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Are You Fat on the Inside

Even if you look thin on the outside you may still be carrying dangerously high levels of internal fat on the inside.

This internal fat surrounds vital organs such as your heart, liver and kidneys and is called organ fat, intra-abdominal fat or visceral fat.

You may already know that obesity levels are rising to dangerous levels throughout the world. But did you know there are more overweight people now than there are undernourished? Two thirds of British adults, and over two thirds of American adults, are overweight and one in four of us is classified as obese.

You may think you’re not included here but scientists have discovered a new phenomenon called ‘TOFI’.

TOFI stands for Thin on the Outside - Fat on the Inside and millions of people are affected.

This could mean even if you think you are at your ideal weight and healthy, you could be at a higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes than someone who is obviously obese.

This is because there are two types of fat lurking inside your body.

The first type of fat is called subcutaneous fat and is stored just under your skin in the subcutaneous layer. This layer of fat is highly visible on the outside and people carrying too much subcutaneous fat are classed as overweight or even obese.

The second type of fat is called visceral fat and it is not visible from the outside. The scary thing is most people do not even know it exists and your internal organs could be swimming in this type of fat without you even realising.

Diagram showing layers of Visceral fat and Subcutaneous fat

Thanks to new technology, doctors now have the ability to see what is going on inside our bodies regarding inner layers of fat and the results are shocking.

With the help of MRI scans doctors can now see layers of visceral fat which have previously been hidden. Visceral fat is dangerous because it surrounds and penetrates vital organs such as the kidneys, liver and heart. It can also become streaked through muscles.

With the ongoing war against obesity and its associated health risks regularly hitting the headlines this is unwelcome news for the majority of people who have previously thought themselves healthy and reasonably fit.

Dr Bell is a professor from Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK, and he specializes in analysing the internal visceral fat of patients. According to Dr Bell the shocking truth is that it's not just the obviously obese who are in trouble from their diet.

It could be all of us.

Jacques Peretti took part in a scientific trial as part of a television series he was involved in making for the BBC.

Here you can watch as Jacques has his internal fat levels checked with Dr Bell:

Jacques was so stunned by his results he found it difficult to continue interviewing the professor properly.

Jacques has always thought himself to be relatively fit, he cycles to work every day, walks up escalators and plays football in the garden. But he wasn't prepared for the truth about his internal levels of fat.

If you’re one of those people who can virtually eat anything and never seems to put on any weight, think again, because your luck could be about to run out.

But there is a solution.

According to Dr Bell we should all learn to cook from scratch ourselves so that we know exactly what we are putting in our mouths.

Change the way you eat by adding natural foods to your diet that contain no additives, preservatives or chemicals and you will find it far easier to lose weight naturally.

Hidden additives like sugar are mainly responsible for this epic wave in weight gain over the past forty years.

Sugar is added to all processed foods, low fat foods, convenience food, most fast foods, canned drinks and even low fat milk. Forget wine too, the sugar in the alcohol also turns to fat.

When the food industry jumped on the bandwagon for producing low fat alternatives to high fat foods, they found that simply removing the fat wasn’t enough. This resulted in the food having no taste. It was a bit like chewing through a bowl of cardboard.

So they had to add something to make the food more palatable and appealing to the customers who they were aiming to sell these low fat ranges to. And that something was sugar.

Sugar is everywhere and not just confined to the sugar bowl on your table anymore.

Secondly, Dr Bell recommends that we make short, sharp bursts of sprinting. Just for 30 seconds at a time, three or four times a week. Apparently this mimics how humans behaved when they were hunter-gatherers and this short sharp exercise will help to burn off the internal fat.

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