Understanding the Different Types of Body Fat
There are millions of women around the world who are currently working on planning a diet or workout regime in order to achieve their dream physique. Although you may be one of these women, the best way to get rid of body fat is to start by understanding the type of fat that you have on your body.
There is more than one type of fat on the human body, and becoming aware of them and what they can do, is an important factor for living a healthier lifestyle.
Two Different Fats:
When you are reading weight loss articles or watching television shows about cutting back on your calorie intake, you will hear professionals talk about fat. There are two separate types of fat in the human body: visceral fat and subcutaneous fat.
This fat is the type of fat that you can see on your body, it is the type of fat that you can pinch and feel with your hands. The name itself means underneath the skin so it can be found all over the body. In certain places it may be thicker than others, such as around the belly and thighs. In order to live a healthy life and to sustain our internal functions, the human body requires a moderate amount of subcutaneous fat. It can help you to keep warm in the winter and to provide our bodies with energy if it requires it. On the downside, subcutaneous fat is also responsible for obesity and dangerous health behaviors.
This fat is the second type of body fat in the human body and it is also the more dangerous type of fat. Visceral fat is far more difficult to lose than subcutaneous fat as it is deep within the torso and surrounds your major organs such as the heart and the liver. With that being said, even individuals who are incredibly thin may fall victim to visceral fat. Unfortunately visceral fat is responsible for many different ailments such as heart diseases, metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol, diabetes, breast cancer, and dementia.
In order to ensure that your body is not affected by either subcutaneous or visceral fat, it is advised that you lead a healthy lifestyle and avoid any destructive behaviors or food selections to promote the health of your internal organs. You may also want to consider making regular visits to a health practitioner to ensure that your organs are working well.
Shake off stubborn stomach fat…
The most stubborn kind of fat to get rid of is the one that forms on the abdominal area. While many women manage to lose weight from all the other parts of their body by maintaining a healthy diet and following a regular fitness routine, the flab on the stomach seems to hardly ever budge.
This type of fat is especially troublesome. It collects within the body (not on the outside). It’s known scientifically as visceral fat and can be very hazardous to your health… if left unchecked.
Visceral fat comes with the risk of varied health complications that could lead to deadly cardiovascular diseases, Type 2 diabetes or Colorectal cancer. Which is why we are going to give you two tips which will help you lose your visceral fat and by-doing-so reduce the risk of health problems.
What’s more, of course, it will give you a much slimmer, sexier looking body and help you fit in to that bikini you’d like to wear!
Eat Right, Exercise More:
If you are a woman who has spent most of her life following a healthy lifestyle, i.e. doing regular exercise and eating clean, then chances are you may have less less abdominal fat. However, if you are like most of us, then you may have “let yourself go” a little and enjoyed a little too much of the foods you love. Well, from here on out, make small chances which – when done over time – will make dramatic differences to our figure and side-step nasty health problems before they come up.
- A healthy, nutritious diet and a daily workout routine, a part of your life for good if you want to avoid the hassles of wearing loose clothes or sucking in your stomach uncomfortably so that your pot belly doesn’t show. Doing cardio and light weight training for a minimum of half an hour to one hour per day, does wonders for the body in the long run.
- As far as diet is concerned, make sure your portions are small to medium and that your food is devoid of saturated fats, trans fats and simple carbohydrates like those found in refined-grain pasta, sugary drinks and white bread. Make fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins from boiled or steamed fish and chicken a huge part of your daily consumption.
Sleep Right, Take Care Of Yourself:
A huge part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is getting adequate sleep at night. 7-8 Hours of undisturbed, continuous sleep helps in the long term and creates the perfect balance of work, play and rest. Your body needs this time to recover, rebuild itself and regenerate for the next day. There are, of course, also psychological processes which are carried out whilst you sleep… which lead to all those wacky dreams you have every night!
Unfortunately many people confuse rest time with fiddling with their electronic gadgets or mindlessly sitting in front of the idiot box. This actually stimulates your brain and wakes it up again! Which is not the best thing to do just before bed time. In fact, what you should be doing, is dimming down the lights and getting your body ready for a good nights sleep. Think about how we would have naturally slept for thousands of years, before the invention of electricity an unnatural lighting. We would sleep and wake with the sun. By keeping to this same cycle (the best we can) we’ll maintain a healthier more natural lifestyle. A lifestyle which will help us shed unwanted fat and maintain a healthy wait naturally.
Discipline is the key for reaping the benefits of good health and you need to make a schedule for maintaining a good diet, exercise and sleep routine. One way of keeping yourself in your routine, is by making it inevitable that you will do what you need to do. For example, if you want to make sure that you will show up for your workouts, find a training partner and agree to meet at a specific time to train. You’ll be much more likely to show up when you know a friend of yours is waiting for you! You could also hire a personal trainer and pay them 2 months in advance. I’m sure you wouldn’t want to miss out on something you’ve already paid for…
The Big Myth About “Ab Exercises” And Reducing Visceral Fat:
A myth that many tend to believe is that doing abdominal exercises such as sit-ups and crunches will eliminate visceral fat. However, while they make the stomach part firmer and appear flatter, they certainly do not remove visceral fat. Performing such exercises is still better than not doing them as they help in burning calories and thereby indirectly burn fat. The focus should be on reducing the overall body fat by doing moderate intensity physical activity so that the belly fat is eventually reduced too.
Spot reductions do not work. You can’t just point at your belly and say “please start burning fat there”. It doesn’t work like that. You can, however, burn fat from all over your body with a health eating plan and a regular workout routine.