There is lots of chatter on Facebook about cheat meals today, considering this I have decided to ignore that band waggon and talk about fat storage sites and hormones instead.
Before I go on to the storage sites here is some basic info on the different types of fat. Yes, there is more than just one type of fat.
A fat that is often found in leaner people, they seem to have more brown fat than overweight or obese people. (Brown fat has a somewhat thermogenic affect.)
Much more plentiful than brown fat and fuelled by cookies. The job of white fat is to store energy and produce hormones that are then secreted into the bloodstream.
This fat is found directly under the skin. It’s the fat that’s measured using skin-fold calipers to estimate your total body fat.
Visceral Fat: (Unfortunately the worst type of fat.)
Visceral or “deep” fat wraps around the inner organs and spells trouble for your health. How do you know if you have it? If you have a large waist or belly you have visceral fat. Visceral fat drives up your risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even dementia.
So what does it mean when you store fat in certain areas?
Accumulation of fat on upper arms and chest is linked with Low Androgen Levels (Low levels of testosterone).
When you store fat on shoulders and hips it stems from Insulin related hormonal issues. Insulin is the storage hormone. Issues in this hormone can be from poor insulin sensitivity or insulin resistance, these can be trigger by excessive carbohydrate intake and a sedentary lifestyle.
What about that tricky fat on ribs? This has a correlation with a dysfunctional Thyroid Gland.
Fat on abdomen can be caused not only by too much sugar in your diet but also too much Cortisol (stress hormone).
A common problem for the ladies is fat on bottom and thighs, the reason for this is an elevated level of Oestrogen (female sex hormone).
Some people have tricky fat on the knees and calf’s, From studies I have read this is caused by low levels of Growth Hormone.
As you can see the fat storage sites are all directly linked to hormones, and how are our hormones affected? By the foods we eat, that is the answer you’re searching for.
Eating as many natural/whole foods as possible will give your body the best chance to establish optimal hormone levels, not to mention exercises, adequate sleep and good old fashion down time.
So when they say “A second on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.” this time they’re not wrong.