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How To Lose Belly Fat? Part One

The number one question I get as a Personal Trainer is, “how do I lose belly fat?”. And thanks to many infomercials, it is portrayed as easy to attain and is a marker of health and success. Our society is obsessed with being skinny;  skinny is sexy – thin is healthy. But is it really? What is the truth about fat?

“Why do we even need fat cells? The flippant answer is that without them, girls would look like boys. The evolutionary answer is that fat cells are repositories of energy and are necessary for survival of the species, especially in times of famine. Fat cells are protective; they provide cushioning of vital organs. In addition, specialized fat cells provide heat after you’re born, to keep you from succumbing to the elements. Fat cells are not just storage devices. They are active participants in, and are necessary for, your metabolic health.” Excerpt from “Fat Chance” by Dr. Robert Lustig.

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Fat cells have a purpose. Unless you are an elite athlete or professional bodybuilder (actively competing), it is actually unhealthy to have extremely low body fat percentage. There are two kinds of fat in the human body; subcutaneous and visceral. Subcutaneous fat is the fat just below the skin. It’s the fat you can pinch. Visceral fat is internal around and in your organs. It’s the visceral fat that is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Visceral fat is the one that you want to lose. Research shows that individuals with some subcutaneous fat are healthier and live longer.

Watch for future blogs on the facts about fat and the elusive question – how do I get flat abs?

Sharon Powell

Female Fitness Trainer

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