Belly fat is one of the most common forms of visual obesity. Many people will default blame to a slow metabolism or genetics when examining their larger midsection. Unfortunately, a large belly can be a warning sign of excessive visceral fat. As opposed to subcutaneous fat, visceral fat forms around the organs in the abdomen and can lead to serious health risks.
What is Visceral Fat
Individuals often desire to lose a few inches in their waist, but frequently that person finds it harder to do than was expected. This is usually an indication that the fat in their abdominal area is actually visceral fat. This type of fat is more difficult to lose than the type that simply resides underneath the skin. Visceral fat lines the body’s organs and can actually be difficult to detect without an abdominal imaging machine. It is possible for people with visually low body fat to actually possess a high level of visceral fat because it a product of high cholesterol and not just high calories. An excess of visceral fat will result in a pot belly or other common belly fat conditions.
Losing Belly Fat
Some wish to ignore their belly fat by making jokes or simply pronouncing that it is their choice in body style. These are dangerous approaches to this condition because of what this fat can do to a person. The accumulation of fats in the body is not simply for aesthetic purposes. Good and bad fats serve purposes. The fat that lines the body and insulates it against cold and other conditions is mostly subcutaneous fat. That fat is easily regulated through moderate increases in exercise. Visceral fat, however, is slowly metabolized by the liver. It is then released into the blood stream as unhealthy cholesterol. This cholesterol can form plaque that builds in arteries and leads to the above mentioned conditions.
Visceral and subcutaneous fat bellies are not permanent conditions, so consult a physician for advice on weight management.