Most of us believe that thin people are generally healthy while heavier ones are not. And while being thin is usually better in terms of health, there’s a very important exception to this rule. In fact, there’s one scenario where it’s actually better to be obese than “skinny-fat”.
You’ve seen them all around you: guys and girls who are (for the most part) slim except for their bulging belly. Well, as it turns out this is much more than a little weight to take off. It’s actually deadly.
Let me explain…
When it comes to belly fat, you have two kinds: subcutaneous and visceral. The former sits right under your skin. You can feel it (and it even jiggles when you jog). This is essentially harmless. The latter, however, is a different story. This lies deep inside your abdomen – wrapped around your organs. In contrast to the former, you can’t feel this one, but nevertheless, its presence is alarming.
So, what’s the big deal you might ask?
Simple, visceral fat leads to inflammatory changes throughout your body. These result in a host of problems form heart disease to cancer and everything else between. Yes, visceral fat is THAT bad. It doesn’t matter if you’re skinny or if your BMI is normal. Carrying this type of fat is very bad news.
According to new research from the Mayo Clinic, people with normal BMI’s who are apple shaped (i.e. have a high waist-to-hip ratio) are more likely to die from any cause than obese people with a normal waist-to-hip ratio. Furthermore, they’re 2.75 times more likely to die from heart disease.
In short, if you plan on being fat, it’s better to be fat all over than just at the waist. Now, in all seriousness… no one “plans” to be fat. Furthermore, you can’t choose where that fat will end up. Unfortunately for women, they seem to store more visceral fat as they hit menopause and beyond. But still, this affects us all.
Now, while you don’t have control over where your fat gets stored… you do have control over storing it in the first place. In other words, a sensible diet and exercise program will both help you lose visceral fat and keep it off in the long run.
That’s right, as scary as this type of fat sounds (and is) getting rid of it is simple. So what do you say: isn’t today a great day to get started?