The Omentum: Hidden Cause of Your Belly Fat

Published: 25th January 2011
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The omentum is defined as a sheet of fat which is covered by peritoneum (thin membrane that lines the abdomen and most organs) that is connected to the bottom of the stomach and slides over the intestines. It's purpose is to protect internal organs and to store excess fat which can be readily accessible to the liver. Anyone who attempts to burn belly fat must be aware that the home of most of this visceral fat is the omentum.

It stands to reason that if the bulge in most midsections is caused by this floating internal sheet of fat then the big belly that we are trying to rid ourselves of will probably not be reduced by sit ups or crunches. It will not be reduced by the latest pill or drink. Only a change in our internal chemistry will affect our omentum and thus reduce the girth of our belly. Knowing which foods actually help burn fat and which foods build fat is the first step to reducing the volume of this sliding sheet of fat that can make us look so unattractive.

As the omentum stores more and more fat other fat building phenomenons take place. First, as the omentum grows in it's fat volume it can actually suck insulin out of the blood stream and this creates high blood sugar which can in turn cause more fat gain in the body. The other problem with this omentum fat is that it secretes very little adiponectin, which is a chemical that triggers a hunger reducing hormone called leptin. So you can see that as the omentum grows fatter it sets in motion a vicious circle of events that cause fat accumulation to escalate. This all explains why we just seem to spiral out of control once our weight, especially belly fat, starts to increase.
The key to reducing the size of the omentum and our belly fat is knowing the precise foods that can burn fat and which foods build fat. To see how one obese celebrity burned his belly fat go to

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