Belly fat- it's unsightly and unhealthy. Who wouldn't love to see it just melt effortlessly away? Very little happens without some effort, but a new tool has been found that can help in the battle against abdominal fat.
An accumulation of deep belly fat, known as visceral adipose tissue, has been linked to increased inflammation throughout the body. This, in turn, is a risk factor for developing cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure and excessive cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Science is learning that the deep belly fat secretes damaging hormones that can alter the body's metabolism. This can play a role in the development of Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases including cancer.
Visceral adipose tissue lies beneath the abdominal muscles, close to the organs. This makes it even more dangerous. It differs from subcutaneous fat, the fat beneath the skin that helps insulate the body and serves as an energy storage tissue.
So, just looking slimmer is not the main reason for tackling the belly fat problem. Did you know that dangerous visceral adipose tissue can accumulate even in people with an acceptable Body Mass Index? You don't have to be overweight to have excess belly fat.
Routine exercise has been shown to greatly reduce belly fat and slow the accumulation of more. If you don't participate in regular activities that get the body moving, try starting a daily walking routine. While you are upping your calorie burning exercise, take a look at how much soluble fiber you get in your diet every day. It has been proven to slow the accumulation of deep belly fat.
Soluble fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. Food sources are always a better choice than supplements, since you are getting all kinds of valuable nutrients while eating the fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Insoluble fiber passes through the body pretty much intact. Its role is to add bulk to the fecal matter passing through the intestines, helping you stay regular.
Soluble fiber, on the other hand, forms a kind of gel in water and can bind to and usher substances, including fats, out of the digestive tract. It helps lower cholesterol levels, normalize blood sugar and slows the accumulation of belly fat. So grab an apple, make some oatmeal, or have a tasty bowl of herb-filled brown rice and beans.