Few people still believe that bodyfat is but a mere obstacle to fitting in their skinny jeans. The constant barrage of obesity news headlines have made sure of that.
But while most of us know that carrying extra weight is unhealthy – not many realize just how deadly it can be. In fact, if you have too much of a certain kind of fat – your risk of disease literally skyrockets.
Do I have your attention?
Good, because the following few paragraphs just might save your life. Let’s start at the beginning…
Essentially, there are two different types of bodyfat: subcutaneous and visceral. Now, too much of either isn’t good for you but the second one is much, much worse.
The former sits right under your skin while the latter lies deep inside your abdomen. And that’s what makes it so dangerous. It basically envelopes your organs like your liver, pancreas, and kidneys.
So, what’s the big deal, you ask? We’ll get to that in a moment. But first, here’s how to tell the difference between the two.
Subcutaneous fat can be grabbed with your hands. Try this now: pinch a skin-fold from your belly. Do you feel that? That’s subcutaneous fat. Again, it’s not good for you, but it’s not all that bad either. On the other hand, you can’t grab visceral fat because it’s deep inside you. And like mentioned above, this stuff can literally kill you.
Visceral fat secretes a large amount of inflammatory substances. Subcutaneous fat does this as well, but not as much (and hence, why it’s not as dangerous). Now, these inflammatory substances go on to cause atherosclerosis (i.e. hardening of the arteries) which eventually leads to heart disease, stroke, dementia, etc… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Given that, it’s important to know what causes visceral fat accumulation so you can avoid it and/or burn off any you may be carrying. In short, the same things that lead to inflammation (and disease) throughout your body also promote visceral fat storage: sugar, soda, alcohol, bread, grains, and trans-fats.
Cut these from your diet and see how fast you’ll not only lose weight, but optimize your health as well. Additionally, exercise is also a fantastic way to quickly reduce both inflammation and visceral fat.
Now, one more very important thing before we wrap up…
If you’re not necessarily overweight it doesn’t mean you’re safe. In fact, you can actually be skinny but be carrying a good amount of this deadly fat. This is typically seen in thin people who never exercise. Therefore, even if you don’t have a weight problem, you should still eat clean and get plenty of activity. It will keep you young, fit, and healthy… and you’ll feel much better too.