Thursday, 23 September 2021

F Faith and Fitness

Exercise is preventive!

Visceral fat is known as a “deep” fat that’s stored further underneath the skin than “subcutaneous” belly fat. It’s a form of gel-like fat that’s actually wrapped around major organs, including the liver, pancreas and kidneys.  If you have a protruding belly and large waist, that’s a clear sign you’re storing dangerous visceral fat. While it’s most noticeable and pronounced in obese individuals, anyone can have visceral fat, many without even knowing it.

Visceral fat is especially dangerous because, as you’ll find out, these fat cells do more than just sit there and cause your pants to feel tight — they also change the way your body operates.

Exercise is not just important for weight loss and achieving a "summer body"!  There are much more important reasons you should get up off your feet and exercise!  I tell my clients or anyone that I talk to about fitness and exercise.....YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!  Here is why!

Visceral fat is especially dangerous because, these fat cells do more than just sit there and cause your pants to feel tight — they also change the way your body operates.  Carrying around excess visceral fat is known for HIGHLY increasing risk factors for....Coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke, dementia, diabetes, depression, arthritis, obesity, and sleep disorders.

Visceral fat is considered toxic and spells double-trouble in the body! In fact, it acts almost like its very own organ since it’s capable of having such a large impact on the body.

Exercise is preventive!  You do not have to encounter unnecessary health problems and issues....some that can be life threatening! 

Here are 6 risks of high levels of visceral fat....

  1. Increased Inflammation: If you have more fat stored than you need, especially around visceral organs like the liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas and intestines, your body becomes inflamed and your metabolism suffers, making it a hard cycle to break out of.

Visceral fat does more than just lead to inflammation down the road — it becomes inflamed itself. Inflammation is at the root of most diseases.

  1. Higher Risk of Diabetes:  More than other types of fats, visceral fat is thought to play a large role in insulin resistance, which means a heightened risk for developing diabetes. For example, abdominal fat is viewed as a bigger health risk than hip or thigh fat, not only for diabetes but for many other chronic diseases.
  1. Makes It Harder to Lose Weight:  People tend to get heavier and heavier as time goes on — and one of the main reasons is that stored body fat affects hunger levels, especially visceral fat. It might seem hard to imagine, but your metabolism is largely governed by your level of existing stored fat. Fat messes with our appetites and makes it easier to overeat due to hormonal changes that take place.
  1. Higher Risk for Heart Disease and Strokes: When your body is inflamed, your liver becomes overwhelmed with cholesterol and toxins, which leads to plaque buildup in your arteries. Visceral fat is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease markers like high triglycerides, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  1. More Likely to Battle Dementia:  A growing body of evidence points to the fact that there’s a strong link between obesity, vascular disease, inflammation and dementia. In fact, it seems that excess pounds on the body equates with less brain volume.  Research shows that people with the biggest bellies have a higher risk of dementia than those with smaller bellies. This is even true even for people with excess belly fat but who are overall at a normal weight!
  1. Higher Liklihood to Have Depression and Mood Problems:  Since excess body fat is linked to hormonal changes, excess body fat can negatively impact your mood.

By getting the necessary exercise and maintaining a healthy diet, you can get rid of and avoid this deadly fat build up!  Be proactive!  Stay healthy!

Visceral Fat

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams


Kellye Davis Stellman is a personal trainer, gym owner, and certified Life Coach who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their “life goals” with her message of hope. 

Kellye resides in East Atlanta with her husband Keith.  She has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She is an active member of The Tabernacle Church.  In her spare time she loves traveling, spending time with her husband and daughters, shopping, and simply enjoying coffee with friends. 



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