The Two Fats - Visceral vs. Subcutaneous

January 4, 2019

We all know that riding your bike can make an impact on getting that waistline down, but when you are looking at your belly and pinching, there are two different types of fats that you are looking at. Visceral Fat and Subcutaneous Fat.






Visceral fat is sometimes referred to as the deep fat grows around the inner abdominal organs like the stomach and liver. This type of fat is associated with various serious health issues including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes (visceral fat is suspected to be the biggest factor in the development of insulin resistance). 




Shedding visceral fat can dramatically lower blood pressure, provide more favorable cholesterol levels, and improve your overall health. Visceral fat is highly responsive to diet and exercise. Click here for the last blog on The Top 5 Reasons You Should Be on Your Bike 


Subcutaneous fat is located right under the skin. This is the type of fat that is pinchable, it can be measured through skin fold calipers to determine body fat levels. 


While subcutaneous fat does not cause detrimental health issues like visceral fat can, excess subcutaneous fat tissue causes undesirable conditions such as saggy belly buttons, abdominal pouches, and love handles. Subcutaneous fat is not as responsive to a good diet and exercise and, as such, even healthy men and women who work out regularly and eat well struggle to lose this type of fat.


At PK'S Bike Shop it's our mission to help you get healthy and stay there.  Riding a bike inside or out can help you get rid of that dangerous visceral fat, as well as grind away at that subcutaneous fat layer.

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