Can We Help Rid Your Fat?
There are actually many types of fat that every person carries around. We have listed 4 of the main ones below and whether we offer fat treatments to reduce it.
The two most commonly known is the visceral fat and subcutaneous fat.
At Skulpt Face & Body, we are able to clearly identify the amount of both of these fats in all limbs and the torso. This is done by using the Evolt 360 Body Composition Scanner.
Visceral Fat – Visceral (meaning deep), having to do with the organs. Hence, visceral fat is the body fat that is stored around the organs in the abdominal cavity, including liver, pancreas and intestines. Not visible from the outside.
Subcutaneous Fat – Lies under the skin. You can pinch this quite easily, and it is very wobbly.
If you carry a bit of extra weight, it is likely that you have a lot of both. If you are slimmer, there is still a possibility that you carry visceral fat and indeed subcutaneous fat – regularly called ‘skinny-fat’. Apple-like body shapes are indicative of visceral fat.
Visceral Fat – Bad Fat
Starting on a good note, visceral fat helps to protect your organs and play an important role in endocrine function (glands that produce and secrete hormone). It is useful, but in excess can be extremely dangerous.
There are a number of things that promote visceral fat gain:
• Chronic stress combined with a high carb/high fat diet activates neurotransmitter NPY and promotes visceral fat gain.
• Post-menopausal women tend to store more visceral fat due to the hormonal changes that occur (primarily the decrease in estrogens).
• Insulin resistance, which can be caused by sleep deprivation and inflammation can increase visceral fat.
• Drinking large amount of alcohol, which causes inflammation, promoting visceral fat levels, in both men and women.
• Insulin resistance and poor glucose control pre-disposes you to metabolic syndrome and obesity, which increases visceral fat.
Visceral fat has been linked to a long list of adverse health conditions, including:
• High cholesterol
• High blood pressure, stroke and heart disease
• Breast cancer
Visceral fat is basically caused by lifestyle, there is no fat treatments available to reduce this. The good news is, by changing our lifestyle, we can reverse our visceral fat levels before it causes too much damage.
Tips on reducing visceral fat:
Cut out, or at least limit trans fats – such as packaged baked goods, fast-food, margarines, snack foods.
Reduce alcohol consumption – wonder where the term “beer belly” comes from? Volume, more than frequency affects visceral fat. Try cutting the amount you consume.
Lift Weights – resistance training is an effective method to reduce visceral fat stores.
HIIT Training – High Intensity Interval Training is not just effect for overall fat loss, the short bursts of maximum effort followed by recovery are much more effective ways of boosting your metabolism and losing fat than chronic cardio. It also makes you more insulin sensitive, which helps burn fat even post-exercise.
Sleep – Try to sleep 6-8 hours every night.
Subcutaneous means “beneath” (sub) “the skin” (cutaneous), and it’s commonly known that this fat lies everywhere on your body, thicker in some areas than others. Subcutaneous fat is more visible from the outside of the body.
A moderate amount of subcutaneous fat is essential for life, for one, it keeps you warm in winter. It isn’t as dangerous as visceral fat as it doesn’t contribute to heart disease and other ailments. However, having too much of it can be bad. For instance, having a lot of subcutaneous fat is a visible sign of being overweight or obese.
Another negative affect of a lot of subcutaneous fat is body image, losing confidence in the way we look (which studies show leads to even further health behaviours).
At Skulpt Face & Body, we do not promote “a perfect body”, we believe we should all be happy in our bodies, creating “your body perfect”.
The good news is, to rid our bodies of subcutaneous fat, it generally responds well to a number of things. Basically just reducing your calorie intake and burn some extra fat helps. Skulpt Face & Body provide fat treatments to reduce this fat, permanently from your body.
Reduce subcutaneous fat:
Increase protein intake – with it’s thermic effect in the body, protein helps burn more calories. Protein also satisfies and reduces appetite, and helps to build and maintain lean muscle, which also helps to burn fat.
Cut back on your calories – by introducing a higher intake of protein should help you reduce calorie intake. By also cutting back on carbs and fats will help quicken the fat loss.
Resistance (strength) Training – The body will burn more calories in the 24 hours after a strength training workout than a cardio one, so while the calories burned during exercise might not be as much as a good cardio workout, you’ll continue to burn calories after you stop working out.
Cold Exposure – Shivering produces the hormone irisin and FGF21, which fire up the energy-burning rate of brown fat cells. Cold exposure also converts white fat into brown fat, the healthy one (see below) and increases insulin sensitivity.
Freezing (cryolipolysis) – this is a treatment that we offer at Skulpt Face & Body. Not ideal for all over subcutaneous fat reduction, but is a highly successful option for pockets of fat around the body, even those resistant to diet and exercise. (Book your free consultation).
There are other types of fat, not as commonly discussed as visceral and subcutaneous fats, but certainly has some very exciting opportunities that may arise from them.
Brown Fat – Good Fat
Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) – is a special type of fat, which is ‘turned on’ when our bodies get cold. It produces heat to maintain your body temperature in cold conditions.
Unlike white fat, which stores calories, mitochondria-packed brown fat cells burn energy and produce heat.
Everyone has at least a little brown fat, although it was once believed only babies had it, but in 2009 researchers found small amounts in adults. Babies have a lot of brown fat (approximately 5% of their body mass), whereas adults lose theirs, except for a few deposits, which are typically found around the back and shoulders.
Brown fat is commonly knowns as “fat burning fat”, however, the problem with that theory is that it’s only ‘fat burning’ when it’s actively regulating your temperature. In other words, you’d need to be cold all the time for it to actually work.
Beige Fat – Good Fat
This neutral fat was identified just a few years ago. It is typically more difficult to find as it is it is mixed in with brown and white fat.
Beige fat does have some of the same calorie-burning properties as brown fat, but it’s not the same.
Brown and beige fat originate from different stories. Brown is from its own precursor cells, but beige fat comes from the same precursor cells that white fat cells come from.
Beige fat is more relevant to adult humans, and is located everywhere in our bodies, scattered throughout ordinary fat tissue.
The fascinating fact about beige fat cells, is that they behave like white fat, until they’re activated through a process called “Browning”. After they are “Browned”, they start behaving like brown fat cells and in turn burn white fat for energy.
There are many ways to browning beige fat cells, here are 3 most popular:
Exercise – Exercising releases the hormone irisin, which in turn causes fat browning. A noticeable difference between brown and beige fat is, that irisin has no effect on brown fat.
Social interaction – Social interaction increases the levels of protein called Brain-Derived Neurothphic Factor (BNDF), this causes the browning effect.
Cold Exposure – As the same with brown fat, beige fat also gets ‘switched on’ by the cold.
Whilst the browning effect works positively for our bodies, it would be important to note, that ‘un-browning’ is also a something we should be mindful of. For example, the cold causes the browning effect, should the cold stop, the beige/brown fat will quite quickly fall back to white fat.
Interestingly, studies are always ongoing, we would not be surprised if one day, there was a pill to help with “browning”, which in turn will help with weightloss.
Skulpt Face & Body are proud to use the Evolt 360 Body Scanner. This is the Worlds first intelligent bio scanner, where results go to your mobile device. Book a free consultation to see your ‘in-body’ results.