Why Having A Big Belly Is More Dangerous Than Being Fat: The Danger Of Being Slim On The Outside and Fat In The Inside
Everyone wants to look good for a wedding ceremony or for the upcoming reunion party which you are required to "dress to impress".
Having tight 6 abs, a chiseled chest and thick arms is something you would love to flaunt on that special occasion.
But, there are some bad news for those who prefer to hide their big bulge underneath thick layers of clothing.
Don't worry, the bad news comes with a solution.*wink*
Belly Fat Kills
Smoking kills, Speeding kills, and did they forget to mention that having a belly fat kills too?
According to Mayo clinic,
Regardless of your overall weight, having a large amount of belly fat increases your risk of: Cardiovascular disease, Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Colorectal cancer, Sleep apnea, Premature death from any cause, and High blood pressure. - Article "Belly Fat In Men: Why Weight Loss Matters"
The article above further explained that belly fat are usually hidden with potential health problems due to its composition of the two different types of fat.
Our body is able to store fat in many ways and two of the major storage ways are by storing the fats as subcutaneous fats and visceral fats.
The Subcutaneous Fats
Subcutaneous fats are fats that are found directly underneath our skin.
These are fats which you can pinch and notice it go all wobbly (It also feels good when you give a good smack on the back of your fat friend.)
Subcutaneous fats, like all other fats, are a result of excess food intake.
Fats helps to store excess energy and it also produces and releases hormones into the bloodstream.
It does have some advantages for the body even with its bad reputation that it has received over the years.
Fat, as we know, makes us look unattractive. We want it to go away and we want it to go A.S.A.P.
Surprisingly, subcutaneous fats are known to provide us with benefits for our metabolic health. Especially ladies who have it around their thighs and butt.
So, ladies, don't worry about your big butts and thighs too much. It might just save you from heart diseases and diabetic risks.
Now, we know that subcutaneous fats are not the ones that are a cause for major concern.
The ones that we should be worried about is hidden deep inside, beyond the layers of our skin, in our abdomen cavity, and around the vital organs - The visceral fats.
The thing is, you will never know whether you have more of the good fats than the bad ones.
But, one thing for sure, as long as you have a big belly and a large waist, you should start doing something about it.
The Visceral Fats
Visceral fats are the assassins within the body.
Their sole purpose is to sabotage from the dark and cause chains of recurring problems skillfully behind our backs without getting detected.
They are like the assassins from the movie Assassins Creed.
It moves swiftly and silently in the darkness and out of sight, preying at the victim until the time is right and suddenly *URGH*, you felt something sharp pierced through your neck from behind, an intense pain followed afterwards, you dropped down on the floor grabbing your bleeding neck as you suffocate in your own blood that is gushing out furiously from your windpipe.
Breathing was utterly useless.
Few seconds later, you felt your whole body turning numb and the last thing you saw was not a flashback, but you woke up from your bed, perspiring and panting hard.
It was only a dream.
Visceral fats are bad news.
They contain high amount of chemicals that trigger inflammation reaction in the body.
It determines our overall health condition and is a crucial indicator to good health and chronic disease prevention.
If you value your health and if you yearn to obtain longetivity, by all means necessary, keep your body away from getting inflammation.
Inflammation is the root cause of many diseases and it is why belly fat is linked to other causes of diseases.
Yokozuna Vs The Skinny Fat Man
Well, obviously we know who the winner is.
There has been research showing evidence that sumo wrestlers are metabolically healthy even though they are morbidly obese.
This bizarre condition is due to the amount of their vigorous training they do to keep up with their physically demanding competitions.
They are considered fit, until they stop competing, that is. Then, more health problems will start to arise if they don't do anything about their excess fats.
So, what about the average and skinny fellow?
Like what was explained above, as long as you have an excessive accumulation of visceral fats, whether you are skinny or fat, you will be in trouble.
You will have a higher risk of the major health problems that people with poor metabolic health will have.
Having Visceral Would Spell More Health Problems For Us
According to cardiovascular disease epidemiologist Stella Yi, an assistant professor in the New York University School of Medicine's Department of Population Health who studies Asian-American health disparities, "Asians have more tendencies to store belly fat compare to other ethnic group and races"
As such, we Asians, should take more precautions for our health and lifestyle.
We must take heed of the worrying fact that our genes are innately designed to get us diagnosed with diseases easier than others.
