You hear a lot about the “inner” or “deep” fat, and how harmful it can be to your health. The outer fat is usually what one can see, but it is at least as important to fight the deep fat.
How is it formed? What factors influence this common problem? Poor diet and lack of exercise are two of the most common causes.
However, there are a few other factors that we also need to be aware of: Genetics, menopause and incorrect dieting.
Read more here about the topic.
Internal fat, a threat to your health
Everyone has a certain amount of fat in their body. If you feel your thighs, you will be able to notice a layer of fat under the skin that all women have.
If you feel on your stomach, you will notice a slight bulge, which means that a layer of dangerous internal fat has accumulated around your stomach, intestines and liver. This type of fat can cause serious problems.
Doctors point out that men have a greater tendency to develop internal fat. There is a very high risk that it will sooner or later cause problems with the blood circulation or the heart.
- Internal fat is not inactive. This means that it does not just sit and surround your stomach and liver. It is very active when it comes to releasing harmful toxic substances into your blood circulation.
- This type of fat causes inflammation and leads to atherosclerosis. It can lead to problems with digestion and colon and many times it is the cause of diabetes or certain types of cancer.
- Something that many people do not know is that inner fat can affect your mood. Do you know how? It causes fatigue, general malaise, mood swings, stress and anxiety as well as certain types of depression which create higher cortisol levels in the blood.
- It releases toxic substances into your bloodstream, also causing what is known as metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance. If you suffer from high blood pressure, internal fats can aggravate this problem even more.
How do I know if I have inner fat?
We know that men have a greater tendency to accumulate fat around the waist as they get older. However, women can also store fat around the abdomen, but it is more common for them to store fat in the hips, thighs and legs.
Doctors also warn us about important facts that we should not ignore:
- The accumulation of fat deposits in the legs does not always show symptoms but is very dangerous.
- If you experience heaviness, cramps or your legs fall asleep, it may mean that your veins are not as elastic as they should be and that the fat accumulated in them is already creating problems, which can be serious.
- In such a case, it may mean that you are facing a peripheral arterial disease, which although common, can be serious. It occurs when excess cholesterol and other fats circulate in the blood and begin to build up a wall on the veins, which supplies blood to the arms and legs.
- Even more worrying is that these symptoms are not obvious and can cause heart problems and possibly a stroke.
Never forget to get checked often to measure your cholesterol level.
How to fight external and internal fat
1. Things to think about
- If you have a family history of obesity or heart problems, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle at an early age.
- When you reach the age of 40-45, it is very important that you lead as healthy a lifestyle as possible. It is at this age that the blood begins to show a bit of cholesterol and it requires a little more effort to lose weight.
- Keep in mind that inner fat does not disappear overnight. There is no miracle cure or magic remedy. You will need the help of a doctor who can show you the right steps along the way.
- Support from family and friends is important. If you are starting a cure, family support is recommended. It would be good if someone in your household would also start a more active lifestyle. How to fight both inner and outer fat!
2. How to get rid of outer and inner fat
- You should never completely eliminate fat from your diet. There are healthy fats that your body needs, such as those that come from olive oil, salmon, nuts and avocados.
- Do not add salt to any of your food. Eat 4-5 smaller meals during the day. Smaller, more frequent meals will keep your metabolism active.
- Intake more soluble fiber:
- Celery leaves
- Remove salt from your diet as well as white flour, processed foods, puff pastry and refined sugar. Eat more fresh vegetables.
- Physical exercise is key. You do not have to train very hard. In fact, some simple exercises where you get your heart rate up will allow you to burn fat little by little and keep your heart active. You can do this in many different ways, for example by walking fast, dancing, climbing stairs or swimming.
Get more out of life by living healthy and eliminating outer and inner fat!