Why one fat is more dangerous than another: Visceral Fat vs. Subcutaneous Fat. Many people are challenged with weight gain simply by aging. While you can be lean and svelte in your 20’s, consuming the same diet you were once accustomed to often won’t yield the same positive results in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond.
A lot of things occur as we age. Exercise can become less frequent and it may surprise you to learn that with every passing decade, your metabolism slows down by about 3 percent. In other words, in your 50s you will burn about 10 percent less fat than you did in your 20s – even if you eat the same amount of calories. That fact, combined with a decrease in physical activity, helps explain why the typical American gains an average of one pound per year from age 30 on.
Visceral fat vs. subcutaneous fat
But just because it may be considered normal to put on weight as you age doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be concerned.
Visceral Fat, which is known as “belly fat” gathers around the abdomen and internal organs can pose a number of serious health risks.
Subcutaneous Fat, which sits directly underneath the skin, may be unattractive and lead to health issues, although it is not as harmful as Visceral Fat. This type of fat is typically distributed evenly throughout the body.
When I see someone with visceral fat, it’s a cue that some action needs to be taken. With evident belly fat, your chance of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, sleep issues, sexual dysfunction and other problems are often greater.
Some obvious things you can start right away are improving your levels of physical activity and shifting your diet. Regular exercise like brisk walking, running, biking, etc. a minimum of 30 minutes several times a week is highly recommended. With that being said, I see a lot of physically active people with big bellies and it’s not only related to being sedentary.
Causes of Visceral Fat
Elevated levels of the hormone cortisol can increase visceral fat. Diets that are high in sugar, high in fat, and low in fiber cause elevations in cortisol levels. Adding alcohol to the mix can create even more of a disaster. This is a result of the Standard American Diet and why you see obesity as such an issue in The United States. Additionally, poor sleep quality and supplementing with caffeine and energy drinks can throw cortisol out of whack and contribute to this belly fat.
By including nutritional supplementation in addition to diet and lifestyle modification can have very positive outcomes on overall body composition and physical health.
Regenefuel is a product that supports healthy weight and reduces visceral body fat through a patented ingredient called Oliginol(R) which is a phenolic extract from lychee fruit with green tea polyphenols. It has been reported to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Supplementation of Oliginol also decreases serum concentrations of cortisol.
Rather than focus on the aesthetic repercussions of having too much weight around your midsection, let your health be a driving motivator…