So all body fat is bad right?
Well no that’s wrong your body is covered in fat, “subcutaneous fat” that sits in between your skin and muscle, if you give yourself a gentle pinch you’ll feel it, It’s soft and squishy!
What does it do?
It helps keep you warm and it can also act has your bodies natural shock absorber, and of course it also stores those valuable extra calories.
So what’s all the fuss about?
It’s the other fat that’s the problem “Visceral fat”! This fat also stores calories but it sits much deeper in the body around the organs of your belly region, it is not soft to touch in fact its quite firm.
Fats don’t just store potential energy! Like other living tissues within your body they can produce and then release hormones. The problem with the visceral fat is its proximity to the other organs in the body when these hormones get released. An increased visceral fat level will raise your LDL “Bad cholesterol”, increase your blood pressure and also lead to an increased risk to type 2 Diabetes.
I’m really skinny so I’m fine right?
No I am afraid not, it’s not that simple, skinny doesn’t = healthy!
You can be thin but still be carrying visceral fat without a CT scan there is no way to know for sure how much visceral fat you carry but you can do a couple of simple checks to give you an indication of how you are doing.