By Lisa Shaker-Knopp (LowFatLowCarb.com)
Many years ago, I was taught that when you hold fat in your thighs and bottom it is much healthier than if you have fat in your belly area. Why? Yes, there is a difference in the fat in our body. One type of fat, called subcutaneous, is the fat beneath the skin. Fat is a live organ. It is essential for protecting our organs, regulating our temperature, and for trapping toxins. As long as the fat in our body is moderate and controlled we can maintain good health. The other type of fat is called visceral fat. This is the dangerous fat, and tends to surround our organs, is deep, and shows up in the belly region. When we have too much visceral fat, that can decrease insulin sensitivity and increase estrogen in the body.
One of the ways to lose the deep, dangerous visceral fat is to follow a low carb, low fat, adequate protein eating plan, along with some exercise. Getting the body to dig deep to remove this fat takes time and effort, but is the key to good health. Many studies are showing that this deep fat is at the root of metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and syndrome x. This type of fat usually is the root cause of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as sugar diabetes.
When the body starts to store excess fat in the belly, that is a sign of insulin resistance. Measuring your belly circumference is an easy tool for you to pay attention to. You can take a measuring tape at your navel and measure around. If you are a woman that number should be under 35 inches, and if you are a man it should be under 40 inches.
It is also important to know how much of your weight is fat vs. muscle and everything else The old way of measuring fat is from a chart called BMI (body mass index). This is a calculation based only on your height to weight ratio. This measurement does not take into account one’s muscle mass, therefore, many professional athletes are considered overweight based on this charting system.
The more important measurement is the percentage of fat in your body. One way to measure the visceral fat is to use a bioelectrical impedance (BIA) scale. This type of scale can differentiate the fat and give you an idea of how much of your weight is fat, and how much is everything else. Men should aim for a body fat under 20% and women should be under 30% as a general rule.
It is hard to lose the deep fat; but with a good diet and some resistance training your body should respond and you should be on your way to a healthier you. Refer to the www.lowfatlowcarb.com meals to help you on this journey.