Belly Fat

What is Belly Fat?

Belly fat is the layer of fat that accumulates in our mid-section with age. It is the unhealthiest place to carry excess weight, though one of the most common places we find it because it is difficult to lose.

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Types of Fat

Essential Fat
This fat is necessary for the body to function on a healthy level. It is found in the central nervous system, muscles, bone marrow, and organs. Women, who have about 12% essential fat, also carry some in the thighs, hips, and breasts.

Storage Fat
This is the fat that’s leftover when the body has too much energy to burn. The excess energy is stored in the form of fat so the body has it to use just in case.
This is what we consider belly fat.

Subcutaneous Fat
This is the fat that is located just below our skin. It’s the fat you can pinch because it’s so loose. This is where most of our excess fat is.

Intermuscular Fat
This type of fat is not visible to the naked eye because it located between your skeletal muscles.

Visceral Fat
This fat is deepest in the body. It is found between the organs and is what we know as belly fat.

Losing Belly Fat
You cannot spot reduce, as much as we’d all like to be able to. You’ll lose weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. You’ll lose weight all over your body, with the belly fat often being the last fat to go.

Focus on dieting and exercise – and making sure your calories come from nutritious sources so you can achieve weight loss. Keep at it and you’ll see a flat tummy again soon.

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