What type of belly fat do you have?
The Types of Fat (The Unsightly and the Deadly)
Location: Directly Under Skin
Subcutaneous fat is that which you can see and pinch, which is located directly under the skin. It is soft when you poke at it and though we don’t like wearing it, subcutaneous fat is not the dangerous fat that leads to disease and death.
Location: Abdominal Region, Belly Fat, Surrounds and Blankets Vital Organs
The fat you should worry about is visceral fat (belly fat). Visceral fat is stored in your abdominal cavity, blanketing organs such as the pancreas, kidneys, liver and intestines. It is that which makes your belly feel firm and is of a gel-like consistency.
The increase of belly fat (visceral fat storage)Â may be a result of:
Common Causes of Belly Fat
- Unhealthy Eating Habits
Wrong Food, Wrong Time of Day, Lack of Nutrients
Excess Alcohol Consumption – ie) Beer Belly
Too much sugar and carbohydrates
Muscle nutrition offers insight into healthy eating
- Sleeplessness and Insomnia
Both the amount and the quality of sleep we get each night is of great importance. Sleep isÂ a period in the 24 hr circadian cycle that is where we do our best maintenance on the body, right down to the cellular level.
Delta waves are present in deep sleep and GH peaks in this environment, offering a highly anabolic arena from which to benefit. Sleep loss, particularly that which occurs regularly, has the ability to promote hormonal dysfunction.
Weight gain is often the resultÂ ofÂ sleep deprivation., the amount and quality of sleep we get each nightÂ is important to the maintenance of our health.
- Chronic Stress – High Cortisol Levels Â
Stress levels are high in today’s world. The number of roles we play, the number of chemicals we have exposure to, our bodies are under constant attack with cortisol levels being elevated consistently. Chronic stress causes a consistent hike in cortisol which has been linked to weight gain. We need to learn how to reduce high cortisol levels so our health does not suffer the consequences of hormonal dysregulation.
- Inactivity – Lack of Physical Exercise and Activity
As we grow older, we often become better-educated regarding the right way to exercise in order to maintain muscle mass andÂ vitality. Studies haveÂ revealed thatÂ the intensity of our training regime is of the utmost importance inÂ maintaining a healthy weight. We must support muscle hypertrophy by keeping in mind, what our muscle cells need to grow bigger and stronger.
Belly Fat is Dangerous and Can Cause Death!
- BellyÂ fat is toxic for it has been known to provoke inflammatory pathways â€“ which is the first sign of impending disease.
- Fat cells are known to act independently as an organ pumping out hormones and inflammatory substances called Cytokines.
- Cytokines interfere with hormones that regulate oneâ€™s appetite, weight, mood and even plays havoc on brain function.
- Cytokines may act on the very cells that are responsible for secreting them (autocrine action).
- Cytokines may also act on nearby cells which is referred to as a paracrine action.
- Sometimes cytokinesÂ act on distant cells (endocrine action).
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