Visceral vs Subcutaneous fat

Visceral fat is the fat around the organs in your abdomen. Any extra energy we consume than required to function is stored under our skin as subcutaneous fat. We can access these energy stores when required. An excellent, efficient, energy management system. But when that space runs out and we can start to store fat around our organs and eventually ectopic fat in muscles and around your heart. It is hormonally active.

An increase in visceral fat can have an effect on how we keep our body in balance in many ways, especially with the way we process our body’s energy needs. It is the type of fat that is involved in chronic disease. An angry, inflamed fat,drawing attention from the immune system, in the process it causes havoc. The easiest way to decipher if you may have a problem with visceral fat is a simple waist circumference measurement.

The SIZE of your subcutaneous fat cells and how much energy they can store is the pertinent factor in metabolic syndrome. Interestingly some people are genetically predisposed to be able to produce lots and lots of new baby fat feels to store excess energy and these people tend to have less metabolic syndrome than people who don’t make new fat cells but stuff the ones they have full of as much energy as they can take.

There are some people who produce more and more subcutaneous to store xs energy as rolls of fat. These people can have small amounts of the angry inflamed visceral fat and be metabolically healthy. There are people who are not deemed to be overweight by BMI ( based mostly on caucasian population data) but have slightly larger waist circumferences than optimal who are more likely to run into problems with their metabolic health.