How Excess Abdominal Fat Isn’t Just UGLY, it’s Downright DANGEROUS For Your Health!
The difference between the two different types of body fat…and the simple tricks to ELIMINATE this fat forever!
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CES—Level 1 Certified Precision Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer
Although you may be thin or not carry a lot of fat around your belly, this is still a serious health warning for you.
This article focuses on the dangerous types of fat that cover the bodies of both men and women…
…even if you only have a slight amount of fat covering your body!
FACT: Everyone around you (and that includes you) carries around some degree of fat on their bodies. It’s true!
According to recent statistics, 70 percent of the population is now considered overweight or obese—by certain medical standards.
And most of these people are found in “westernized” societies—or where processed foods, high sugar, and trans-fats monopolize the diet.
Now, for most people, the first thought that comes to mind when thinking about fat is “ugly,” while finding the fastest way to cover it up without lowering their self-esteem or confidence.
But the truth is: No matter how you cover up your nasty fat--it’s still going to be there, which often leads to awkwardness, depression, or lack of confidence associated with being overweight.
What most people refuse to understand, however, is that belly fat…thigh fat…or hip fat is not just UGLY to look at…
…but extremely dangerous to your health! Research has clearly established a link between excess body fat (hip, thigh, chest, etc.) as being unhealthy and a major risk factor for developing a major health crisis.
It has shown that there is one type of fat that is worse for your health than all the others—excess abdominal fat!
Before I get into the research, there is something important you need to know:
There are two different types of fat that cover your belly. The first kind (the one you think is ugly) that lies directly under your skin is called subcutaneous fat. It lies on top of your muscles and is more unpleasing to look at.
The second type of fat is visceral fat, which lies deeper in your body and oftentimes wraps itself around your organs. Since visceral fat lies below your abdominal muscles, it may lead to a “potbelly” or a “beer belly (in men),” meaning it protrudes out and over the waist and often, it is very hard when you touch it.
Studies confirm that both subcutaneous and visceral fat are dangerous for your health, but science has shown that one is worse than the other. According to countless research studies, visceral fat is far more dangerous to your health than subcutaneous fat.
Studies also show that both types of fat may increase your risk for chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, altered cholesterol, sleep apnea, stroke, and cancer.
Although partly to blame, subcutaneous fat is just a small part of the problem.
Researchers have concluded that visceral fat—over a consistent basis—releases more inflammatory molecules into your system, therefore damaging, destroying, or changing the structure (and ultimately) the function of healthy cells.
How do you accumulate visceral fat?
The accumulation of visceral fat may be attributed to a high carbohydrate and sugar diet. This type of diet frequently leads to insulin resistance (constantly cramming carbohydrate foods and sugar into your system, leads to higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, which causes your body to be unable to use insulin efficiently).
Also, high fructose diets (too much high fructose corn syrup) may also contribute to an increase in visceral fat levels.
How to get rid of excess visceral fat and subcutaneous abdominal (belly) fat?
Although different things work for different people, in order to right this wrong in your body, you need to exercise as much as you can during your free time and follow a sound nutrition program.
There are countless studies and experts prove this point—that the combination of diet and exercise works wonders on both types of fat.
Study after study confirms that both diet and exercise play an important role in losing abdominal fat and visceral fat. In fact, one study in particular showed that those using diet alone, lost significantly LESS belly fat and visceral fat compared to the combined (diet plus exercise) group.
Changing these two aspects resulted in MORE visceral and abdominal fat lost:
1. Different Exercise Forms
Strength training and higher intensity exercise were the most effective at putting a dent into stubborn belly fat and, the much deadlier, visceral fat.
Steady state cardio (or the slower type of cardio) was the least effective at reducing abdominal masses (either subcutaneous or visceral).
Strength training and interval type training may be more efficient for controlling blood sugar (or lowering blood sugar), which could lead to better sensitivity in insulin.
Both of these forms of exercise could also stimulate your metabolism…stimulate the increase in lean muscle mass (good for controlling blood sugar)…and boost the secretion of fat-burning hormones by your own body.
(Yes, your body has 6 specific fat-burning hormones that work closely together to increase metabolism, burn fat, and maintain lean muscle mass. However, certain factors (clogged liver, toxins, etc.) could render these hormones ineffective, therefore increase abdominal and visceral fat stores. To change your body—and unclog your liver—you need the right dietary approach which you can find here…)
2. Getting on the RIGHT Diet
As previously mentioned, one way to increase visceral fat (and abdominal fat) is to eat a more “westernized” diet—filled with processed foods, high carbs, trans-fats, and plenty of sugar.
One characteristic of this type of diet is how it increases your blood sugar due to eating high amounts of carbs and sugar.
One of the fastest ways to lower your visceral fat and abdominal fat is to cut down on added sugar (and that includes ELIMINATING high fructose corn syrup), processed carbs, unhealthy fats, and increasing your intake of fibrous foods.
This simple step could stabilize your blood sugar levels, which could lead to a more insulin sensitive environment.
Increasing your intake of healthy fats (aka. coconut oil, nuts, avocados, olive oil, krill oil, grass-fed butter, free-range eggs, wild-caught fatty fish, etc.), could also improve insulin sensitivity and improve blood sugar levels.
(REMEMBER: the diet you're on now, may not be conducive to losing belly fat or visceral fat due to the high intake of grains and processed carbohydrates)
I have another important tip on the next page for reducing stubborn abdominal fat and disease-causing visceral fat.
Discover, for yourself, which veggies DESTROY abdominal fat (plus, how they cleanse your liver of toxins to eliminate stuck on fat and visceral fat):
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