When we lose fat, it’s not just one layer of abdominal fat that we have to work on….
This is one reason why fat loss around the abdomen is tough.
And if you get liposuction, the doctor can only work on one layer, the subcutaneous fat.
The 3 Types of Abdominal Fat
- Visceral fat: Fat deposits on the omentum (a large membrane that protects and supports the organs) within the body. This visceral fat makes up the majority of a person’s abdominal fat. When we refer to “belly fat” or “pot belly”, this is mostly what we refer to.
This is also the type of fat that, in excess, leads to cardiovascular disease risk and other chronic health risk. Another term for this is central obesity, or android fat. This is that bad fat that is modifiable through diet and exercise.
- Intramuscular fat: Within the abdominal muscles. This is not as common in the abdominal area, but excess is still linked to higher Diabetes risk.
- Subcutaneous fat: Right below the skin usually found in greater amounts around the hips, thighs, and buttocks.
This is the second most dangerous fat. However, those with higher proportions of subcutaneous fat than visceral fat are still at much lower risk for chronic health problems.
Fat Storage Depends on Hormones
The amount of fat you have depends on exercise and diet. But, where that fat is stored depends on hormone levels.
- Men with normal levels of testosterone store more fat around the abdomen.
- Women with normal pre-menopausal levels of estrogen store less fat around the abdomen (more around the buttocks and thighs).
Those with hormone imbalances caused by thyroid disorders and other condidtions are prone to store fat more readily than others.
People who suspect that this might be the case should seek out treatments with their physicians to correct imbalanced hormone levels.
Sorry, No Easy Fix
For those with normal hormone functioning, the same old story is still true: you must exercise and eat right to avoid excess abdominal fat.
There is not a single food that can help reduce belly fat and you can not spot-treat this fat through exercise or strange looking gadget.
If anything has been proven to help it is green tea, but those studies show an excess of 16 or 20 cups must be consumed each day.
Stick to your diet and exercise routine, and it will pay off in the long run.
Do you have any tips to get rid of abdominal fat?