Hard Belly Fat vs Soft Belly Fat:
According to studies done out of Quebec City, if you’ve got a hard belly it’s caused by high accumulations of visceral fat and just so you know, that’s fat located in the spaces between the organs in your abdominal cavity. If it’s hard, the fat is packed tightly against your organs. There’s no jiggle room. A soft belly is caused by subcutaneous fat, which is fat located close to the skin’s surface, so it has room to roll. Having a soft belly isn’t great, but it’s a lot healthier than a hard one.
Jean Pierre Despres, the research scientist who led the study, says a fat, hard belly is like having a ticking time bomb in your body– it increases your chances of heart disease, diabetes and is worse than smoking or having high cholesterol. The good news is that just losing 5 to 10% of your body weight will strip off 25-40% of that visceral fat.