The body is amazing in its capacity to heal and stay slim with the right food and a minimum of the right exercise.
There is no one diet that fits all. But if you have failed many times then that is actually a good thing because then you can rule out what did not work. Some of the diets you have tried will have certain parts that did work to some degree which can serve to put you in the right direction.
A weight loss journey should begin with an honest appraisal of where you are. Honesty to yourself and to others helps keep you accountable so that setbacks don't happen so frequently. Determining your body fat percentage and whether you are dealing with lower stomach fat and/or visceral fat is also important. There are health consequences to both and some benefit. The following article will help you try to understand the differences and benefits of both.
What is Lower Stomach Fat?
Lower stomach fat is also known as subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous fat is found just under the skin throughout the body. Subcutaneous fat is a shock absorber, helping to cushion our skin against trauma. It also stores energy, which the body uses during times of elevated activity. It does not react well to insulin so it is difficult to lose. It does have several important uses, but you can still have too much of a good thing. Too much lower stomach fat adds weight to the body and may cause issues with your joints and spine.
What is Visceral Fat?
Visceral fat, also called abdominal fat is a type of body fat that occurs in the peritoneal or abdominal cavity and surrounds the internal organs. Each person has some, but people with inactive lifestyles, chronic stress, or unhealthy diets tend to have more. You may gain visceral fat for a variety of reasons including eating foods with a lot of sugar and fat. Not exercising for long periods of time will cause an increase in this type of fat. Even a little exercise can cause less of it to form.
A weight loss journey should begin with an honest appraisal of where you are. Honesty is to yourself and to others helps keep you accountable so that setbacks don't happen so frequently. Determining your body fat percentage and whether you are dealing with lower stomach fat and/or visceral fat is important.
Which Type of Fat is Worse?
From a heart health viewpoint, visceral fat would be a major culprit in blood pressure, stroke risk, and cholesterol. Visceral fat typically makes up a comparatively small part of total body fat but it has serious repercussions on our health because it lays right on top of the pancreas, kidneys, liver and other organs that are essential for preserving our health. Visceral fat is also insulin resistant which makes it quite difficult to lose. It can cause problems such as liver disease, diabetes, and other serious and potentially life-threatening conditions.
How Do You Lose Lower Stomach Fat?
Losing any kind of fat can be difficult, but trying to target a particular area for fat reduction doesn't work. The only way to lose lower stomach fat is to exercise, cut calories, and get stronger. Eating healthy is an imperative in this area. You don't want to replace any of the fat you are losing. However, that doesn't mean you cannot eat fat. There are many foods that have healthy fat in them like avocados. Eating more protein is important too because it helps you feel less hungry.
How Do You Lose Visceral Fat?
Vigorous and consistent exercise helps reduce fat greatly. You don't have to overdo it, though. Trying to do too much is often the cause of injury and too much soreness. Your diet is important too. Belly fat is usually the 1st to go when you begin exercise and healthy eating. It's the fat that your body wants to lose the most. It realizes the danger of too much visceral fat. Another very important factor is sleep. If you don't get enough sleep, your body will feel stressed and will attempt to keep the fat as a form of protection against the stress.
A weight loss journey should begin with proper information. There are many fad diets and exercise routines that claim to be the magic fix for being overweight. However, it you want to reduce your body fat percentage and your lower stomach fat, along with the visceral fat, good sense eating and exercise are the only tried and true methods to gain these benefits. Understanding the process and the potential pitfalls are essential to being successful.