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How to lose subcutaneous fat: All you need to know

For people trying to lose weight, it might feel as if all fat is the same. But there are two different types of fat: visceral and subcutaneous. Subcutaneous fat is the jiggly fat visible just under the skin. Subcutaneous fat is normally harmless and may even protect against some diseases. Visceral fat is fat that surrounds the organs. Though it is not visible from the outside, it is associated with numerous diseases. It is possible to lose both subcutaneous and visceral fat. While subcutaneous fat loss might be the goal for people who want to fit into smaller clothes, losing visceral fat improves health. If the fat is visible or can be pinched, it is subcutaneous fat. Subcutaneous fat is not necessarily a risk factor for health issues. What causes it and is it hard to lose? Everyone has some subcutaneous fat, but lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise, as well as genetics, affect the amount of subcutaneous fat each person develops. People are more likely to accumulate both visceral and subcutaneous fat when: They are sedentary, or spend a lot of time sitting. They get little or no aerobic exercise. They have little muscle mass. Research increasingly suggests that subcutaneous fat can play a protective role, particularly in obese people with a lot of visceral fat. However, subcutaneous fat can be a sign of visceral fat. People with lots of subcutaneous fat often also have lots of visceral fat. Both types of fat can be difficult to lose. Some factors that make fat hard to lose include: Insulin resistance: Visceral fat is correlated with insulin resistance, which can make it hard to lose both visceral and subcutaneous fat. Weight loss strategies: People with lots of subcutaneous fat often make the mistake of...

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