- December 1, 2015
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- Posted by: Health Advisor
Fat, believe it or not, is essential for survival. Your body needs it for organ protection and the release of energy. However, it’s also important to know about the different types of body fat building up in your body. For example, if you have too much visceral fat, that can be dangerous.
There are two types of body fat: The first is the subcutaneous fat, which hides itself beneath the skin and sits over the muscle. Although it may not look all that pretty, it is not too harmful. But then there is visceral fat, and yes, you need to be worried about that.
Visceral fat will often start building up in the abdomen, and if you continue eating the wrong foods, this type of fat will just continue piling up as you grow bigger and rounder until you’ve got that “apple shape” form to your body.
Here’s why belly fat is more dangerous than obesity:
It is worse than all other types of fat
Fat stored in say, your thighs, just sits there; the fat stored in your midsection (called visceral fat) is biologically active. Experts think of it more like an extra organ or gland because it produces hormones that can affect your health, especially those related to appetite and metabolism, like adiponectin and leptin. Visceral fat also increases your risk for type 2 diabetes (excess fat interferes with blood sugar-regulating insulin) and lung problems (less room in the chest means decreased lung function).
It harms your heart
Visceral fat also pumps out cytokines, proteins normally associated with the immune system, which can up your risk for heart disease by promoting constant low-level inflammation and insulin resistance. Fatty acids released by belly fat are also linked to higher LDL or “bad” cholesterol and lower HDL or “good” cholesterol.
High body fat causes cardiovascular diseases
For decades health practitioners and food guidelines have been promoting the notion that fats found in eggs, butter, and meats are the cause behind those skyrocketing rates of heart diseases. However, your body’s real enemy this whole time is sugar (in all forms) that you consume on a daily basis. Sugar will add those extra pounds, and the intra-abdominal fat (that big belly), can lead to high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and can prevent your body from properly using insulin. All of this can put you at serious risk for cardiovascular disease.