Another fact stated that,
"While Caucasian and Hispanic populations often get bigger all around or on their hips and legs before developing belly fat, Jensen says, Asians tend to collect excess weight around their middles [health.usnews.com]"
But, that is not an excuse to give in to fate without putting in effort to change its course.
Our appetite is strongly influenced by the amount of fat cells we have.
Naturally, when our bodily functions are working normally, it regulates our hunger and energy effectively by maintaining the set point of our body weight within a constant healthy range.
In normal circumstances, the more fat cells we have the less hungry we feel.
But, with a poor diet and lifestyle, we would still feel hungry even when we already have enough of stored energy(fats).
e would keep stuffing ourselves and our body would keep absorbing and expanding until certain organs and parts of our body start to get overworked causing problems that might not be reversible.
You can imagine it like having a car with an inaccurate reverse sensor that does not sound the alarm when your car is near to an obstacle.
By the time you realized you have hit the obstacle only then did the alarm started to sound off its alarm. It is too late by then.
Visceral fat cells would make our body less sensitive to insulin.
"Visceral fat is thought to play a larger role in insulin resistance -- which boosts risk of diabetes -- than other fat, Whitmer tells WebMD. It's not clear why, but it could explain or partially explain why visceral fat is a health risk." - An excerpt of an article from webmd.com by Kathleen Doheny
Having an insulin resistance would cause difficulties for our muscles and liver to absorb and process the glucose in our blood.
When this situation happens there will be high toxic amounts of glucose in the blood and it will increase the risk of us having diabetes.
Visceral fat is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease markers like high triglycerides, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
What we should be aware of is that one of main causes of heart disease is having more of the fat-generated inflammatory chemicals called the cytokines in our bloodstream.
These cytokines are what contribute to many other inflammatory diseases as well.
When our body is inflamed, our liver becomes overwhelmed as it is filled up with toxins and cholesterol which may build up a plaque in our arteries.
Not to mention...More problems for your life
I know what it is like having a chronic disease. My family members and relatives are victims of diabetes, hypertension, and cancer and I am very well aware of the medical costs involved.
Rather than spending on medical bills, why not invest on a healthy diet and an exercise regime?
My Mum suffers from chronic constipation and imbalanced cortisol. When the problem comes, it will take her at least a week before she could recover fully.
The number of hours lost for her work would end up affecting her overall KPI.
Another issue is that it would take longer for a person who is not physically ative to recover from a disease or sickness than it is for an active person.
We just have to spend 10-15 minutes a day for exercising and you would already lower the risk of taking long medical leaves. That is very worthwhile, isn't it?
I have to cancel a lot of my personal plans. I had to sleep late to accompany the patien or send them to the hospital late at night. I had to fork out some money to support the bills, skip meals, and do many other discomforting things.
Let me ask you, if you care for your loved ones, would you let them be in such situations all the time?
Don't you think, it is our fault that they have to go through those troubles because of our own problem?
So, have this in mind. Our problems might affect our loved ones too. Think about them before we do anything. Their happiness is a stake too.
What to do next?
By now we should already start to get a little worried about the bulging tummy that we are looking at right now.
That bulge need to go!
Figure out a healthy meal plan that fits in your lifestyle
I would not recommend depriving yourself of certain foods and skipping meals for a few days or like what most people call it, "Go On A Diet" unless you can do it consistently for the long term.
Usually, going on a diet would mean going for a less enticing meal and totally changing your food menu to some tasteless and unpalatable food.
That sounds painful and something that would only last for awhile.
In the end, what we want is results that will last for the long term and something that is enjoyable.
If let say you can enjoy the process of losing weight while eating healthy, wouldn't it be something that you'll look forward to everyday?
This is where you can explore more on certain eating pattern that provides a long term result.
Diets that I would recommend such as Intermittent Fasting and Ketogenic Diet which I will discuss about it some time around this week.
Next, figure out the type of physical activities that you WILL do everyday
I would recommend doing short and doable type of exercise if you find that going for long jogs or commuting to the gym is troublesome.
For my personal favorite doing high intensive training every other day would suffice.
You could create your own high intensive workout regime following the H.I.I.T concept. H.I.I.T would take 10-15 minutes of your time, but produce insane results if you do it everyday.
Doing H.I.I.T plus a consistent diet would ensure that you don't only lose your belly fats, but you would gain strength, a sexy physique, and an improved overall health.
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