Belly Fat & Bottom Fat Different

Fat is fat, right? Not exactly, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Although belly fat that clings around the waistline and bottom fat that accumulates in the thighs both adversely affect your appearance, belly fat is much more dangerous to your health.

Over the course of 8 weeks, study subjects gained around 5.5 pounds of upper body fat and 3.3 pounds of lower body fat eating pretty much anything they wanted and in any amount. Researchers found that abdominal fat is caused by expanding fat cells while thigh fat results from fat cell multiplication. These different mechanisms impact health in different ways. In fact, production of lower body fat cells may actually play a role in protecting your upper body.

True Strength Moment: While the location of fat accumulation is largely determined by genetics, almost everyone has the power to do something about minimizing it. The process begins by watching what you eat and getting regular exercise. Monitoring your progress and making adjustments is the next step. Remember: there's no such thing as spot fat reduction. A million sit ups will build abdominal muscles, but you'll burn the fat over your entire frame. So work some chin ups, bench presses and squats into that routine.
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