annoying part of your body or an ugly aesthetic item, there are several reasons to lose belly fat. In this article, I’ll try to help you understand belly fat and its risks. Because if you really understand your enemy, it’s easier to defeat it ;).
First of all, let me explain the differences between the two types of belly fat:
Two types of belly fat
Belly fat is the annoying pudge that many of us have in our midsection. It’s that pudding we don’t like. That muffin top nobody wants… But did you know that there are two types of belly fat?
1. Subcutaneous fat
Subcutaneous fat is the type of fat that is located just beneath the skin. This is the type of fat that you can see and pinch. It tends to accumulate in areas like the hips, thighs, and buttocks, but it can also accumulate in the abdomen. While excess subcutaneous fat can contribute to an individual’s overall body weight, it is not considered to be as harmful as the other type of fat: visceral fat.
2. Visceral fat
Visceral fat, on the other hand, is the type of fat that is located deep within the abdominal cavity and surrounds vital organs such as the liver, pancreas, and intestines. This type of fat is not visible from the outside, and can only be detected through imaging tests like MRI or CT scans. Visceral fat is considered to be more harmful than subcutaneous fat because it is metabolically active and can release hormones and chemicals that can cause inflammation and insulin resistance, leading to health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
While both types of fat can contribute to an individual’s overall body weight, visceral fat is considered to be more harmful to health than subcutaneous fat. This is why it’s important to not just focus on overall weight loss, but also to target the reduction of belly fat, particularly visceral fat, to improve health and reduce the risk of health problems associated with excess body fat.
How do we get belly fat?
So, why and how do we get belly fat? Well, there are a few different factors. Consuming a diet high in processed foods, sugar, and saturated fats can contribute to excess belly fat. Additionally, if you’re not exercising (or at least moving your body) regularly, you’re more likely to gain belly fat. And unfortunately, as we age, our metabolism slows down, which means our bodies store more fat, including in our belly area.
But it’s not just an aesthetic concern. Excess belly fat can also be harmful to your health. People with a larger waist circumference are at a higher risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, and type 2 diabetes. This is because visceral fat can release hormones and chemicals that can cause inflammation and insulin resistance, leading to these serious health problems.
The good news is that you can reduce your belly fat and your risk of developing these health problems. Of course, exercise is a key component to losing belly fat. But you can’t out-exercise a bad diet. Eating a diet high in fiber-rich foods, lean protein, and healthy fats can help you lose weight and reduce your belly fat. Additionally, reducing your intake of processed foods, sugar, and saturated fats can also help.
It’s important to understand the different types of belly fat and the health risks associated with excess belly fat. But with a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, a balanced diet, and stress management, you can reduce your risk of developing health problems associated with excess belly fat.
Here on FatFreeBelly.com I’m dedicated to helping you lose belly fat. So, let’s get moving and say goodbye to that stubborn belly!