Visceral Fat vs. Subcutaneous Fat – All that you need to know

The fat present in our bodies isn’t all the same. Fat is classified into two- essential and storage fat. Essential fat is something that is present within bones as marrow, around spine, (CNS) heart, and other delicate organs that need cushioning.

Whereas, storage fat is where all your excess calories from unaccounted cheat days, that extra helping of fried chicken and that secret, frequent vada pav snacks go to- the kinds that make you grow in all places, horizontally.

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Subcutaneous fat:

This is the fat layer that is usually found directly under the skin. It is this particular fat that is used to measure your total body fat. In terms of overall health, subcutaneous fat in certain areas may have potential health threats.

However, there is nothing cute about the subcutaneous fat on the belly. As per evidence from studies in recent times, the danger about fat accumulation on the bellies is not just from visceral fat but also the subcutaneous fats.

Visceral (deep) fat:

This is basically, the essential fat that is found around important organs for protection. However, increase in the body’s fat storage also means the fat in this area will be on the rise. The biggest visibility of visceral fat that most of us carry on their waist is the belly fat.

Higher the visceral fat, higher is your chance to be insulin resistant (threat of diabetes type 2). In one study, higher amount of visceral fat was also linked with the risk of dementia with some kind of relation to the leptin hormone that is released by the fat, a hormone which stimulates hunger, memory and learning.

Belly fat:

When it comes to belly fat, it is important to understand that both-visceral and subcutaneous fat contribute to this. An oversized waist/ belly is an indication big enough to send out the signal that it is an unhealthy belly more than focusing on what kind of fat it has more.

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At a waist size of more than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men can spell increased risk of various diseases. When it comes to abdominal fat, it is considered a greater risk than the fat at hip or thigh since abdominal fat has more chances of affecting the cholesterol and hormonal functions.

Takeaway note:

The best approach to losing fat is first realizing that you need a solid lifestyle and diet shift. Making conscious effort to improve activity levels, sleep patterns, developing healthy habits, managing a proportioned and balanced diet goes a long way to help you get rid of that unwanted fat along with several unwanted health risks.

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