Let’s talk about fat! There are two types of fat I’m going to discuss today: Visceral fat and subcutaneous fat.
Visceral fat is the fat that covers and cushions our organs to keep them protected. Then there’s the fat that everyone knows about. The subcutaneous fat; the stubborn stuff around our bellies, hips, thighs, arms, etc. This fat, believe it or not, also has an essential role to help control body temperature and keep us warm. But what happens when too much (of both types) of fat accumulates in our bodies?
Too much body fat affects almost every single body system, and is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (hypertension, heart failure, and coronary artery disease), metabolic disorders (diabetes), liver failure, cognitive decline (dementia), certain types of cancers…I could go on…but I wont!
Truncal or central obesity (a big belly) is associated with increased visceral AND subcutaneous fat which in turn is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Aka a greater BMI (in us normal people...sans pro athletes ) is associated with an increased rate of death.
Needless to say, we need to really try to keep our weights under control, but this does not mean limiting our healthy fat intake! There is more and more research coming out that the TYPE of fat or food consumed is way more important that the total fat intake. Therefore, I don’t want anyone to focus on restricting their total dietary fat intake. Instead focus on consuming minimally processed foods. Change the focus and eat for health. Stay away from refined, processed, and fried foods. Add in more veggies, fruits, avocados, coconuts, nuts, seeds, etc. All of these are free game, after all, Mary does eat plants so who am I to restrict you from them?
Ok enough of the heavy for now. More recipes to come. Hope everyone has an awesome Tuesday!