What is subcutaneous fat exactly?

In your quest to have a slimmer, fitter and healthier life including a better diet, we are obliged to confront the problem of belly fat. The fact is that visceral fat is very much harder to get rid of then subcutaneous fat, doesn’t

actually mean impossible or really difficult.

We have seen that there are two types of body fat – visceral fat (accumulating in the abdominal cavity) and subcutaneous fat, meaning just under the skin. This type of fat is the easiest to get rid of, but on the downside is the most visible. Women are far more likely to accumulate subcutaneous fat around the hips, buttocks and thighs, but we also have to be aware of and prevent the accumulation of visceral fat in the abdominal area. Visceral
fat hides deep inside the body, coating the internal organs and flowing in the blood stream clogging up arteries and carries far greater health risks. On the other hand subcutaneous fat serves as a sort of energy storehouse as well as cushioning some parts of the body and consequently a reasonable amount of subcutaneous fat is required for the body to remain fit and healthy. However, with excess amounts of subcutaneous fat, it also has a negative impact on us and eventually will become a health hazard apart from the fact it is very unsightly.Orange-peel and dimply cottage cheese like skin are the obvious clues to an excess of subcutaneous fat just under the skin. Other evidence such as stretch marks and scarring occurs when too much pressure is exerted on the skin as the subcutaneous fat begins to accumulate there. During pregnancy women experience stretch marks over the abdomen as the skin expands to accommodate the baby. Skin in general has a certain amount of elasticity, however, if you gain weight too quickly or too fast you will get unsightly stretch marks as a consequence as well. Common procedures to rid excess fat such as liposuction and fat transfer (moving fatty tissue from one area of the body to another) are now seen as the solution, however there are risks associated with any procedure. The best way maintain control of your body and health is by adjusting and improving your diet and taking up regular exercise. Bear in mind, you cannot completely get rid of fat cells by just healthier eating or by doing regular exercise, but you can dramatically reduce fat cells themselves and reduce how much fat is contained inside. Aerobic exercise is one of the best ways lose weight and slim down whilst creating more energy.The obvious way to lose weight is to take in less calories then your body needs and because subcutaneous fat is a storehouse of energy it is precisely that energy which is released first if your body requires more energy then it is used to and so a reduction in the fatty tissue (subcutaneous fat) will be the first to go once you start reducing your calories. Dieting will allow you to lose weight, but adding a bit of exercise will dramatically improve your results.

We know that having some fat on the body is good, but having definitely too much is not good at all. Slim people still have fat, but overweight people no matter what sex, should really think long and hard about revamping their lifestyles, improving their sedentary ways and changing their diets to ensure overall health and vitality in the long-term.. Our society and culture today is a bit obsessed with the “Body Beautiful” and although
wanting to look good is one thing, taking it to the extreme is not. By using a nutritionally balanced diet with some routine exercise is by far the best approach. Half the struggle is finding the right diet which works just for you. If you add a bit of exercise or a physical activity that you really like and can enjoy, in no time at all you will see the benefits of slimming down and will feel so much more energetic, optimistic and healthy.