Over the years we’ve thought about weight gain as the cause of health problems, but an inability to lose weight is often a symptom of an underlying health problem that has yet to be addressed. In other words, a person’s inability to lose weight could be a side effect of poor health instead of the cause. To put it simply: We must get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy.
When it comes to stubborn weight loss, one of the biggest complaints I hear about is the extra fat that shows up quickly around the midsection—and then never wants to leave. This type of fat is known as visceral fat. Unlike subcutaneous fat, which is stored just under the skin and can be found in other areas of the body, visceral fat is located around your midsection all the way inside the abdominal cavity.
Due to its location closer to vital organs of your body, this type of fat greatly increases your risk for serious health problems. Since visceral fat cells are released directly into your blood, they end up making their way into your liver, pancreas, heart, and other vital organs—which is a problem considering these fat cells contain excess triglycerides that end up pumping harmful free fatty acids into cells that are not designed to store fat. It’s vitally important to reduce this type of fat as much as possible.
So how do we go about this? As I mentioned before, losing this type of fat takes more than just eating like a rabbit and restricting how much food you consume. There are a few key things that, when out of whack, can greatly affect how well your body burns fat, specifically visceral fat. One of them is your hormone health.
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