Body Fat Location Can Predict Disease

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

Find out why men and women store fat differently—and how it affects your risk of disease.


0:00 Introduction: Where your fat is on your body predicts disease

0:10 Subcutaneous vs. visceral fat

1:25 Adipose tissue and insulin resistance

2:30 How to address insulin resistance and excess body fat

3:19 Share your success story!

In this video, we’re going to talk about why where your fat is on your body can predict disease.

There is a significant difference in where men and women store fat. Women tend to have more subcutaneous fat, and men tend to have more visceral fat.

- Women -

• Subcutaneous fat

• Fat accumulates in the butt, hips, and thighs

• Less risk due to estrogen until menopause

- Men -

• Visceral fat

• Fat accumulates in the gut

• Higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, inflammation, insulin resistance, fatty liver, and other metabolic diseases

When a woman hits menopause, their estrogen lowers, which allows for more visceral fat to accumulate.

Adipose tissue is glandular. It provides storage for fuel, produces hormones, and has many other functions.

When you have insulin resistance, you can have it in different tissues, including you:

• Liver

• Muscles

• Pancreas

• Heart

Insulin resistance impairs the function of your fat cells, causing them to no longer accept fat. In turn, there’s a spillover effect. The fat then is stored in ectopic tissue—meaning it no longer goes into adipose tissue but instead into and around other organs.

This situation causes further resistance to insulin, creating a vicious cycle.

When you’re in this situation, the only way to address it is to go on a low-carb diet. This will help normalize your insulin levels and push your body into fat-burning mode.

If you try to lose weight without lowering your carbohydrates, you won’t fully resolve insulin resistance. Don’t focus on losing weight—focus on normalizing your insulin. If you can do that, your weight will normalize naturally.

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