Not All Fat Is Equal: Dropping Pounds and Inches

The human body has different types of fat and not all fat is bad or unhealthy, as most people believe. The fat in your body is responsible for secreting a hormone known as leptin, which helps regulate your hunger. Body fat also secretes another hormone called adiponectin, which comes has a variety of advantages.

Not All Fat Is Equal: Dropping Pounds and Inches

Types of Fat

While there are four different types of fat, we will be looking at just two – adipose fat and visceral fat.

Adipose fat, which is also known as subcutaneous fat, is located under the skin. On the other hand, the fat that surrounds your internal organs is referred to as visceral fat. Because adipose fat is in a way “visible, most people believe it is unhealthy fat. You may be surprised to learn that adipose fat has a role to play. It is this fat that sends feedback to your brain about hunger. And, visceral fat that surrounds your organs actually helps protect as well as insulate them from heat and cold. Your body needs fat to meet its energy needs. 

Differentiating Adipose Fat and Visceral Fat

It can be confusing to figure out the difference between visceral fat and adipose fat. However, there are simple ways to differentiate the two. 

o   Adipose fat moves when you move your body: If you stand, adipose fat around your abdominal region will accumulate and bundle around your navel. You will be able to hold and pinch this subcutaneous fat with your fingers. It tends to shift easily when you change the position of your body.

o   Adipose fat is hard to burn: It is difficult to burn subcutaneous fat through exercise and diet. This is the reason the fat around your abdomen is known as stubborn fat. There aren’t too many blood vessels in adipose fat, unlike visceral fat. Also, subcutaneous fat is not located close to the portal vein like visceral fat. Hence, blood has to travel a longer distance to reach and transport adipose fat to other tissues to burn and use as fuel. 

o   Excess visceral fat is detrimental to health: Usually, when adipose fat increases, visceral fat also increases. But the reverse is usually not true. Excess visceral fat can pose a major health risk. This fat secretes a pro-inflammation hormone and is located close to the portal vein. Hence, the hormone reaches the tissues quickly, resulting in inflammation inside your body. Visceral fat also causes an increase your blood cholesterol levels, as this fat is metabolized in the liver. On the other hand, adipose fat is usually considered to be benign. However, excess fat, be is adipose or visceral, is never good.

Your mirror is a fantastic indication of the presence of adipose fat. If you put on weight, you will have both visceral and adipose fats. Your doctor will be able to test and measure the amount of visceral fat present in your body. If you have excess visceral fat, it is important you immediately adopt a healthy lifestyle. This means exercising for at least 30 minutes every day and making healthy, but nutritious, food choices.

Dropping Pounds and Inches

When you start a new weight loss program, it is important to make sure it’s the right program for you. Although most people want healthier arteries and slimmer figures, not all exercise and diet programs target the same types of fat – or even fat at all. Therefore, it is important to understand what you’re doing and the expected results.

You may have heard of the book, Eat Right for Your Blood Type, which offers a pretty good foundation for what to eat based on – you guessed it – your blood type. However, it’s a little too general and leaves a lot of room for error.

A better approach is to eat right for your genetics, or creating a diet you can live with based on your DNA. This will allow you to eat foods that shrink your waistline, make your body feel good, and satisfy your cravings. All good, right?

Actually, yes. There’s no catch with this a DNA-diet. It’s a longer-term approach that keeps you healthier and helps you strengthen your internal systems. By giving your body the nutrients it wants when it wants them, you will avoid dangerous yo-yo diets and pills with unknown or undesirable side effects. This can yield a longer life while you feel and look great.

There are a variety of companies that claim to provide genetic testing however few are backed by scientific research with leading universities and data-based studies. Victor Castellon, PhD and founder of GenoVive, the leading DNA weight loss company, states that weight gain and obesity “doesn’t start in belly or thighs, it starts in the brain.” By eating right for your DNA, you’re changing the way your brain recognizes food and the way your body responds.

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