Fat Underneath your Belly – Intermittent Fasting and Hidden Visceral Fat

wait so fasting doesn’t decrease abdominal fat then why the heck have I’ve been preaching and promoting intermittent fasting alright it’s not quite that cut-and-dried see there’s some recent science some some really cool emerging studies that are showing that when you’re intermittent fasting there’s some transitions between belly fat over to visceral fat and vice-versa but we have to understand the science and we have to understand what our body is doing truly at a genetic level for this to make sense because at first glance it sounds bad but I promise when you watch this entire video you’ll understand that it’s not bad it’s actually a pretty cool efficient process that your body uses to burn more of your abdominal body fat ultimately you are tuned in to the Internet’s leading performance nutrition and fat loss channel new videos every single Tuesday Friday and Sunday at 7 a.m. Pacific time also make sure you hit that little Bell button so you can turn on notifications so you know 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one group was an intermittent fasting calorie restricted liquid diet group and another group was an intermittent fasting calorie restricted food eating group so basically the only differences between the two is they went on caloric restricted diets but one consumed a liquid diet one consumed the food diet that part’s not really relevant to be completely honest here’s how the study was broken up for first two weeks they had them consume their normal diet and for the next eight weeks after that they had them go in a pretty significant calorie stricted diet of course the one group with liquid the one group with food they would eat for six days and then on the seventh day they would practice intermittent fasting they would do a longer fast now here’s what they found at the end of these eight weeks both groups lost weight okay that’s a given but what was really intriguing was the fact that neither group lost a whole lot of abdominal sub-q fat okay so the liquid group lost 4.1 percent of their fat mass the food group lost 2.6 percent of their fat mass which is interesting in and of itself but what they found was that there is no significant change in the abdominal body fat but there was a bit of a significant change in terms of their visceral fat that was burned okay the liquid group lost 0.7 kilograms of visceral fat and the food group lost 0.3 kilograms of visceral fat so no change in belly fat but a change in visceral fat okay this sounds good right we actually want this and just to give you some context the visceral fat has been noted as the bad fat right it’s the dangerous belly fat it’s the fat that’s in between our organs the stuff that’s gonna contribute to all kinds of disease and yadda-yadda we’re finding now with science that that’s not really the case like a large abundance of visceral fat just like a large abundance of any fat is bad but visceral fat is also what protects our organs and what gives us an immediate supply of energy so we actually want some visceral fat so what we’re finding with science is that belly fat like the actual white adipose tissue that’s just used for insulation the unsightly stuff actually can turn into visceral fat which if we followed old belief that would be like the worst thing ever like that would be oh my gosh you’re gonna take that harmless unsightly fat and you’re gonna turn it in to dangerous visceral fat that’s gonna give you a heart attack it’s gonna kill you okay so if this was 5 10 years ago we’d all be freaking out but when we start looking at genes this is really really flippin cool so now we get into the study and that is pretty deep and I’m gonna explain this in a pretty superficial way because I don’t want to go down a serious rabbit hole especially when you start talking about genes because it gets really complex but this was a study that was published in Nature communications and I have to be completely honest with you guys cuz I don’t want to lie this study was done on mice but full disclaimer a lot of times genetics studies are done on mice simply because we can get a quicker breakdown of what’s going to happen and it usually usually usually translates over into the human population as well but it’s still fascinating so this study took a look at the effect of a 24-hour fast on white adipose tissue and visceral fat I wanted to take a look specifically at the up regulation and down regulation of very specific genes normally you have this gene called PR D m-16 it’s actually a protein ok this PR d m16 triggers what is called adaptive thermogenesis adaptive thermogenesis is fat burning as we know it right it’s the fact where your body increases the temperature and starts burning your unsightly body fat okay so PR D m16 is good we do want PR D m16 however they found with fasting that PR D m16 went down and this again sounds really bad right why would we want adaptive thermogenesis to slow down well what they started to find when they looked into this a little bit more was that there was a subsequent increase in a gene known as Mir 1 4 9 what they found is that Mir 149 stopped PR D m16 so at first glance this mir 149 looks terrible it looks horrible it looks like a gene that comes in and stops thermogenesis from occurring and not the case what they found was that this mir 149 increased the transcription of subcutaneous white adipose tissue again just unsightly yet harmless belly fat over to visceral fat so Mir 149 although stopping thermogenesis encouraged a shift from belly fat that was just visual to actual visceral fat okay now you’re again probably wondering like why we don’t want this we don’t want this transition so they took it one step further just to confirm this though okay what they did is they gave the subjects an Mir one for nine blocking drug okay so if they blocked Mir one nine entirely they found that PRD m16 still remained elevated so with mir 149 out of the equation fasting would directly target subcutaneous white adipose tissue belly fat so that makes us all say well where can i get my hands on this i want to take this because I want fasting to burn my belly fat directly okay well the fact is we’re not gonna get our hands on a gene mutation drug this is not gonna happen but we have to take things another step further and look outside the box once again I encourage you to expand your mind when you do this visceral fat is not bad the visceral fat has a lot of oxidative pathway it has a lot of blood flow which means that it can immediately supply energy for the body so when you’re in a fasted state in a severe calorie deprived State it’s actually a good thing that your body is changing transcription and shifting the white adipose tissue to become more of a brown visceral fat because the brown visceral fat is available for energy immediately it can go right into portal utilization it can go right into the body and be used for fuel so fats that are visce
ral fats can be used for energy in a much more accessible way now in addition to that visceral fat also has more glucocorticoid receptors and more androgen receptors what does that mean okay well fasting is all about stress so that means that if you have more glucocorticoid receptors you’re gonna have a bigger impact from stress on fat burning so you want to be stressed out when you’re fasting okay at least physiologically not mentally necessarily but you want to have your body stressed out that’s why you’re burning fat so if you have more glucocorticoid receptors that are gonna receive cortisol that are gonna receive epinephrine norepinephrine they’re gonna get elevated more and they’re gonna burn more so we want that so basically all we have is a simple pathway that belly fat turns into visceral or starts to develop visceral like properties so that it can get burned so when you actually measure your adipose tissue is your belly fat in a research setting you’re not going to see a big decrease but you’re gonna see a decrease in your visceral fat but it’s just because the body is going through this natural progression so simply because visceral fat is more accessible it tells the body Changez a genetic level to make your adipose tissue into visceral fat so it’s kind of a play on words in a way it’s kind of a weird twist but ultimately you still are burning belly fat you’re just turning it into visceral fat first so the whole purpose of this video is not to be afraid of the visceral fat it’s going to have a big effect on your body in a very very positive way when you go on any kind of fast that’s longer than 18 hours so as always make sure you keeping it locked in here on my channel you have ideas for future videos or you want me to expand on this topic of the genetic level I’m happy to just put it down in the comment section below and we’ll rock and roll see you soon [Music]

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