Did you know that there are 6 types of body fat? In this episode, Jen explores what each type is and the key factors you need to keep in mind when trying to shift that excess weight.
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Fat cells can be stored in three ways: essential, subcutaneous, or visceral fat. Essential fat is necessary for a healthy, functional body. Subcutaneous fat makes up most of our bodily fat and is found under the skin. This is the body’s method of storing energy for later use. It’s the kind that you can pinch between your fingers.
If you poke your belly, the fat that feels soft is subcutaneous fat. The remaining 10% — called visceral or intra-abdominal fat — lies out of reach, beneath the firm abdominal wall. It’s found in the spaces surrounding the liver, intestines, and other organs. This is the heart attack fat. This is the fat that can have you exercising and eating nothing and not budging the fat. Why? It is influenced by stress hormones and in particular cortisol More cortisol activates your body’s “fight-or-flight” response, which triggers the storage of more visceral fat. Some levels of visceral fat are healthy and help protect your organs. Visceral fat is sometimes called “active fat” because it plays an active role in how your body functions. Too much visceral fat can lead to serious health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Visceral fat is behind your abdominal muscles and can’t be seen. Some studies show if you have a potbelly — or are more “apple-shaped” than “pear-shaped” — you may have more visceral fat.
Waist measurement: Wrap a tape measure around your waist just above your hip bones. For women, 35 inches or more means you’re at risk for health problems stemming from visceral fat. For men, the number is 40 inches or more.
Waist-to-hip ratio: Measure your waist size and your hip size (wrap a tape measure around the widest part of your hips). Divide your waist size by your hip size. A waist-to-hip ratio higher than 0.85 in women and 0.90 in men indicates abdominal obesity.
Waist-height ratio: Divide your waist size by your height. A healthy ratio is no greater than 0.5 (in men and women). Some healthcare providers prefer the waist-height ratio. Other methods aren’t as accurate at distinguishing between visceral and subcutaneous fat.
BMI is not accurate and I do a lot of work with skinny stress heads
How do we bring visceral fat down and fat in general?
- Eat a healthy close to nature diet 80% of the time
- Move your body
- Manage your stress – use adaptogens. If you would like the link to my adaptogens, complete this form.
- Be proactive with sleep – magnesium and 7-9 hours sleep
- Supported Intermittent fasting
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