Visceral fat: Refuse to Regain
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
One of the most compelling images from Refuse to Regain is an MRI "trunk slice" showing visceral fat. This is a different image showing the same thing.
Mostly we're aware of subcutaneous fat, that fat just beneath the skin that you can grab handfuls of . . . but that's not the dangerous fat. People who pack on fat around the hips and buttocks outside the abdominal cavity may not be happy about it, but by and large they aren't at greater danger for obesity related diseases except maybe joint issues from overuse . And most heavy women do tend to be "pear shaped".
It's the"apple shaped types -- like myself -- who put on weight around the middle who are prone to "metabolic syndrome": all of those fat-related illnesses including heart disease, cancers, diabetes and so on. Sure I had a pooch of subcutaneous fat across my abdomen. But "visceral fat" is this fat packed inside the abdominal cavity, around the "viscera" or internal organs. Fat stores estrogen, and fat packed around the viscera bathes them in excess hormones which trigger the diseases.
I sometimes think about all of my fat cells, still present within my body. They may be more or less emptied out now, but like ever-open mouths they continue to scream silently to be plumped up again, with excess eating. What they crave most of all are those S food sugars and starches.
Yup, that's why as a a POW -- a previously overweight person -- I'm always going to be susceptible to weight gain.
Until I read Refuse to Regain, I'd never seen an image of visceral fat before . . . but that's what I was lugging around. Not something I'm going to forget!!