Why Belly Fat Is More Serious Than Not Getting Into Your Skinny Jeans
Belly fat isn’t just about muffin tops and having to wear elasticated waist bands while your jeans are still in your closet. Belly fat can be more dangerous than actually being obese.
Too much abdominal fat is dangerous, and more dangerous than other types of fat on your body. There are two types of fat in your abdominal area:
- subcutaneous fat – covers your abs, and lies between your skin and on top of your muscles
- visceral fat – lies deeper in your abdomen, below your muscles and around your organs
Both types of fat pose health risks, but excess visceral fat is even more dangerous than subcutaneous fat. The reason is that visceral fat is inflammatory. It causes the release of molecules which cause inflammation in the body, a precursor to many health problems. It also creates and releases hormones and almost becomes like another organ in your body. But functioning in a harmful way in the background.
Both types of fat increase your risk of developing high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, various types of cancer and other diseases.
How to check your waist
Checking your waist circumference will tell you if you need to lose some abdominal fat, compared to BMI which reflects your whole body.
Get a tape measure and measure your waist circumference. As a rough guide:
Women: between 31.5 and 34.6 inches is overweight, and over than 34.6 inches is obese
Men: between 37 and 40 inches is overweight and over 40 inches is obese
How to shift the fat and make this your last ever diet
The good news is that abdominal fat comes off fairly easily and quickly with calorie control or exercise.
You can achieve your breakthrough by following a calorie controlled plan, so that you burn fat instead of storing it.