I used to think there was only one type of body fat, the kind you saw and needed to lose. But now, I’m learning there are different types that can haunt your body especially in the abdominal area and some are more dangerous for your health than others.
Abdominal fat primarily forms from eating lots of high fat foods or those with refined sugar. If you don’t move enough or get enough exercise for long periods of time you will develop more abdominal fat quicker over time. Lifestyle factors, such as not getting enough sleep or being stressed also contribute to developing this type of fat.
One type of fat is subcutaneous fat. This fat builds up right under the skin. You can easily see it protruding from the belly and other places on the body. It gives you that big belly look. While no body fat is easy to lose, you can shake this type of fat easier than visceral fat.
Visceral fat is the type you don’t see as it lurks inside the body. Called viscera fat, it is found in the abdominal area and is influential in causing metabolic syndrome by encrusting vital organs like the liver, kidneys and stomach with fat.
Excessive deposits of visceral fat around the organs is also associated with health issues such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, dementia, hormonal imbalances, and insulin resistance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
Even if you don’t see visceral fat, most people have some of it, especially those who don’t get enough movement, are sedentary, chronically stressed, or maintain an unhealthy diet. Losing any form takes commitment but visceral fat is more difficult to shake taking more than targeted exercises like sit ups or crunches. You have to learn how to move and eat correctly by maintaining a healthy diet and getting enough cardiovascular activity on a daily basis.