By Zawn Villines
Belly fat is more than just a superficial concern. It is also a significant risk factor for serious health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Not all fat is the same. Subcutaneous belly fat is the most visible type of fat, located just under the skin. Everyone has some belly fat, but large quantities of this subcutaneous fat can signal a weight problem. Pills, surgeries, miracle cures, and herbal remedies will not safely remove belly fat. It is, however, possible to get rid of belly fat naturally with a healthy combination of diet and exercise.
Visceral fat, sometimes called "active" fat because of its active role in producing various hormones is the harmful type of belly fat. A higher BMI can mean a greater risk for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndromes, such as diabetes. For people who have active lifestyles and healthy body weights, subcutaneous fat, even if the belly protrudes a little, is not dangerous.
Some research even suggests that surgery to remove subcutaneous fat will not improve health and may even be a risk factor for more visceral fat , particularly if surgery is not accompanied by healthful lifestyle changes.
Visceral fat is very dangerous. It releases hormones that can cause diabetes and inflammation. Inflammation is a risk factor for a variety of health problems, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. In women, visceral fat may increase the likelihood of needing gallbladder surgery. Visceral fat is also linked to breast cancer.
-Belly fat tends to increase with age, particularly for women.
-Having a high body mass index (BMI) often correlates with more belly fat.
-Visceral belly fat is highly responsive to diet.
-Exercise is a key factor in eliminating belly fat.
Reducing Belly Fat
-Eliminate sugary drinks.
-Reduce simple carbohydrate intake.
-Eat more fruits and vegetables.
-Consume lean protein.
-Reduce unhealthy fats.
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