Muffin Top isn’t that a cutesy word for that jiggling section on a person’s body that we also call the belly. It seems like that is where all the fat travels when a person gains weight or gets a little older. Belly fat, is it cutesy? Or is it downright dangerous. According to the informative book written about Belly Fat called “Flat Belly Diet” by Liz Vaccariello, two types of belly fat, Subcutaneous fat and visceral fat are discussed. Subcutaneous fat is fat that you can see,” that inch you can pinch”. This fat can also be located in various parts of your body, thighs, hips, arms etc. It is a visible sign of being overweight and obese. Visceral fat is fat that you cannot see. It resides deep in your torso and attaches to your organs. It is the most deadly type of fat. It increases your risk for all sorts of diseases such as Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Cancer.
Subcutaneous fat is manageable, with consistent exercise and healthy diet, this fat can virtually disappear. Visceral fat is a different story; you don’t have to be visibly overweight to have this kind of fat. The usual symptoms to assist in diagnosing this type of fat are high cholesterol, high blood pressure and elevated insulin levels. Some other ways to diagnose and measure visceral fat is through Advanced Imaging such as Sonogram/ultrasound, CT scan, and MRI.
According to research done in the book “Flat Belly Diet” by Liz Vaccariello, the only way to minimize both Visceral and Subcutaneous fat simultaneously is to eat the right “fat”. These right fats are called monounsaturated fatty acids also known as MUFA’s. The five categories of MUFA’s are Oils, Olives, Nuts and Seeds, Avocados and Dark Chocolate. MUFA’s are unsaturated fats they easily glide thru your bloodstream without causing plaque buildup in your arteries which protects your heart. It has also been proven to lower cholesterol, ward off Type 2 Diabetes, lower risk for Breast Cancer. Overall extend your life!
Avoiding foods high in Saturated fats and Trans fats such as fried and processed food which can cause obesity and various diseases and incorporating foods high in Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats with every meal can significantly decrease your risks for dangerous diseases and they taste great too! For premium quality MUFA ingredients Tampa residents should check out the local Whole Foods market located on 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway. Their mantra is “We believe that food in its purest state — unadulterated by artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings, and preservatives — is the best tasting and most nutritious food available.”