Additional Abdominal Fat Is Not Just Unattractive, But Extremely Dangerous To Your Health

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Did you know that the great majority of individuals in this day and age have extra abdominal fat?  It’s true. As much as 70% of the people in some “westernized” nations such as the US and Australia are now deemed either overweight or obese.  The first thing that a lot of people think of is that their added abdominal fat is simply ugly, is keeping their abs from being visible, and makes them self-conscious about showing off their body.

Then again, what most people don’t understand is that additional abdominal fat in particular, is not just unsightly, but is also a high risk factor to your health. Scientific research has clearly determined that though it is unhealthy in general to gain extra body fat throughout your body, it is also dangerous to have extra abdominal fat.

There are two kinds of fat that you have in your abdominal area. The first kind that covers your abs from being noticeable is called subcutaneous fat and lies directly beneath the skin and above the abdominal muscles.

The second classification of fat that you possess in your abdominal area is called visceral fat, and that lies deeper in the abdomen under your muscle and surrounding your organs. Visceral fat also has a role in giving certain men that “beer belly” look where their abdomen juts excessively, but at the same time, also feels sort of hard if you push on it.

Both subcutaneous and visceral fat in the abdominal area are dangerous health risk factors, but science has shown that having spare visceral fat is a lot more dangerous than subcutaneous fat.  These types of fat greatly enhance your risk of having heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, various forms of cancer, and other degenerative diseases.

Excess stomach fat has also been associated in studies with higher amounts of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation within the body that can cause heart disease and other health issues.

Part of the reason visceral fat is especially dangerous is that studies show that it distributes more inflammatory molecules into your system on a consistent basis.

One of the major reasons that several people gather more visceral fat than other people can be from a high carbohydrate diet that leads to insulin resistance in time (years of loading your system with too much sugars and starches for your body to properly handle the constant excess blood sugar). Studies show that high fructose intake, particularly from high-fructose corn syrup, can be a major contributor to extra visceral fat.

If you value the quality of your life as well as your loved ones, reducing your abdominal fat (including reducing visceral fat) should be one of your TOP priorities! There’s just no excuse for it. Besides, a side effect of completely getting rid of all of that spare abdominal fat is that your abdomen will flatten out. And if you get rid of enough stomach fat, you will be able to really see those eye-catching six pack abs that everyone desires.

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