How belly fat differs from thigh fat¯and why it matters

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How belly fat differs from thigh fat¯and why it matters

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Old 01-12-2013, 10:45   #1
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How belly fat differs from thigh fat—and why it matters

How belly fat differs from thigh fat

Men tend to store fat in the abdominal area, but don't usually have much in the way of hips or thighs. Women, on the other hand, are more often pear-shaped—storing more fat on their hips and thighs than in the belly. Why are women and men shaped differently? The answer still isn't clear, but it's an issue worth investigating, says Steven R. Smith, M.D., director of the Florida Hospital – Sanford-Burnham Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes. That's because belly fat is associated with higher risks of heart disease and diabetes. On the other hand, hip and thigh fat don't seem to play a special role in these conditions.


A new way of thinking about fat

Medically speaking, says Smith, it's important to understand these differences and how they arise. "Even though many women hate having large hips and thighs, that pear shape actually reduces their risk of heart disease and diabetes. In fact, women who have heart attacks tend to have more belly fat than thigh fat."

This research marks a new way of thinking. "Most people want to stop belly fat. But the problem is not just the fat—it's the location. Belly fat is just a marker of the problem. The real issue is in inability to store that fat on the hips and thighs," he continues.

Smith hopes that future studies aimed at understanding the fundamental differences in these fat depots could lead to specific treatments aimed at the regions that contribute most to the complications of obesity.

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Maybe, maybe not.

Of course, the above study didn't look at 'thigh' fat, but the things aren't so far away from the gluts. Main thing -- belly fat may NOT be worse than fat on the lower body.

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Maybe, maybe not.

Of course, the above study didn't look at 'thigh' fat, but the things aren't so far away from the gluts. Main thing -- belly fat may NOT be worse than fat on the lower body.
I think it is all total guesswork and they have no idea what any of it means. The one thing that seems to have some evidence is not "belly" fat per se, but VISCERAL fat. That's not the one under the skin of your belly, but INSIDE amongst your organs. People just talking about "belly" fat and looking from the outside appear to be failing to make this very important distinction.

It was the first thing to go when I started LC/HF. That little "pad" on my belly just under the skin is still there, but I don't think it means a thing. You have to have SOME fat reserves and I see no problem with it being there. Unfortunately, I also lost my padding for sitting on which I don't like because it makes sitting for long periods difficult.

I've heard others say that actual visceral fat is far and away the easiest and first thing lost on LC/HF and I'm convinced it is the only really important one. Another benefit I've noticed is that I have much longer/deeper breath now that all that junk below my diaphragm is gone.

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Darn it, I lost that seat fat too! A true disadvantage! But, I must have lost some exterior belly fat because now I'm the sad owner of what is politely and 'apron' in front!



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