Tucked away inside your body might be layers and layers of visceral fat that goes unnoticed by your BMI scales. The weight scale doesn’t deceive the eyes but has 100% potential to deceive the scientific concepts that can pass out once you become joyous after seeing the numbers on the scale. The BMI has been the standard measure to gauge a person’s risk of obesity and its related diseases. Surely it does give you a fair idea about the body fat percentage based on height and weight but it never tells you how or where the body stacks away all this excess fat. But why suddenly bother about such hidden fat layers when the weight is just right might be a question that is now going on in your mind. It’s because these are the factors that predict your cardiovascular health. And sadly, more than 50% of such candidates are falsely classified as bearing normal, healthy body weights though they are at an increased risk due to overfat in the body but doesn’t show up as overweight on the scales!
Fat cells exist in each of us and are intended to store fat for utilizing it as energy when time demands. But some of us are extra-cautious (or greedy rather!) to overfill these fat storage cells and allow the extra fat to travel to all other parts of the body such as the liver, muscles and other organs too that have no fat. This way, fat is accumulated in the belly region too as visceral fat which is damaging enough to elevate the risk of cardiovascular disease. Factors such as gender, ethnicity and genetics define one’s predisposition to it and studies show that Indians are at an increased risk of storing visceral fat around the abdomen (abdominal obesity).
Fat Deposits for your Body Type
The young mind doesn’t stop at anything as the individual is equipped with a specialized type of muscle fiber to maximize speed and stamina. The remaining muscle tissues accumulate fat thereby increasing fat percentage in the body although overall weight remains unchanged. This prevents the BMI from reflecting the exact fat percentage in your body and also increases the risk of inflammation and diabetes.
There are evidences showing that waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio measures are a better way to tackle your body’s needs rather than depending on the BMI values solely. In case of individuals with the same BMI but a different waist circumference those with a higher waist circumference value are at an increased risk of heart disease. Hence, those with a pear-shaped body (more fat around the thighs and hips) suffer from a lower risk compared to those with an apple-shaped (abdominal obesity or fat around the abdomen) body. A waist size measuring more than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men is said to pose a grave risk upon the individual’s health.
Hence, abdominal obesity can be seen to have debilitating side effects on the body’s health although the individual might not be overweight. Adopting a healthier lifestyle, cutting down on intake of high-calorie foods and exercising daily decreases fat percentage in the body and fat cells are now freed of their overcrowded fatness. Approaching weight loss scientifically is the best way to melt away body fat which dietitians and nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com specialize in. This is one of the main reasons why even a 5% decrease in body weight reduces the risk of heart disease as it’s the visceral fat that starts to melt away initially impressed with your worthy efforts and a clear goal. So, what’s preventing you from starting your fat-reduction journey and hop onto the journey of a healthy heart?
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