The less fat you have in your body, regardless of its type or location, the better your heart health will be.
This is the finding of new research conducted by Peter Clifton, a professor of nutrition at the University of South Australia in Adelaide. Reporting on the study, Medical News Today explained that some research has been published in recent years that suggests some fat can protect the heart.
However, Professor Clifton’s work contradicts this and instead suggests that the less fat you have in your body, the better your cardiovascular health will be. In particular, he looked at how fat loss in the thighs, backside and surrounding muscles impacted people’s heart disease risk.
In each of the participants, he looked at their insulin, blood sugar, cholesterol, triglyceride and blood pressure levels. He concluded: “Loss of leg fat and leg lean tissue was directly associated with beneficial changes in cardiovascular disease risk markers.”
Professor Clifton stressed that anyone who is trying to become healthier therefore shouldn’t worry about where any fat loss occurs, because it’s all beneficial to the heart.
But losing fat can be more difficult than you might at first imagine. You obviously need to look at your diet and make sure that you’re not consuming too many calories in a day, and that the ones you are consuming offer the right balance of nutrients.
When it comes to training, you’ll probably benefit from online personal training in the UK, which can help you develop a training plan to ensure you’re getting the most out of your gym visits, as well as looking at your nutrition.
For instance, we recently wrote about the best rep ranges for fat loss, and revealed that it’s not as simple as picking one rep range and sticking to it.