The Dangers Of Having Belly Fat

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A sizable  belly fat is not something to be proud of. It  may even carry more serious consequences health wise than any other factors. Aside from being unsightly, excess belly fat can increase the risk to certain health conditions. This indicates that losing those fats is important for people to stay healthier and reduce the risks of certain health conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Types of Fat

There are two types of fat that people may have on their bellies. There is the subcutaneous fat which is found just under the skin surface. It is the type of fat that people can squeeze between fingers. What people should be more worried about is visceral fat, the type of fat found deeper into the belly. It is usually the type of fat that can suffocate different organs inside the body.

Dangers of Visceral Fats

While most people might think of belly fat as a readily available source of energy that the body can access when there is a low supply on food, there is more to it than that. Recent research has found out that fats also produce compounds called cytokines. These compounds act like hormones that can increase low-grade inflammation known to play a role in many conditions such as metabolic syndrome, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. This is especially true to visceral fat. Some of the visceral fat can even proceed to the liver and stay there. Accumulation of such fats lead to a condition known as fatty liver. This can then progress into liver inflammation and even worsen into cirrhosis. A lot of people think that you have to be overweight in order to have too much fat. However, there are certain instances where even thin people can have too much visceral fat. Being situated deep in the tissues makes them unnoticeable from the outside.

How To Know

There are many ways to determine if you have too much visceral fat. Having a waist that is around 40-inch in circumference is just one of them. Combine that with having high blood pressure levels and an elevated triglycerides or LDL cholesterol (lipids) levels, then you might have a problem with too much visceral fat.

In order to let go  of too much visceral fat, a lifestyle change may be needed. Weight loss may be necessary. People might also need regular exercise in order to help burn up those fats. High-intensity workouts are most effective in taking care of visceral fat. Eating the right foods is also important. People should learn to cut back on saturated fats found in animal-based foods. Cutting back on sugar and simple processed carbohydrates will also help. Eating more “whole” foods which are high in fiber like whole grains, fruits and vegetables is recommended. Eating more vegetables can also help since most of them contain natural compounds that help in reducing inflammation.


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