Even if you have a rock-hard pack of abs, you still have belly fat. And how much flab you have around your middle has a big impact on your health. Here’s help getting a handle on your belly fat.
People store most of their fat in two ways – one you can see and one you can't.
The fat you can see is just under the skin in the thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen. That's called subcutaneous (under the skin) fat.
The fat you can't see is deeper inside, around the vital organs (heart, lungs, digestive tract, liver, and so on) in the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. That's called "visceral" fat.
Many people are self-conscious about the fat they can see. But actually, it's the hidden fat -- the visceral fat -- that may be a bigger problem, even for thin people.