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The "Active" Fat in Your Body


When you hear the term "active fat," doesn't it make you think that the fat would might not be that bad for you!  You know…because it's active, right? 

Well, if you think that, you are wrong. As it turns out, that "active fat," also knows as visceral fat, is actually worse for you than the other subcutaneous fat you may have which hangs out just under your skin.

You can actually see the subcutaneous fat on your arms, your waist, tummy, back, legs…and it's annoying because it affects how you feel about yourself, and makes it harder to find cute clothes.

The reason why the "active fat" is worse for you is that it is deep in your abdomen and could be hugging your organs, veins and arteries making it harder for the organs to work at their peak momentum.

It’s called active fat because when it is getting all cozy with your organs, it can actually become a part of the organs and start to take some of the cellular functions of the organs into the fat!

That's why it's called active fat. And that actually sounds a bit scary! 

It is normal to have SOME visceral fat, but too much can be dangerous.

You can find a video explaining with more scientific terms and showing a study at the end of the post.
The Active Fat in Your Body


Thin People Can Be Hiding Visceral Fat as Well


If you think because you're thin that you don't have visceral fat, you could be wrong. Even people who look like they don't need to worry about it could have visceral fat hanging out deep inside their abdomen.

How is that so?

Do you know all the times that you are stressed out and feel like you are overwhelmed, or just don't want to take it anymore?

Well, that stress can cause a fight or flight response, which also is one of the causes of visceral fat, aka hard fat. You can tell it from other fat because it's not the squishy fat on your abdomen. If you have a protruding abdomen that feels hard, you probably have visceral fat there. For a guy, that could be your hard beer belly.

One clue for a woman is if your waist is 35 inches or larger, you should be thinking about how to lose some visceral fat for health reasons if for no other reason. The same goes for guys if your waist is 40 inches or larger.

OK…SO HOW'S THIS FOR A VICIOUS CYCLE. ..

Visceral fat has a type of receptor that actually attracts cortisol…you know the hormone that your body puts out when you're stressed. 

And when you are stressed, one of the things a lot of people like to do (me included) is to have comfort food…as in carbohydrates.

Guess what?

Those same carbohydrates go straight to the visceral fat, so that fat continues to grow, you get stressed again, eat more carbs, & grow the visceral fat even more. 

AAAACCH!!!

To top it off, you continue to feel worse and worse with more aches and pains.


ACTIVE FAT + INFLAMMATION

You've probably heard about how inflammation is bad for you and can cause diseases. 

Visceral fat is at it again when it comes to inflammation.

It makes you susceptible to diseases such as:

  • Heart disease & heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Alzheimer's disease


HOW TO GET RID OF VISCERAL FAT


So you can pretty much predict that considering carbohydrates create more visceral fat, that diet is going to be one of the main things to consider when you decide to challenge this "thing" that is growing in your body!

I'm sure you know that drill.

Eat healthier and include exercise in your daily routine…while aiming for both cardio and strength training.

Daily Actions = Success


It is so easy to get discouraged when you have a goal like this. What you have to remember is to not focus on the results…yet! When you start seeing some results, celebrate them.

But in the meantime, focus on taking daily actions toward your goal. Give yourself a little reward…say when you complete a week of healthy eating & exercise. 

Try to make it something a not food-related reward, but if you have to have food, keep it a one-time thing until the next celebration.

The results will come from those actions, and in the meantime, you have the daily small celebrations leading up to celebrating your success later on.

I was going to say at the end, but it actually should just become a lifetime habit!

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My most recent blood pressure measurement November 21, 2019P.S. Sometimes a little boost helps you get going on weight loss...at least that's what I've found!

I'm not one that usually likes any weight loss supplements, but with the natural one I'm using, I've had more energy without naps, and I can actually feel the areas that the fat is disappearing from. Not to mention I'm down a size in clothes. Yay!

The best part is it must be making me healthier because my blood pressure is now normally around 177/73....AND I never feel hungry! Good stuff!

Resources:

Gotter, Ana. "Visceral Fat." Published October 5, 2017. Medically Reviewed by Daniel Bubnis, MS, NASM-CPT NASE Level II-CSS, Specialty in fitness. https://www.healthline.com/health/visceral-fat.

Rose, Emma. "How to Lose Visceral Fat and Why It's So Bad For You." https://www.bulletproof.com/diet/weight-loss/how-to-lose-visceral-fat/

DeLauer, Thomas, Lead Nutrition Coach. "How to Burn This Type of Fat that Causes Belly Fat and Weight Gain." Sixpackabs.com. Video from Youtube.com