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Excessive Internal Fat

Internal Fat

For most people, when they take on too much fat it becomes obvious very quickly – they get fatter and put on weight. For other people, the fat cells develop in other places that aren’t as visible, but are just as dangerous to your health. Saturated fat can raise cholesterol, which can lead to a heightened risk of heart disease and stroke. An MRI scan can reveal how much internal fat a person has, and this can reveal that even if a person has low levels of subcutaneous fat (the fat that we can actually see) they can have high levels of fat around their internal organs, and within their arteries. This is called visceral fat, and it lies much closer to the internal organs, and is therefore more dangerous. People with high levels of visceral fat are often called a ‘Tofi’ – Thin on the outside, fat on the inside. Though this might seem flippant, it has potentially serious health implications, as people with visceral fat are less likely to think they need to change their lifestyle, and can end up developing complications, such as diabetes and heart conditions, without realising it.

The main ways to control internal fat is to eat a healthy diet and ensure you take regular exercise. Some people are more genetically predisposed to store their fat viscerally rather than under the skin, but even so, a healthy lifestyle will reduce the quantity of fat, and the health risks that go with it.

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I am 22yrs old, 5ft 2inches and weigh 11.10 stone. I have tried to lose weight for the past 10 years. I have always eaten a balanced diet and have tried major exercises and many many diets. My doctors have even prescribed me on Orlistat tablets previously but I fell ill on these, as it is a strictly no fat diet. I think the main problem is my arms and my upper back. I could fly away with my bingo wings! My upper back fat is bigger than my breasts and stomach together. I have tried targeting these areas when exercising but nothing is working.. I have even had cryolipolysis treatment done but this did not make a difference at all to my arms and only slightly to my back. Everyone says I do not look as how much the scales say I way and I think these areas are the problem. I need help. Has anyone ever been in this situation and managed to escape? I always wear long sleeves, even in the summer and don't dare wear anything tight.. I thought this would all be sorted by now but I have worsened in weight if anything. Please help if you can, it will be muchly appreciated and you will be making my dreams come true.. I am worried about my health because of my size, something needs to be done but I've run out of options except surgery..





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Hello, I am 16 years old and 15 st 4. I suffer with severe depression and anxiety and i need help. Im 4ft 11 and have recently been too anxious to go to college, Im stuck at home at the moment trying to get a job but unable to because of my depression. I've tried everything, from dieting to starving myself for days, I honestly dont eat too much because i dont feel hungry and i havent eaten anymore than i did 2-3 years ago yet my weight still gains. I once did 3 weeks of dancing and school, 40 hours a week of constant exercise i had hardly any time to eat, i still put on weight throughout that process. My depression has been getting worse and its almost like my family has forgot about how ill i was. I haven't told anyone that i feel suicidal and im crying for help, Please... I dont want to be me anymore.





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Iv had one child witch was 3 year age I weigh 12 stone is that bad





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I am 16, I've been overweight or chubby since 2006 I've found it very hard to keep control over my weight I lost 3 stone but then lost all motivation, I'm insecure about taking my shirt off or being topless in front of anyone as it's more belly fat, I'm 5ft11 and I weigh 12st 11 can you give me any advice on how to lose the belly fat and get a flatter stomach as its part of the reason I suffer from depression.





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hi I am a size 10 but my belly really gets me down every day because I look pregnant (trust me I am not). through life I have lost weight and gained it but this time I have managed to stay healthy as I exercise 5 times a week by going the gym, swimming and zumba. My weight falls off every where else of my body apart from my stomach, I do not fancy having a tummy tuck and wondered if there was another solution of been able to get rid of the lower stomach fat!? Please help, I am 32 years old!





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Fat is a dumbass and spot-burning is a myth. Fat goes from where it's least needed first. There's a beautiful, cavernous gap in the abdomen, and 10 million years of evolution has decided that excess fat goes there first and leaves there last, to protect the reproductive organs. It assumes we're going to be fighting tigers in the woods, when we're more likely to be fighting Tiger Woods. It's just bad luck that the last place fat goes from is the first place we see in the mirror. No diet, no excercise, no weight-loss surgery will EVER change that. But it sounds to me that you're doing everything right. If it's getting you down, keep an eye on the other parts of your body and congratulate yourself on them instead.

I'm 15 and weigh about 8-9 stone, Im a little chubbier then all my freinds but I'm not exactly fat. I have lots of insecurities though and I'm too scared to go to the doctor it's too embarrassing. I have some belly fat that sticks out, apparently lots of teens experience this as 'puppy fat' but it's restricting what I wear and I get quite depressed about it, I once stopped eating for 2 weeks (stupid I know) but I did loose weight and it started going a bit. is there any work outs or diets I can try? I Used to do 200 sit ups every night...that toned me yeah but its not budged HELP





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Apart from your body image issues and the fact that Crunches are a terrible excercise, I should tell you something Caitlin. Fat is a DUMBASS. 10 million years of evolutionary perfection has told our body that the best thing for excess fat to do is give our reproductive organs a little extra protection, and 20 years of flat-bellied, sickly supermodels who have probably sacrificed their period due to malnutrition, is not going to change its mind. You can do 200 belly twists a day and the fat will STILL leave your upper arms first. So instead of worrying about that one little place, think about your WHOLE body. I bet your bottom looks great!

Hiya I need some tips to lose weight but I'm 16 years old and I am 5'0 foot and I'm 10 stones and I do have fat legs and I have stretch marks on the back of my legs and also on my hips,IV got a bit of a belly but I feel more insecure about my legs and I try and eat healthy but I eat too much sweet stuff when I'm at school, can anyone help me, I want to feel more healthy and happier and feel confident in my body :) thanks





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I'm nearly 17 and I'm so addicted on junk food and I'm 16 and half stone, i don't know what to do, i tried gym and being on diet...but....theres food in the way...:( its depressing as my parents getting married next year and they wanted me to look good in a dress and take photos..





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It's almost impossible to drop habits gradually. Forget about the diets for now. Cold-turkey yourself. All those processed junk-foods you know are bad for you? Drop them. No gradually. No 'once a week treat'. Just. Stop. It's like smoking. The first two weeks are always hard, but after that, it'll get easier.

hi Im 15 and quite over weight im not sure if this is the right thing but my male breasts are quite big for my age and im starting to think im not going to get rid of it or is there an easy way to get rid of it? im starting to get embarassed about it and always have to wear a shirt





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Hi, im 25 and have been obese for around 4 or 5 years. I'm 160cm tall, I weigh around 99kg and carry my weight mostly on my hips, bum and thighs. The main problem I have is that despite eating well, cutting portion sizes exercising and having regular weigh ins with the nurse, Ive never shifted more than 4lbs and I still have thick bulges inside my thighs that mean my legs constantly touch. I cannot wear skirts or dresses, I sweat so much that my underwear, leggings or trousers get wet and if I don't have anything between my legs the sweat runs down my legs. I always get rashes, broken skin or ingrown hairs. Ive tried using control underwear, talc, anti chaffing gels, antiperspirants etc but i HAVE to wear trousers even in hot weather. What can I do? Thanks





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