Belly Fat Even Worse Than Originally Thought

The type of belly fat that lies deep within the abdomen that surrounds internal organs, also known as visceral fat, is a known danger to health. Now a new study is showing it could be worse than previously thought because of its link to muscle and bone loss. This latest study on visceral fat, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is interesting because the findings directly oppose the well-accepted belief that obesity is actually a protective factor against accelerated Continue reading →

Weight Loss After 40

If you miss the days when you could buckle down on diet and exercise to drop a few unwanted pounds within a reasonably quick period of time, you’re not alone. Older adults, especially women, face physiological changes that can promote weight gain and, even worse, muscle loss. Talk about a midlife crisis. Once women reach 40, their likelihood of becoming overweight or obese sharply rises. In fact, about 68 percent of women aged 40 to 59 are overweight or obese--a 17 percent increase compared Continue reading →

Minute Myth Busting: Skinny Equals Healthy

Being skinny may seem like the picture of health. But does just being skinny really mean that a person is healthy? The answer is: No. In fact, some people who appear thin may still have a high body fat percentage. This is what we call being “skinny fat”. When a person is skinny fat, the greatest danger is visceral fat. Although everyone needs some fat to cushion internal organs and to provide a reservoir of stored energy, a sedentary lifestyle combined with overeating and the aging Continue reading →

The Dangerous Fat You May Not Know You Have and Why Cleansing Can Help Reduce It

Imagine for a moment that you have x-ray vision and can see through skin viewing the insides of the people around you. Yes, we understand that’s a little gross, but bear with us. With x-ray vision, you could see people’s hearts, blood circulating through arteries, and the intricate strands of fibrous proteins making up the muscles in these folks. You’d also see people’s liver, gall bladders and intestines. And finally, you’d see a hidden type of fat- visceral fat- which has accumulated Continue reading →

Muffin Top Madness

By Michael Colgan, Ph.D. Even with a stringent diet and exercise program, the Chihuahua on the belly and muffin atop the hips often refuse to leave the building. In many folk who hit this plateau, there is usually a lot more visceral fat hidden deep inside, plumping them up like a goose. You can't see visceral fat. It hides around your liver and kidneys, intestines and reproductive system. Visceral fat clings to your organs. It can add 3 to 6 inches to your waist and hips even after you Continue reading →