As a Weight Management Coach anytime I come across people with “Pot BELLY”.
I feel uncomfortable due to some knowledge I have about Abdominal Fat.
Abdominal Fat is categorised into Subcutaneous & Visceral Fat.
Of all the body fat we have.The most dangerous of all is ” VISCERAL FAT”.
Both types of fat are dangerous to your health, but it is the visceral fat that can cause serious damage simply because it is so close to your organs. It is believed that visceral fat releases large quantities of inflammatory molecules into your body on a consistent basis, exposing nearby organs to potentially toxic chemicals produced by the fat.
Visceral fat is body fat that is stored within the abdominal cavity and is therefore stored around a number of important internal organs such as the liver, pancreas and intestines.
Visceral fat is sometimes referred to as ‘active fat’ because research has shown that this type of fat plays a distinctive and potentially dangerous role affecting how our hormones function.
Storing higher amounts of visceral fat is associated with increased risks of a number of health problems including type 2 diabetes.
It is important to define the difference between visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous fat is the fat that we store just under our skin. The fat we may be able to feel on our arms and legs is subcutaneous fat.
A growing belly can be the result of both types of fat. The fat we can feel just under the skin is subcutaneous fat but we may also be storing significant extra fat within our abdomen where our organs reside. This intra-abdominal fat is our visceral fat.
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