When it comes to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, one of the main goals is to burn fat. But did you know that there are two different kinds of fat? In order to make sure that you are as healthy as possible you need to focus on burning both types of fat.
There is More then One Type of Fat?
A lot of people hear the word “fat” and they immediately think about their love handles, their beer belly (aka abdominal fat) or and their growing posterior. This is called subcutaneous fat, and it is no picnic. But even more deadly is a fat known as visceral fat.
[stextbox id=”warning” caption=”Warning – Dangers of Visceral Fat” mode=”css”]This kind of fat builds up around vital organs like the liver. Recent studies have shown a direct link between serious issues like high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease and the buildup of visceral fat.[/stextbox]
And due to the fact that visceral fat is located around sensitive organs, liposuction is not an option like it is when it comes to the fat in between your muscle and skin. So while you may hate the excess pinch-able flab you’ve got, it’s not nearly as dangerous for you as the kind that you can’t see. When visceral fat builds up around your organs it can start to cause a myriad of health problems.
To get a little more scientific about it, fats are also known as “adipose tissue.” There is white adipose tissue (WAT) and brown adipose tissue (BAT). WAT serves three important purposes, as it provides energy, insulation, and mechanical cushion. BAT also provides energy, and is good for helping heat the body.
So where does good adipose tissue go bad?
According to a number of studies, the main factors that contribute to visceral fat build up around the organs are lack of exercise, poor diet, and too much stress. Numerous researchers have found that there seems to be a connection when it comes to lack of exercise, stress, and bad fat. What they have found is that stress can disrupt and change your body’s natural hormones and metabolism and eventually contribute to the formation of visceral fat which as already pointed out can lead to serious health problems like diabetes, heart disease, liver and kidney failure and more.
Sitting All Day Does Not Help
[one_half]Why does exercise matter, you ask? Experts have been saying for decades that exercise is a great way to deal with stress. Humans aren’t made to be sedentary. Up until the last century or so, people had to be active for a majority of the day. Sitting around and working in an office was not what most people did. Fast forward to now, and you’ve got people who can do everything they need to do in a day without walking more than half of a mile.[/one_half]
[one_half_last]That’s not natural, and the proof is in the research. Study after study has shown how important exercise is when it comes to overall health. By exercising you increase your metabolism and burn unwanted fat. You’ll also notice your stress levels will go down over time, and you’ll get better sleep at night. And the best part is that all of these things help with visceral fat reduction which lessens your chance of heart disease other health issues.[/one_half_last]
Diet is an Important Piece of the Puzzle
Changing your diet is also an important step. You’ve got to think about your body like a machine. You have to eat food so that you get the nutrition and energy you need, which in turn allows you to exercise and burn off unwanted fat. In order to make your machine run as smoothly as possible, you need to make sure that you are putting premium fuel in it.
You wouldn’t take a million dollar sports car and put watered-down regular gasoline in it, would you? Of course not. With an expensive sports car, you only put premium fuel in it. Now compare your body to a million dollar car. You’d have to say that it is a bit more valuable, at least in terms of sentimental value, right? So why keep treating it worse than you would treat a car? Your body is the most valuable possession you own. You will literally never be able to own and control another living thing the same way.
As time goes by, like any machine, it is going to start showing signs of wear and tear. Sticking with the car reference, have you ever noticed that mileage is not a tell-tale sign of the quality of a vehicle? If you take two identical makes and models and have them both drive up to two-hundred thousand miles, with one car having its oil changed and routine maintenance and the other not, which one do you think would be better? The choice is obvious.
What are Your Choices
Taking care of your body in the short term is going to be what allows you to fully enjoy life in the long term. The funny thing is that you and everybody else already knows about eating right and exercising. The question is if you are actually going to do something about it. If you are serious about it, there are a few simple tweaks that you can make to your diet that will help you get on the right track. When coupled with at least thirty minutes of exercise a day where you get your heart rate up, it’s your ticket to the fat burner. Give these tips a try:
Eat fresh, colorful fruits and veggies. A lot.
Green leafy vegetables like kale, brightly colored vegetables like beets, carrots, purple cauliflower, bell peppers, and fruits like blueberries, raspberries, and granny smith apples should be eaten every day. Focus on the kale and other leafy greens, as well as the colored veggies. Fruit is great for you, but vegetables should take precedence in a 5:1 ratio. When you do eat fruit, stick to tart blueberries, raspberries, etc. They are filled with antioxidants. When possible, go organic.
Skip the bread.
When whole-wheat bread gets broken down in your body it gets turned into insulin, which is basically sugar for your blood. Recent studies have shown that numerous people with adult onset diabetes were able to get rid of it by switching to a healthy diet without any bread or bread substitutes like gluten free bread.
If it’s not fresh, don’t eat it.
This is a simple rule that will never fail you. If it comes prepackaged or in a can, don’t eat it. You’d find that if you follow this rule, you are pretty much restricted to eating healthy.
And That’s It
When you follow these simple tips you will be able to get rid of both types of fat, most importantly the visceral type that is threatening to damage your vital organs. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to happen overnight. But if you keep your head down and stick it through to the light at the end of the tunnel, you’ll find yourself a better person when you come out on the other side.
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Arnold Brod, Publisher