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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Visceral Fat

There are three kinds of body fat-- subcutaneous, intramuscular and visceral.

Subcutaneous is the fat underneath the skin. Intramuscular fat is found interspersed in your skeletal muscles. Visceral fat is what surrounds your internal organs.

We’re mostly concerned about subcutaneous and visceral fat.

Subcutaneous fat is the type of fat we tend to be most aware of. It likes to collect around our abdomens, hips, thighs and upper arms.

Visceral fat is important-- it protects your internal organs from getting smashed together. But too much visceral fat is thought to increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

The scale I have measures visceral fat. I am aiming for a visceral fat level of 9 or less.