When we talk about body fat it’s really important that you understand that there are two types of fat, one is subcutaneous which makes up about 80% of the fat and the other is visceral., the fat around our organs. The subcutaneous fat is the visible fat, like baby rolls, the fat you can pinch and a necessity for our bodies in small amounts.
It keeps us warm and protects our organs. The second type of fat is visceral fat which is stored around our middles, and the reason why this is so dangerous is because you can’t really see it but it is stored dangerously around our vital organs. The more visceral fat you have, the higher your risk of serious disease like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer and Aslzheimers. It also hampers the way our livers function. The only way to really measure the amount of visceral fat we have is to have a body scan.
As with many health conditions, the symptoms can be reversed by putting into play a few simple and very effective changes to your lifestyle. Add some exercise into your daily routine and figure out a healthier nutritional plan that you can follow, with less, salt, less saturated fat, sugar and red meat. Visceral fat is really responsive to cardio but make sure you really work up a sweat.
An indicator that you may be at risk of developing some of the serious diseases I mentioned earlier, is by taking your waist circumference. A man with a waist over 40 inches or a woman over 38 inches is at serious risk even if you are relatively healthy and active.
The good news is, small steps, massive changes and you can make a big difference to your overall health and well being.