Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Belly Fat and Real Estate

Body fat deposits are like real estate - it's all about location, location, location. When it comes to body fat, the last place you want it to live, is on your belly!
Each of us has fat:

1. In our bloodstream (called "triglycerides")
2. Just below the skin surface (called "subcutaneous fat")
3. In a layer of tissue located inside the belly that hangs out underneath the muscles of your stomach (called "omentum fat")

Since omentum fat is so close to your vital organs, it's property you want to unload! It intrudes (and greedily so) on all the other structures around it. It squishes the diaphragm and lungs (which makes breathing difficult), it squashes the kidneys and their blood supply AND because it stores fat that is quickly accessible to that most vital organ, the liver, it can cause those lousy cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides to rise. And, greedy, greedy that it is...it also sucks insulin out of circulation, which makes your blood sugar climb (hello...diabetes!)
The good news?? As soon as you reduce waist-expanding omentum fat, your body starts seeing the effects (as does your reflection in the mirror and the notch on your belt). Once your body senses it's losing fat, your body's blood-related numbers -- the ones that the Doctor seems to want to know about -- cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar -- start traveling in a healthy direction.

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