How To Lose Stubborn Belly Fat,3 Easy Steps You Can Start Now

One of the first places excess fat shows up is in the belly.

Several health risks are associated with high levels of abdominal visceral fat. Some of these health risks include metabolic syndrome, stroke, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Losing excess weight in the belly is critical to improving health and well-being. The bad news is that there is no one magic way to lose belly fat. The good news is that there are several simple steps you can take to tackle this stubborn type of fat.

Different Types of Body Fat

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Body fat is critical for optimal health and wellbeing. It serves many essential metabolic functions. It also plays an important role in energy storage, acts as a cushion, and functions as an insulator against cold and heat.

Not all body fat is equal. There are 3 main types: brown, beige, and white (1). Both brown and beige fat is capable of thermogenesis, whereas white fat is not.

In other words, brown and beige fat burn energy, while white fat stores energy. Body fat in humans consists mostly of white fat. It is this white fat that builds up in obesity. White fat can further be classified into subcutaneous, visceral, and ectopic fat, depending on its location in the body.

Subcutaneous fat

Subcutaneous fat is the fat just under the skin. This is the soft and squishy fat that you can pinch. A certain amount of subcutaneous fat is necessary, but of course, excessive amounts are not good either.

More importantly, this type of fat is not as hazardous to your health as the deeper ectopic fat and visceral fat.

Ectopic Fat

Ectopic fat is fat that “overflows” into areas where it is not supposed to accumulate. These areas are mainly the liver, pancreas, heart, and muscles. Although ectopic fat is linked with an increased risk of serious health problems, this article focuses on the dangers of visceral fat.

Visceral fat

Visceral fat is the fat that surrounds the internal organs. It is this deeply packed fat that is responsible for making the belly bulge out. Belly fat consists also of subcutaneous fat, but it is the visceral fat that makes the belly become visibly bigger.

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