Three Types of Belly Fat
It goes without saying, belly fat (visceral fat) is by far the most dangerous type of body fat. But did you know that when losing abdominal fat, it’s not just a matter of losing one layer of fat but three! This explains why burning belly fat is such a challenge.
Even if you choose to get liposuction, your doctor can only work on one layer of abdominal fat which is the subcutaneous fat layer underneath your skin. They cannot surgically remove the deeper visceral fat that surrounds your organs. No amount of surgery will get rid of visceral fat – only you can banish it!
The three types of fat are: Visceral fat
This type of fat sits deep within your abdominal area and makes up the greatest percentage of your abdominal fat. It sits far below the surface of your skins and is deposited on a large protective membrane that surrounds your major organs known as the omentum. This type fat is wrapped around your liver, pancreas and kidneys. When we refer to a “beer gut” or “pot belly,” it’s visceral fat that we are mostly referring to. In excess, this type of fat is also referred to android fat or central obesity and it is a risk factor to many chronic illnesses.
- Subcutaneous fat
This type of fat is found right below the skin and usually occurs in greater amounts around the thighs, hips and buttocks. This kind of fat ranks second after visceral fat in terms of being dangerous. However if you have higher levels of subcutaneous fat compared to visceral fat, you are at a lower risk of getting chronic illnesses.
- Intramuscular fat
This type of fat is found within your abdominal muscles. Though this is not so common in the belly area, an excess of it has been linked to Type 2 Diabetes.
Where you store fat is determined by your hormones
The amount of fat in your body depends on your diet and how often you exercise. However, where you store this fat depends on your hormone levels.
Women who have normal pre-menopausal estrogen levels tend to store more fat around the hips, thighs and buttocks.
On the other hand, men who have normal testosterone levels store more fat around their belly.
People with hormone imbalances as a result of having a thyroid disorder, diabetes or any other condition have higher chances of storing more fat compared to other people, especially in the belly area. If you suspect that this could be the problem, seek help from your physician to reverse this imbalance.