All Fat Is Not Created Equal

Now that the holidays are over, some of us may be finding our bellies a bit bigger than they were a few weeks ago. And while a jelly belly may have looked cute on Santa, it can signal increased risk for health problems in the rest of us — starting with metabolic syndrome. Extra weight around the middle is more dangerous than fat around your hips and thighs. Belly fat, which is visceral fat, is associated with inflammation and a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
All fat is not equal. Subcutaneous fat is found all over our body, but is most noticeable on the hips and thighs. It’s the protective wrap over the body just under the outer layer of skin. Continue reading “All Fat Is Not Created Equal”

Bye, Bye, Belly!

Weight loss isn’t just about looking good; it’s about improving your health. While none of us prize a poochy tummy, belly fat can also be dangerous. A bulging belly is usually made up of two types of fat: visceral and subcutaneous. Subcutaneous fat lies just under the skin and is the most noticeable. Visceral fat, which still contributes to your girth, lies under the abdominal muscle and surrounds vital organs. The more visceral fat you have, the greater your chance of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Continue reading “Bye, Bye, Belly!”