Here’s What Your Body Shape Says about Your Health
Inflammatory diseases associated with visceral fat
There are various inflammatory diseases which are associated with high levels of visceral fat. These include diabetes, increase in endometrial, breast and colon cancer, and cardiovascular disease. According to a 2019 study of around 156,000 postmenopausal women, it was revealed that those women who carried excess fat in their midsection were at an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and cancer. In contrast, the women without much fat in their midsection were unlikely to develop such diseases, despite having to adjust to different lifestyles and socioeconomic status.
Visceral fat can be reduced
Even though visceral fat is a dangerous type of fat, it can still be reduced easily unlike subcutaneous fat. Aerobic exercises and strength training is the best way to induce visceral fat loss. According to US Department of Health and Human Services, a moderate-intensity weekly workout routine of around 150 minutes which includes muscle-strengthening exercises on two or more days every week is the best way to go about losing visceral fat.
People with more fat stored in their hips and butt and less fat in their shoulders and bust fall into the category of “pear-shaped” bodies. This shape is somewhat safer than apple-shaped since the fat stored in your legs have very little chances of reaching the vital organs. Still, people with this body type often suffer with problems in their veins and joints as these have to support a huge amount of weight.
Losing this type of fat with spot reduction weight loss may not be possible. However, a 2018 review discovered that participants involved in the study managed to shed the subcutaneous fat in their arms and legs by switching to a high-protein diet with only 15-30% of their daily calorie consumption.
3Straight or Ruler Shape
People with a straight or “ruler-shaped” body are often mistaken to have no visible fat and are generally healthy. However, looks can be deceiving. While their fat may not be located in a specific area on their body like the fat in an n apple-shaped or pear-shaped body, it still doesn’t imply that they have no fat at all.