Did you know that you actually have 2 types of stomach fat?
Did you also know that 1 type only really responds to a specific type of exercise in order to get rid of it?
This is actually pretty interesting and explains why some people have a roll of belly fat (the old “spare tire”) that hangs over their belt buckle, while others have what’s referred to as a “pot belly.”
Neither one is obviously all that healthy or attractive to have, but the latter hard pot belly is actually more dangerous for your cardiovascular health. More on this in a second…
So here are the 2 types of fat:
1. Subcutaneous fat
Subcutaneous fat is the noticeable layer of fat that lies just below the skin. It’s the type of body fat that makes us look softer in appearance
2. Visceral fat
Visceral fat is located beneath the muscles and typically surrounds vital organs. It’s also often referred to as intra-abdominal fat because of its proximity to the organs beneath your muscle. Additionally, visceral fat is metabolized by the liver which turns it into blood cholesterol and can lead to significant health risk factors.
Now, you may think that losing stomach weight will be difficult, but I can honestly tell you once you tighten up your nutrition and eliminate high glycemic and inflammatory foods you will lose stomach fat first!
Lastly, the type of exercise you do does make a difference.
It’s also important to note that high intensity interval training is one of the most effective ways to get rid of visceral stomach fat since a high level of exercise is needed (Duke University Medical Center Study). That means long, slow, aerobic endurance based cardio isn’t going to cut it.
Seriously, you weren’t born to hold onto stubborn stomach fat.Your body was made to be lean and fit so that you could easily handle anything life throws at you. This isn’t something just reserved for 20-somethings or athletes.
Bye-Bye Ab Flab…You aren’t as unconquerable as you thought!