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What Is Visceral Fat?

Most of us have some belly fat. Also referred to as visceral fat and subcutaneous fat, belly fat poses plenty of problems aside from aesthetics. Visceral fat is a serious threat to your health and well-being.

The Difference Between Visceral Fat And Subcutaneous Fat

Though the terms "visceral fat" and "subcutaneous fat" are often used interchangeably, there is a substantive difference between these two types of belly fat. Visceral fat is located deep within the abdomen under the abdominal muscles. It is also positioned between organs like the pancreas, liver and intestines. Subcutaneous fat is the easily noticeable layer of fat that is positioned beneath the skin. The formation of cellulite can often be attributed to the presence of subcutaneous fat.

Danger of Visceral Fat

Nobody likes a bulging belly. A large gut is unattractive yet superficiality should not be your sole motivation to trim the fat from your gut. Visceral fat along the stomach, waist and hips is connected to the release of hormones and proteins that often lead to inflammation. Inflammation can cause artery damage. It can even negatively impact the liver and alter how the body breaks down fats and sugars.

The most concerning aspect of visceral fat is that it has been tied to heart disease, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, Alzheimer's disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, coronary artery disease, dementia, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Visceral fat has also been linked to the onset of obstructive sleep apnea as deeply settled abdominal fat can restrict the lung's expansion as well as the movement of the diaphragm.

Causes Of Visceral Fat

Wouldn't it be nice if your fat spread evenly out across your entire body? Unfortunately, most people have their fair share of stomach fat. The manner in which fat is distributed throughout your body is primarily determined by your genetics. Yet you are not completely powerless in the fight against visceral fat and other types of fat. With the proper exercise regimen and nutritional intake, you can significantly reduce your visceral fat. Cut down on the calories and step up your physical fitness level and you will eventually get rid of most of that dangerous visceral fat.

If you are looking for a way to eliminate or greatly reduce your visceral fat, Matrix Age Management can help. We provide proactive, preventative programs that put a halt to the downward spiral of aging. Let us help you feel and look younger.

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