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How to Lose Subcutaneous Fat

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  • Subcutaneous fat is the kind of excess weight that jiggles just under your skin; incorporating a diet high in healthy fat, high-intensity exercise and timing your food intake to optimize metabolism are simple strategies to help you lose subcutaneous fat
  • A second location fat may be found is wrapped around your internal organs; this visceral fat is metabolically active and releases hormones that increase insulin resistance and negatively impact your ability to lose weight, and increase your risk of stroke, heart attack and Type 2 diabetes
  • Lifestyle and genetic factors impact how much and where subcutaneous fat may develop. Smoking and drinking alcohol are independently associated with visceral fat, while being sedentary, having little muscle mass and being insulin resistant are associated with subcutaneous and visceral fat
  • Your mental health matters when trying to lose weight since chronic stress increases the release of cortisol, a hormone that undermines weight loss with prolonged exposure; seek out stress reducing strategies and consider Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

If you need to lose weight to reach your health goals, it's crucial to understand you cannot out-exercise your mouth. However, while diet is far more important than exercise, physical movement is the leverage you'll use to optimize your health and fitness.

For instance, exercise has been proven to be as effective, or more, than many drug treatments for common health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and depression.

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