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Your body type is not set in stone | You may have visceral fat...

Today we’re going to talk about the difference between having abs and having a small waist. And if there’s one thing that I want you to remember, it’s that just because you may have abs, does not mean that you don’t have more belly fat to lose. Just because you can’t grab fat doesn’t mean you don’t still have fat in your abdomen.

So we’re going to delve into this and talk about the difference between subcutaneous fat and visceral fat and the difference between body fat percentage and waist/hip ratio. Because this is important with regards to your health.

So a person with abs has a certain body fat percentage, and it’s much lower than the average person. But a person with a small waist will have a small waist/hip ratio, which means that a person has more of an hourglass figure.

Some people believe that once they reach their ab goal, that that’s the way that they’re going to look at their healthiest. They may have a blocky straight looking waist with no cinching in the middle, and when they look in the mirror, they conclude that that is just the way their body is; but that isn’t necessarily true. There’s fat underneath the muscle called visceral fat, the toxic fat that surrounds the organs of the body.

Researchers have tried to figure out whether they can measure a person’s visceral fat by measuring their waist, but that isn’t really the best way to figure that out. For someone who is overweight or obese, it is hard to tell how much is under the skin (subcutaneous fat) or how much is surrounding the organ (visceral fat) - measuring the waist doesn’t help to differentiate between the two.

There’s a study that shows that in people who are of a healthy weight, measuring the waist can be a good way to determine how much visceral fat they have. The best way to accomplish this is by measuring the ratio of your waist and your hips.

Measure your waist where it cinches in, close to your belly button, and measure your hips where your bottom/hips protrude the most. Then you divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement. Waist/Hip = whr, a healthy waist size is a WHR of 0.8 and below.

Lots of female bodybuilders have very low body fat percentages, yet their WHR is pretty high. The proportion of the size of their hips is very similar to the size of their waists, making their bodies appear blocky. A lot of bodybuilders neglect cardiovascular exercise, which specifically targets visceral belly fat, so even though they may be practicing habits to stay thin, they aren’t practicing all the habits to burn the visceral fat away.

So now you know the basic difference between having abs and having a small waist and the importance of getting rid of visceral fat. As a reminder, you’re not stuck with visceral fat forever, it isn’t a life sentence. It just means that you have work to do, and it will go away. All you have to do is make some changes to your lifestyle, add the habits to your new life, and it’ll go away.

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Study: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0377123717311978

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