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Old 07-09-2004, 09:43 PM   #1
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Differnce between soft and hard fat.

Is there a difference between hard fat and soft fat? I know it sounds like a silly question but I am very interested in knowing. I havn't been exercising that much (I know I am a bad girl!) My thighs feel very soft. Any ideas?
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Old 07-09-2004, 10:16 PM   #2
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There is a huge difference between the types of fat and it eventually could be a difference between life and death for many people. This is the difference. "Soft" fat is subcutaneous fat or fat that is just below the surface of the skin. If your going to have layer of fat, this is the one you want. For women, this is also considered to cause the dreaded cellulite. This fat, although no fat is really good, is the best kind to have. On the other hand, "hard" fat is referred to as visceral fat and is considered to be an indicator of possble heart disease and stroke later on down the road. This is the kind of fat that men get during their middle age and is often referred to as a beer belly. Ever seen a guy who is skinny until you see his protruding "beer" belly. The best thing you could do is convince him to lose weight because this is putting a huge strain on the heart. You are much better off having "jiggly" fat, then having that rock hard "fat" belly. The good news is that it is relatively easy to lose visceral fat and normally when a person loses a good deal of weight 20-30 pounds, you can almost be certain that they reduced the visceral fat by up to 85 percent (mens health magazine).

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Old 07-09-2004, 11:57 PM   #3
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Thank you Jeff for the great info. I wish I had no fat, but I guess I will take the jiggly stuff!!!
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Old 07-11-2004, 08:52 PM   #4
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Wow thanks for the info. I appreciate it
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Old 03-23-2010, 03:42 PM   #5
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I found this out on another site

There are two types of abdominal fat: visceral fat and subcutaneous fat.

Visceral fat (also called intra-abdominal fat) is stored beneath the muscles and wrapped around the internal organs.
Subcutaneous fat is stored between the skin and the abdominal muscle wall.

Of the two, visceral fat is more worrisome as it is linked to high cholesterol, high insulin, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and a host of other problems.
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Old 03-23-2010, 03:51 PM   #6
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So... I'm about 100 pounds overweight.. but I'm very very solid, and firm... no soft fat on my body... does that mean I have all visceral fat? I'm very evenly proportioned all over.. and no big pot belly.... if that helps....
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