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Part 4 - How do we lose weight?

So today we need to talk about our "fat"! Because if we are to be successful in eliminating it . . . we must first understand it.

Did you know that not all "fat" is the same?

Well . . . there are 3 different types of fat cells in the body - "essential", "subcutaneous" and "visceral fat"

Now . . . "Essential" fat is necessary for a healthy, functional body. This fat stores excess energy and accounts for more than 90% of the fat found inside the body. It is essential in small amounts, as small white fat cells produce a hormone which makes the liver and muscles sensitive to the hormone "insulin" that converts glucose (good sugar) into energy.

"Subcutaneous" fat is the jiggly visible fat that's just under the skin. Subcutaneous fat is normally harmless and may even protect against some diseases. This is the fat that is tested when you are measured using a skin-fold caliper to estimate your total body fat.

Now, what causes this kind of fat? Well . . . eating more calories than you burn, being sedentary, having little muscle mass (this happens the older that we get), very little aerobic activity, having diabetes and if you're insulin resistant.

Okay . . . so the right level of both "subcutaneous" and "visceral" fat is essential for optimal health. But people with lots of "subcutaneous" fat often also have lots of "visceral" fat. With both types of fat being difficult to lose.

Which brings us to the this fat . . . "Visceral" fat. This is a type of body fat that's stored within the abdominal cavity. It's located near several vital organ, including the liver, stomach, and intestines. And unfortunately, this type of fat can build up in the arteries.

Visceral fat, also known as "belly" fat, is found inside your abdominal cavity and carrying too much visceral fat is extremely dangerous. It's linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease and even certain cancers.

A major concern for this type of fat is that you can look thin and have a normal body mass index, but still have "Visceral" fat. This fat is strongly linked to metabolic disease and insulin resistance and an increased risk of death. Where "subcutaneous" fat doesn't carry the same risks.

So how do we get this "visceral" fat? Well . . . stress can play a major role in storing excess "visceral" fat. This is because when someone is stressed, their body releases a hormone called "Cortisol" (remember we spoke this hormone the other day?), which increases how much visceral fat a person's body stores.

So even if you're thin . . . the more stress you hold, the more visceral fat you will carry.

The easiest way to determine if you have excess visceral fat is to look at your belly and waist size. If the belly protrudes beyond your waist, you likely have stored visceral fat.

And to top all this off . . . "Visceral" fat releases the "cytokines" we spoke of yesterday that increase "inflammation"!!!!!

Okay . . . so now that we know what we'e dealing with . . . tomorrow we'll continue on as to how to lose the weight.

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