When it comes to body types, we’re all built a little differently and we’re all just making the most of what nature gave to us. So it can be a little bit disconcerting to read that some types of weight gain are more unhealthy than others. It’s not as if anyone chooses where to gain weight!
However, this information is important to know for health reasons. No one can change their underlying genetics or how they carry extra weight. But we can all become aware of our individual risks and do our best to mitigate them.
On that note, you might have heard that belly fat is more concerning than weight carried on the buttocks, hips, or legs. In particular, researchers are talking about visceral fat. Unlike the fat stored just under your skin, visceral fat accumulates under the abdominal wall. When you carry fat in this location, inside your abdominal cavity, it can damage your organs and increase your odds of certain diseases and early death.
Research has linked excess belly fat to fatty liver disease (yes, even in non-drinkers). These fat cells also release certain hormones which increase inflammation in the body, and inflammation is correlated with diabetes, several types of cancer, strokes, and more.
So, if you want to lose excess belly fat, what do you do? Unfortunately, targeting the area with crunches and sit-ups won’t do the trick. And even when we do lose weight, we can’t choose where the weight comes off. An effective medical weight loss plan will lower your overall body fat, though, and over time you will lose dangerous visceral fat along with fat stores from other locations.
In other words, a medical weight loss plan won’t completely change your body type, but it will still help you get healthier. Schedule an appointment with us to discuss your health concerns, and we’ll help you set a healthy target weight and put together a program to help you reach that goal.