Understanding the Differences Between Visceral Fat and Subcutaneous Fat.

Adipose tissue, or body fat, comes in two varieties: visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. The former is located in different parts of the body and has varied properties. 

Fat that is situated deep within the abdominal cavity and encircles internal organs like the intestines, pancreas, and liver is called visceral fat.

Subcutaneous Fat: This type of fat is located just under the skin and can be found all over the body, including in the buttocks, arms, belly, and thighs.

Fat in the abdominal cavity, also known as visceral fat, is not apparent to the naked eye. Although it is less obvious than subcutaneous fat, it does add to the "beer belly" or bulge in the abdomen.

While it's true that our organs need a certain amount of visceral fat to cushion and protect them, there are risks to our health when we have too much of it.

Insulin sensitivity and inflammation can be influenced by the hormones released by metabolically active visceral fat.

Subcutaneous Fat: While being overweight can lead to health problems, having too much subcutaneous fat is not as bad as having too much visceral fat.

Research on visceral fat has shown promising results, suggesting that it may be more responsive to dietary and exercise changes, potentially reducing health risks even with small weight loss.

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