Belly Fat. What is it? How to get rid of it?
The waist on your favorite jeans has betrayed you. Belly Fat!
That feeling of despair; the feeling that somehow there was a conspiracy against you and now your belly fat can join in with the name calling.
–Spare Tire, muffin top, beer belly and “OMG-where-the-heck-did-this-come-from-this-can-not-be-my-gut.”–Yes, I have been there and to tell the truth, I am at this point right now.
Belly fat seems to just appear as I look in the mirror.
So many reasons why this has happened; age, diet, stress the list goes on, but it does not change the fact that is unhealthy for the body and I think for the mind also.
What is it?
Fat burning is 3 different things
1) Fat that is released from a cell
2) Fat traveling to another cell
3) Fat getting into that cell and being burned
With so much power on what my fat is doing, how do I convince it to lay off my gut?
• Hormones that help with the Storing of fat – Insulin, Cortisol, ASP, GIP, Ghrelin – Estrogen & progesterone
• Hormones that help with the Burning fat - Cortisol, testosterone, HGH, thyroid, catecholamines, glucagon – Estrogen & progesterone
Belly fat Storage Insulin & Cortisol • Both stimulate LPL • Both cause insulin resistance in high amounts • Insulin magnifies cortisol’s LPL activity • Insulin blunts cortisol’s HSL activity • Insulin resistance = hunger • Excess cortisol= cravings • Insulin & cortisol together = blood sugar issues • Storage of fat around middle
Types of belly fat
Visceral fat: – more blood flow- more beta receptors – more insulin resistant – self-perpetuating/disease risk – more exercise responsive
Sub-cutaneous fat: – Deep & Superficial – less blood flow – more alpha receptors – more insulin sensitive – more stubborn – diet is key
How to get rid of it?
Much of the fat in the stomach area lies directly under the skin. This is called subcutaneous fat and is not as hazardous to your health. Fat that is harmful is the unseen fat around your organs, known as visceral abdominal fat. Visceral fat is linked to diabetes and heart disease more than your BMI (body mass index.) If you want to get rid of visceral fat and lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes, start with cutting down on your calories and getting more exercise.
Yes, the big secret revealed! Thought there would be a magic potion or a simple spell?
Sorry. Lifestyle changes take time, planning and tracking.
Make changes, be patient, do not give up!