If you’re trying to lose belly fat then you may be like most people and think that all belly fat is bad. The truth is that there are two different types of belly fat and only one is bad. There’s subcutaneous fat, which is a pretty harmless layer of fat that lies just under your skin and on top of the organs in your abdominal area.
Visceral Abdominal Fat
The type of belly fat that so many of us battle is visceral abdominal fat, which is often referred to VAT. This is the bad fat. It’s associated with heart disease, cancer and all kinds of other detrimental diseases that often come along with age. VAT is found under the organs and is the reasoning behind that potbelly look. If you have VAT, you’re much more likely to suffer from disease somewhere down the road.
Fat in your abdominal area acts differently than fat found elsewhere. It more easily receives cortisol, which is your fight-or-flight hormone. VAT picks up the cortisol and stores it for emergency use later, so you can kind of call VAT your emergency fat for times of dire need or extreme hunger (we’re talking starving here).
Your cortisol levels normally fluctuate throughout the day. But when you’re a stressed out mess, it stays high. That means more fat drops into your belly area for safe-keeping since your body knows that belly fat has great receptors for cortisol. So essentially, being stressed out all of the time can easily contribute to more belly fat than you would like to have.
Acidic pH Levels
Stress is also directly connected to a higher level of pH in your bloodstream, basically making your blood more acidic. That’s bad news, because it means it sucks the calcium right out of your bones. So being proactive to release stress on a regular basis can probably help to prevent osteoporosis.
NPY is short for neuropeptide Y. When you’re stressed, your body releases NPY and research shows that it basically activates more receptors in your fat cells. Your fat cells then multiply and grow bigger.
So you can see that losing belly fat has to be accompanied by reducing stress levels, which also helps you live a healthier life. Try to actively partake in yoga, tai chi or daily leisurely walks… whatever it is that relaxes you. Grab some relaxation music from Amazon (there are even a few free MP3 downloads at the time I’m writing this, such as “Breathe & Let Go” by Love Yourself).
Author Bio: Veronica Davis is a mom, freelance writer and internet business columnist. She often writes on the behalf of BehindTheCounter, an online portal to store coupons online.
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