I think many will agree with me if I say that belly fat is ugly, for both women and men. But few people know that this is not just aesthetically pleasing, but also dangerous for your health. If you have every year a growing belly, and you think this is a feature of your figure, it’s possible you have cause for serious examination. What you think it is just fatty deposits, is likely visceral fat.
Visceral fat is internal fat, consisting of brown fat cells, which are located in the abdominal cavity and envelop the internal organs. Visceral fat has a protective function in the body and protects internal organs from external influences.
Subcutaneous and visceral fat: what’s the difference
There is some level of visceral fat in the human body for its normal functioning. On average, a person with a normal BMI, amount of visceral fat should be about 10%, and subcutaneous fat – 90%. But visceral fat tends to increase in volume when you maintain poor lifestyle, abundance in the diet and poor physical activity.
What is dangerous visceral fat
Visceral fat is an active substance involved in certain metabolic processes of the body. Visceral fat secretes hormones that affect many systems of the human body. In fact, he performs the function of any endocrine glands – glands of internal secretion.
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The composition of visceral fat is composed of many active substances that actively influence all areas of our body. That is why in large quantities it is dangerous to health and even human life.
Excess visceral fat causes diseases such as:
Diabetes of the 2nd type
I want to note that obesity is this type typical for both men and women. Very often we encounter today men with big bellies. They affectionately call it “beer belly”. And for good reason. Beer is known detrimental effect on the male hormone testosterone which prevents the male obesity. Therefore, men are less likely to be overweight.
But this applies only to those in whom the level of this hormone is high enough. Visceral fat blocks the release of this hormone. That is why a man starts even faster to gain weight, with all the ensuing consequences.
What is the difference in visceral fat from subcutaneous
Subcutaneous fat is at all. It helps us to have a back-up reserves in cases of lack of energy for body functions and in cases increasing the activity of the person. As the saying goes “While the thick dries, thin will die”.
That is, our body needs fat. He is keeping us warm and provide the body with the necessary energy. This stock is constantly updated. But if it is not used at the right time, the inventory becomes in excess of. But subcutaneous fat is not as dangerous as visceral. Subcutaneous fat is not involved in the internal processes of the body. Although, of course, in the body fat constantly the process of metabolism, fat digestion, water metabolism, etc.
In addition, subcutaneous fat can be removed with the help of plastic surgery. It is on the surface. And internal fat can not be removed. At least as far as I know, such operations not yet carried out. The most important discovery for scientists in this area was that after the test removed the part of subcutaneous fat, any improvements in health status were found. So he not plays a crucial role.
Scientists argue that the tendency to accumulate visceral fat is a credit to the genes. But, we know many examples when people went against their genes and achieved brilliant results.
How to determine the level of visceral fat
If you have a shape pear-shaped, that is, possess large hips, but relatively small waist, it is likely that visceral fat you have. Although this does not apply to men. If a man has a similar shape, it is an occasion to reflect on whether you have hormonal disorders. If you have a figure in the shape of an Apple, that is a big belly and thin, disproportionate limbs, it is likely that you have excess internal fat.
Your weight by itself cannot answer the question, how much subcutaneous fat you have, and how much visceral. The most accurate number will tell you doctor after a complete examination by a special technology. I will not go into details of this technology. Everyone is their own. Besides, I’m not strong in medical terms.
To find out if you have internal obesity you can own. But these measures are superficial and do not always meet the real situation.
The easiest way to measure the waist. The norm for women to 88 cm For men, 94 cm
Or, you can make calculations of the ratio: Measure your waist and hips (the widest part of the hips) and divide the waist circumference to the circumference of the hips. The resulting factor will show you the deviation from the norm. For women it is over 0,80 for men — in excess of 0.95.
Another easy way is tactile. Try out finger to compress the abdomen in the navel area. If you have to do it – congratulations. You are out of risk zone. If the density of the belly is too big – it can be an indicator of internal obesity.
How to get rid of visceral fat
To get rid of internal fat, you will not have to spend money to visit a plastic surgeon, cosmetologist or a massage therapist. Moreover, you generally have to cut their financial costs. First of all, food. Yes, that’s what I want to say. You will have to lose weight. Unless of course you want to live happily ever after.
First, you will need to reduce fatty foods. Especially animal fats. But this does not apply to omega-3 fatty acids.
Secondly, you need to exclude or to begin to reduce the consumption of simple carbohydrates is all sweet and flour, that getting into our bodies in excess is converted into fat. There is no secret. Correct and balanced nutrition and you will begin not only to lose weight, but also lose the inner fat.
How to prevent an increase in visceral fat
First of all, to prevent an increase in internal fat, should pay attention to those who are genetically predisposed to it. If your relatives suffer from obesity, heart complications, or vascular disease, diabetes, this is the first bell in order to think about their health. Genes can be defeated is a fact.
To prevent obesity you need to eat well. This means that proteins, fats and carbohydrates must act in your body in the correct proportions. And this means that simple carbohydrates and unsaturated fats should make up only a tiny fraction of your diet, not the bulk of it.
And of course, physical activity. Work your muscles, and cardiac muscles depends on your activity. Constantly work on these muscles, so they can do their job of fat burning and metabolism in good faith. Just give your body some time and attention, and he will answer you in return.published econet.ru.
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