Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lets' talk about Visceral Fat....

Hey y'all... i've been talking about losing weight, gaining weight, maintaining weight, calories intakes and healthy lifestyle..

Now let me talk more in details about fat...what do we know about fat?

Fat is actually a nutrient that provides the body with 9 calories per gram. Aside from providing energy, it also has some other key functions which include aiding in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins and producing hormones. One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding this nutrient is that eating fat will make you fat. Fat does not make you fat, excess calories is responsible for that.

Visceral fat is different from other body fat. Visceral fat, also called intra-abdominal fat, refers to the fat that surrounds the internal organs.Subcutaneous fat, on the other hand, is body fat that is close to the skin’s surface and is considered less dangerous, and easier to lose, than visceral fat.

Visceral fat is harder to lose than subcutaneous fat because it is more deeply embedded in the body’s tissues. Visceral fat is only measured accurately by an imaging machine that can see how much of the abdomen is made up of visceral fat. A person may be within a healthy weight range, but still have too much intra-abdominal fat around the internal organs.

An excess of visceral fat is known as central obesity, or "belly fat", in which the abdomen protrudes excessively.  There is a strong correlation between central obesity and cardiovascular disease.  Excess visceral fat is also linked to type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, inflammatory disease and other obesity-related diseases.

Female sex hormone causes fat to be stores in the buttocks, thighs and hips in women.  Men are more likely to have stores in the belly to the sex hormone difference.  When women reaches menopause and the estrogen produced by ovaries declines, fat migrates from their buttocks, hips and thighs to their waists, later fat is stored in the belly. 

The liver metabolizes visceral fat and releases it into the bloodstream as cholesterol. Harmful, or “bad” cholesterol, which is Low-Density-Lipoprotein (LDL), builds up into a plaque that blocks the arteries. Losing weight through proper diet and effective exercise can help reduce visceral fat. How much fat a person eats does matter as studies have shown that those who eat 30% or more of their diets as fat usually have high amounts of visceral fat.

This is how and what it looks like..... in simple words...visceral fat is BONCHIT!!! :)

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