Excess abdominal fat can impact your physical and mental health, as well as your risk of chronic disease.
Excess fat, especially around the stomach, is a risk factor for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. A lack of lean muscle is also one of the most important indicators for ageing and blood sugar control. Abdominal fat is also heavily associated with insulin resistance. Insulin is a storage hormone that effectively turns off fat burning and is released when you eat carbohydrates. Eating too many carbohydrates results in excessive release of insulin, which over time leads to insulin resistance. If you have insulin resistance and aren’t following a low carbohydrate diet, you won’t be burning fat!
Did you know that fat is an endocrine organ?
An endocrine organ releases hormones – for example, the pancreas releases insulin and ovaries produce oestrogen. Fat cells are endocrine organs too, releasing leptin to turn off hunger. However, the more fat you have the more leptin you release, which over time causes leptin resistance. If you are leptin resistant, you are not getting the “I’ve had enough to eat” message and can feel hungry all the time.
Fat cells release oestrogen, which in excess can cause hormone issue in both men and women.
Fat cells also release inflammatory chemicals, which is one of the main reasons why excess fat is linked to inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease.
The Good News…
We can turn this all around! Insulin resistance and leptin resistance can all be reversed and is a positive step to avoiding diabetes.
Long-term weight loss is about creating positive habits and rituals, to take a step in the right direction every day, and yes, you can do it and still enjoy your life, it’s all about balance.
If you have been struggling with weight loss for many years without much success, we can offer you a personal approach based around getting healthy and forming positive long-term wellness habits. We look at barriers to weight loss (such as thyroid function, liver toxicity and insulin resistance) and coach you on how to get the best results.
We also highly recommend that you consider genetic testing, as the information that we can gain about your fat metabolism, hunger, insulin signalling and most suitable exercise practices is invaluable and also quite easy to implement (when you know the best approach for you), however, this isn’t essential.