Belly Fat Causes

What is Visceral Fat (Belly Fat) | How and Why is it Dangerous

Belly Fat Causes – Check your Lifestyle for Clues

To lose that harmful visceral belly fat, it is important to realise where it came from. We must also consider that although our bodies are designed to function in the same way, our sex, unique genetics and lifestyle factors play a massive role in how our fat is stored throughout our lifetime.

Factors such as our eating habits and whether we know about nutritional science, the amount and quality of sleep we get each night, how often and the intensity of our exercise alongside how frequent our stress levels are elevated (chronic stress), all need to be placed into the equation. Our age and hormonal shifts such as menopause or andropause, also need to be accounted for.

It is safe to say that by the age of 30 we should take an active interest in our hormonal levels and get them checked regularly. As you will come to find out, it is extremely important to acknowledge the power of the endocrine system, our hormones and keeping these levels within a healthy balance.

Understanding belly fat causes, (essentially what mistakes you have been making) the dangers and influence belly fat (visceral fat) has on the organs it surrounds and identifying what needs to be done will be discussed.

The Types of Fat (The Unsightly and the Deadly)

Subcutaneous Fat

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.

Visceral Fat

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 around 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.

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The increase of belly fat (visceral fat storage) may be a result of:

Belly Fat (Visceral Fat) is Dangerous and Can Cause Death!

  • Fat cells are known to act independently as an organ pumping out hormones and inflammatory substances called Cytokines.
  • Cytokines interfere with hormones that regulate one’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 cytokines act on distant cells (endocrine action).

The danger of belly fat is that it leads to suffering a reduced quality of life and ultimately death:

Insulin Resistance and Visceral Fat Storage
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